Review of glass fibre grid use for pavement reinforcement and APT experiments at IFSTTAR

Reinforcement using an interlayer system has been demonstrated for more than four decades as a multi-purpose solution to improve performance, to extend service life and thus to reduce maintenance costs of road pavements. Among a large number of existing interlayer systems, glass fibre grids have shown effective use in pavement reinforcement with a hot mix asphalt overlay. Recently they have received increasing attention from the pavement community. However, as for other types of interlayer systems, the mechanisms underlying the effectiveness and proper installation of this type of reinforcement system are still not fully understood, and the choice of the most appropriate grid (e.g. mesh size, tensile strength) and its optimal location in the pavement system are mainly based on experience. This article presents firstly a literature review on the use of glass fibre grids in pavement reinforcement. Then some results of recent full-scale tests on the accelerated pavement testing facility of the The French Institute of Science and Technology for Transport, Development and Networks (IFSTTAR) are presented. They confirm that glass fibre grid properly installed near the bottom of the asphalt layer improves significantly the fatigue life of the reinforced pavement. They also demonstrate the efficiency of glass grid use under only a thin asphalt overlay. Finally, first results obtained using an original instrumentation of glass grid strands by means of strain gages, to understand better the mechanical behaviour of the glass fibre reinforcement in a new pavement structure are described.


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  • Accession Number: 01485255
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 28 2013 9:26AM