Developing a Performance-Based Concrete Overlay Mix Design for Improved Resistance to Early-Age Cracking and Increased Durability

Concrete bridge decks are exposed to a wide range of environmental and mechanical distress that can lead to severe deterioration. Typical bridge deck deterioration starts with shrinkage cracks, and additional cracks may occur due to traffic loads and effects such as temperature and moisture fluctuations. Cracking can lead to water and chloride ingress, causing corrosion of the reinforcement and further damage to the structure. In Texas, several concrete overlay mix design options are available, however, they are prescriptive-based. Although convenient, prescriptive-based designs have led to inconsistencies between mixtures and batches during placement, especially when mobile mixers are used. Additionally, as individual materials in prescriptive concrete overlay mix designs evolve and newer or alternative materials become available; e.g., Type IL cements and alternative supplementary cementitious materials (SCMs), unexpected and unanticipated behavior can occur. Furthermore, as bridge decks age there will be a need to preserve service life and ensure long-term performance of concrete overlay mix designs through performance-based specifications. This project aims at developing a robust performance-based, non-UHPC, mix design specification for concrete overlays to achieve low cracking and superior long-term durability. Developing such a specification that is adaptable to shifts in material technology will ensure long-term success in practice.


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  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $700371
  • Contract Numbers:


  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Texas Department of Transportation

    125 E. 11th Street
    Austin, TX  United States  78701-2483
  • Managing Organizations:

    Texas Department of Transportation

    125 E. 11th Street
    Austin, TX  United States  78701-2483
  • Project Managers:

    Jensen, Darrin

  • Performing Organizations:

    Texas State University, San Marcos

    JCK Building, Suite 489
    San Marcos, TX  United States 
  • Principal Investigators:

    Torres, Anthony

  • Start Date: 20230901
  • Expected Completion Date: 20260831
  • Actual Completion Date: 0

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01894805
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Texas Department of Transportation
  • Contract Numbers: 0-7172
  • Files: RIP, STATEDOT
  • Created Date: Sep 27 2023 1:49PM