Evaluation of Fiber Reinforced Composite Dowel Bars and Stainless Steel Dowel Bars

The use of steel dowel bars to transfer forces across sawed or formed transverse joints from one concrete pavement slab to another while permitting expansion and contraction movements of the concrete has been a basic design practice in most U.S. state departments of transportation for many decades. The objectives of this study are to: (1) assess the constructability, placement verification, environmental qualities and performance capabilities of fiber reinforced polymer (FRP) dowels and stainless steel dowels to perform the load transfer and joint movement requirements in concrete pavement joints for the full service life of the pavement without detrimental corrosion or deterioration; and (2) consider the comparative performance and service life costs of these alternative materials and epoxy coated mild steel for use in dowel bars.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $54000.00
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  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Illinois Department of Transportation

    2300 S. Dirksen Parkway
    Springfield, IL  United States  62764

    Kansas Department of Transportation

    Eisenhower State Office Building
    700 SW Harrison Street
    Topeka, KS  United States  66603-3754

    Ohio Department of Transportation

    Research Program
    1980 West Broad Street
    Columbus, OH  United States  43223

    Wisconsin Department of Transportation

    PO Box 7910
    4802 Sheboygan Avenue, Room 104
    Madison, WI  United States  53707-7910
  • Project Managers:

    Jones, Cynthia

  • Start Date: 20081017
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20111017
  • Source Data: RiP Project 29763

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01546305
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Federal Highway Administration
  • Contract Numbers: TPF-5(188)
  • Files: RIP, STATEDOT
  • Created Date: Dec 3 2014 1:00AM