Fiber-Reinforced Concrete Proves Worth for Airport Pavements

by Robert D. Howell, Vice Pres.; J. H. Kleinfelder & Associates, Reno, Nevada,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1982, Vol. 52, Issue 5, Pg. 52-55

Document Type: Feature article


Laboratory and field tests indicate that fiber-reinforced concrete has higher flexural and tensile strength, higher impact resistance, and improved resistance to spalling and joint deterioration when compared to conventional Portland cement concrete. Two projects utilizing Portland cement concrete reinforced with steel fibers are described. The first is an apron overlay at Fallon Naval Air Station, the other is a new taxiway at Cannon International Airport in Reno. Both pavements have been in constant use since construction and are performing as designed.

Subject Headings: Fiber reinforced concrete | Airport and airfield pavements | Tensile strength | Portland cement | Pavement design | Load and resistance factor design | Flexural strength

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