Hybrid Concrete for Advancing Pavement Performance

Project Details
STATUS

In-Progress

START DATE

03/01/17

END DATE

02/28/18

RESEARCH CENTERS InTrans, CTRE, MTC
SPONSORS

Iowa Department of Transportation
Iowa Highway Research Board
Mid-America Transportation Center
USDOT/OST-R

Researchers
Principal Investigator
Kejin Wang

PCC Engineer, CP Tech

About the research

The objective of this study is to explore the advantages, challenges, and feasibility of using a hybrid, semi-flexible, semi-ridge concrete for highway pavements, bridge decks, and overlays. This hybrid concrete will be made with asphalt pervious concrete filled with self-consolidating Portland cement mortar, and called a casting cement asphalt mixture (CCAM). The mixture is expected to possess the advantages of both asphalt (flexible) and Portland cement (rigid) concrete, such as no requirement for jointing, high resistance to rutting, high stability at elevated temperatures, and excellent mechanical and durability properties, thus advancing performance and longevity of transportation infrastructures.

In this study, experiments will be designed and conducted to achieve optimal CCAM mixes. The basic engineering properties, such as strength, shrinkage, and freeze-thaw durability, of the CCAMs, will be evaluated. The interactions of asphalt and Portland cement concrete will be examined, and their synergetic effects on pavement performance will be assessed.

It is expected that the results from the study will not only help determine if CCAMs are viable for transportation infrastructure but also provide fundamental insights and recommendations to lead to further evaluations of other key engineering properties and development of guidelines for applying CCAMs in practice.


Funding Sources:
Iowa Department of Transportation
Iowa Highway Research Board ($45,000.00)
Mid-America Transportation Center
USDOT/OST-R
Total: $45,000.00

Contract Number: DTRT13-G-UTC37

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