Early Opening of Concrete Pavements to Traffic

by David D. Davis, Univ of Illinois, United States,
Michael I. Darter, Univ of Illinois, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Structural Materials


Current practice for opening slab replacements and full-depth repairs to traffic ranges widely from 2 hours to several days. A rational and simple procedure is urgently needed for determining the minimum time required for a given concrete mixture to cure under prevailing temperature conditions before opening to traffic to avoid significant fatigue damage which would lead to premature cracking. To this end, a field and analytical study was conducted to determine the minimum curing time for a variety of mixtures, types of curing, temperature conditions and slab thicknesses. Guidelines are presented for field applications.

Subject Headings: Concrete pavements | Traffic management | Slabs | Curing | Field tests | Concrete beams | Concrete slabs | Rehabilitation

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