Assessing Risk of D-Cracking in Concrete Aggregates

Portland cement concrete pavements in the midwestern United States (US) can suffer premature deterioration due to so-called D-cracking. One of the causes of this distress is that the pore size distribution within the aggregate will readily absorb water, but prevent it from evaporating due to surface tension effects. Saturated aggregates that are subjected to freezing will expand and crack, leading to damage in the pavement, starting near sawn joints. There are also some chemical effects, but these are outside the scope of this work. The aim of this work is to conduct a proof-of-concept assessment of some innovative alternative approaches to assessing the risk of D-cracking in aggregates that will be rapid, cost-effective, and reliable.


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  • Status: Completed
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  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

    University Transportation Centers Program
    Department of Transportation
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Performing Organizations:

    Iowa State University

    National Concrete Pavement Technology Center
    2711 South Loop Drive Suite 4700
    Ames, Iowa  United States  50010
  • Principal Investigators:

    Taylor, Peter

    Hasiuk, Franek

  • Start Date: 20150401
  • Expected Completion Date: 20160531
  • Actual Completion Date: 0

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01578159
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Midwest Transportation Center
  • Contract Numbers: DTRT13-G-UTC37
  • Files: UTC, RiP
  • Created Date: Oct 13 2015 4:17PM