Uncracked joints in plain concrete pavements: causes, effects and possibilities of improvements

Mauricio Pradena, Lambert Houben
2016 Journal of Transport Literature  
Article Info Abstract Keywords: pavements concrete uncracked joints crack width During the construction of Jointed Plain Concrete Pavements (JPCPs) in Chile, it was observed that joints remained uncracked. The objectives of this paper are to evaluate the effects of uncracked joints (UnCrJ) in JPCPs and to propose possible solutions or improvements to avoid or minimize this phenomenon. Considering low thermal amplitude as cause of UnCrJ, a rational-based, detailed and empirically validated model
more » ... lly validated model is used to predict UnCrJ and crack width. The modelled results are not only due to material changes but also to the location of the series of cracks in time in the JPCP system. The paper contributes with this rational approach, instead of an empirical-simplified one, to achieve the objectives. For the modelled conditions, the "as-built" slab length range is 8 m to 56 m instead of the 4 m designed one. Then, more curling, joint faulting, water infiltration in sealed joints and load transfer efficiency ≤ 70% are expected. The alternative solutions proposed are associated to innovations as short joints spacing, unsealed joints and saw-cuts up to 50% thickness made with thin blade (≤ 3mm), which was verified with new field evidence provided in the article.
doi:10.1590/2238-1031.jtl.v10n1a8 fatcat:nxtq37a6mzgtbph7hsxx2sbzum