Improving Specifications to Resist Frost Damage in Modern Concrete Mixtures

The goal of the research is to produce improved specifications, and test methods; while, improving the understanding of the underlying mechanisms of frost damage. Specifically, this work will seek to develop new test procedures that may be faster and/or more reliable than the existing methods. The objectives of this project are to: determine the necessary properties of the air-void system to provide satisfactory frost durability in laboratory testing of laboratory and field concretes with different combinations of admixtures, cements, and mixing temperatures in salt environments; (2) determine the accuracy of a simple field test method that measures air void system quality with field and laboratory concrete; (3) determine the critical combinations of absorption and the critical degree of saturation on the frost durability in accelerated laboratory testing in the presence of deicer salts; and (4) establish new test methods and specifications for fresh and hardened concrete to determine frost durability and field performance. Understanding the research on freeze-thaw mechanisms is important for two main groups: practicing professionals and graduating undergraduate and graduate students. A portion of this project will be dedicated to development of a strong educational technology transfer program. Develop a short course that utilizes streaming video (and could be placed on a DVD for widespread dissemination). Practicing professionals frequently require information in a short time frame to respond to practice-based problems. The DVD/streaming video approach provides the information as it is needed and as such it is perfect for this application.


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  • Status: Programmed
  • Funding: $1220000
  • Contract Numbers:


    OK 30802(04)

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    New Jersey Department of Transportation

    1035 Parkway Avenue
    Trenton, NJ  United States  08625

    Oklahoma Department of Transportation

    200 NE 21st Street
    Oklahoma City, OK  United States  73105

    Rhode Island Department of Transportation

    State Office Building, 2 Capitol Hill
    Providence, RI  United States  02903

    Wisconsin Department of Transportation

    4802 Sheboygan Avenue
    Madison, WI  United States  53707

    Pennsylvania Department of Transportation

    Keystone Building
    400 North Street
    Harrisburg, PA  United States  17120

    North Dakota Department of Transportation

    608 East Boulevard Avenue
    Bismarck, ND  United States  58505-0700

    Nebraska Department of Roads

    1500 Highway 2
    Lincoln, Nebraska  United States  68509-4759

    Minnesota Department of Transportation

    395 John Ireland Boulevard
    St Paul, MN  United States  55155

    Michigan Department of Transportation

    Murray Van Wagoner Building
    425 West Ottawa, P.O. Box 30050
    Lansing, MI  United States  48909

    Kansas Department of Transportation

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

    Iowa Department of Transportation

    800 Lincoln Way
    Ames, IA  United States  50010

    Indiana Department of Transportation

    Indiana Government Center North
    100 North Senate Avenue
    Indianapolis, IN  United States  46204-2249

    Illinois Department of Transportation

    2300 S. Dirksen Parkway
    Springfield, IL  United States  62764

    Idaho Department of Transportation

    P.O. Box 7129
    3311 W. State Street
    Boise, ID  United States  83707-1129

    Connecticut Department of Transportation

    2800 Berlin Turnpike
    Newington, CT  United States  06131

    Colorado Department of Transportation

    4201 East Arkansas Avenue
    Denver, CO  United States  80222

    Federal Highway Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590

    New York State Department of Transportation

    50 Wolf Road
    Albany, NY  United States  12232

    Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities

    Research & Technology Transfer
    2301 Peger Road
    Fairbanks, AK  United States  99709-5399
  • Project Managers:

    Curb, Ron

  • Start Date: 20140501
  • Expected Completion Date: 20190228
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • Source Data: RiP Project 42247

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01590710
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Federal Highway Administration
  • Contract Numbers: TPF-5(297), OK 30802(04)
  • Files: RiP, USDOT
  • Created Date: Feb 22 2016 1:01AM