Design and Construction Guidelines for Thermally Insulated Concrete Pavements (MnROAD Study)

The main objective of the proposed research is to perform life cycle cost analysis comparisons and develop design and construction guidelines for thermally insulated concrete pavements (TICPs) (i.e. composite thin hot mix asphalt overlays of new or structurally sound existing portland cement concrete pavements). The study also has the following secondary objectives: (1) Validation of the structural and climatic models of the Mechanistic-Empirical Pavement Design Guide (MEPDG) for asphalt overlays of concrete pavements. (2) Investigation of applicability of the MEPDG for design of TICPs. (3) Investigation of applicability of reflective cracking and asphalt rutting models developed in California. (4) Development of recommendations for feasibility analysis of newly constructed TICPs or thin overlays of the existing concrete pavements. These objectives will be accomplished by collecting field performance data and evaluating the influence of design, material properties and construction on the performance of TICPs. A portion of this project involves constructing new test sections at the Minnesota Road Research Facility (MnROAD) to study TICPs. The funding for initial construction of the test sections will be obtained separately from the Minnesota Department of Transportation and other partners.


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  • Status: Completed
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  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Local Road Research Board

    395 John Ireland Boulevard
    St. Paul, Minnesota  USA  55155-1899

    Washington State Department of Transportation

    Transportation Building
    Olympia, WA  USA  98504

    Minnesota Department of Transportation

    Transportation Building
    395 John Ireland Boulevard
    St Paul, MN  USA  55155

    California Department of Transportation

    1227 O Street
    Sacramento, CA  USA  95843

    Federal Highway Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  USA  20590
  • Project Managers:

    Clyne, Tim

  • Performing Organizations:

    University of Minnesota, St Paul

    1530 North Cleveland Avenue
    St Paul, MN  USA  55101
  • Start Date: 20080130
  • Actual Completion Date: 20121106
  • Source Data: RiP Project 33903

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01487984
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Federal Highway Administration
  • Contract Numbers: TPF-5(149)
  • Files: RiP
  • Created Date: Jul 24 2013 1:02AM