Evaluation of Long-Term Impacts of Early Opening of Concrete Pavements

This project will help to establish a method for determining when a Portland Cement Concrete (PCC) pavement or patch can be opened earliest to traffic without compromising its long-term performance. To achieve it, the very early-age fatigue damage and associated long-term distress in PCC pavement subjected to early opening will be evaluated and monitored. This will verify early-opening methodologies recent research has proposed. The objectives of this study will be: Evaluate visible and non-visible immediate and long-term damage caused by early age loading. To achieve it, a comprehensive analysis of sensor reading and non-destructive test results should be conducted; Quantify the effect of early loading damage on long-term performance; Determine minimum strength at opening or other measurable variables associated with this parameter; Recommend strategies for minimizing or avoiding early loading damage detrimental to long-term performance.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $149,999.00
  • Contract Numbers:

    1003327 WO#3

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    National Road Research Alliance

    St. Paul, MN  United States  55155
  • Managing Organizations:

    Minnesota Department of Transportation

    395 John Ireland Boulevard
    St Paul, MN  United States  55155
  • Project Managers:

    Fick, Debra

  • Performing Organizations:

    University of Pittsburgh

    Benedum Engineering Hall
    Pittsburgh, PA  United States  15261
  • Principal Investigators:

    Khazanovich, Lev

  • Start Date: 20171213
  • Expected Completion Date: 20210831
  • Actual Completion Date: 0

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01656484
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Minnesota Department of Transportation
  • Contract Numbers: 1003327 WO#3
  • Files: RIP, STATEDOT
  • Created Date: Jan 17 2018 12:48PM