Use of fabrics and other measures for retarding reflective cracking of asphaltic concrete overlays
Jackson, Ralph D.
Miscellaneous PaperAbstract: Prevention or control of reflection cracks in asphaltic concrete overlays has been a problem from the inception of this type of construction. The many different treatments that have been tried in an effort to solve this problem are: (1.) reinforcement within and below the overlay, (2.) bond breakers, (3.) stress-relieving layers, (4.) asphalt-mix additives, and (5.) placement of fabrics between the existing pavement and the overlay. At the present time, no treatment has been tried that will completely prevent the formation of reflection cracks. Some treatments do delay the formation of cracks, while others do not appear to help at all. Indications are that fabrics do have some beneficial effects, such as a moisture barrier, even though the overlays develop reflection cracks. The fabrics that have been tried for the control of reflection cracks include: (A.) Petromat, (B.) Bidim, (C.) Typar, (D.) Cerex, (E.) Mirafi, (F.) Structofors, (G.) Bituthene, (H.) Protecto-Wrap, and (I.) fiberglass. Asphalt-rubber interlayers, as formulated by the Arizona Refining Company and the Sahuaro Petroleum Company, show promise in retarding reflection cracks.
Geotechnical Laboratory (U.S.)Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.)
Asphaltic concrete overlays; Concrete reinforcement; Stress-relieving layers; Bond breakers; Asphalt-mix additives; Asphalt-rubber interlayers; Fabrics; Geotextiles
Report (United States. Federal Aviation Administration. Systems Research and Development Service) ; FAA-RD-80-8.
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