Proposed Specification for Construction of Airfield Concrete Pavements

The Standards for Specifying Construction of Airports, FAA Advisory Circular: AC 150/5370- 10B incorporates Item P-501 – Portland Cement Concrete Pavement. Airfield concrete pavement project funded under the Federal Airport Improvement Program (AIP) are typically developed in accordance with the requirements contained in Item P-501 and sometimes in conjunction with specific project requirements and local practices related to material availability and regional concerns, and as approved by the FAA. Item P-501 provides guidance on the following: 1. Concrete materials (including composition and materials requirements) 2. Construction methods (including equipment, concrete placement, finishing, jointing, curing, and sealing) 3. Method of acceptance (including sampling and testing) 4. Contractor quality control 5. Basis for payment As part of a recent study, a proposed specification for construction of concrete airfield pavements has been developed for possible adoption by the FAA. The proposed specification places emphasis on the need to produce a durable end product, vis-à-vis, a durable concrete pavement. The product requirements that are specified are a combination of prescriptive requirements for certain materials as well as end product requirements for the as-delivered concrete and for the as-placed concrete. There is less emphasis on the means and methods to produce the end product. This should allow the contractor reasonable flexibility to use innovative construction methods and equipment that will result in cost savings to owner agencies without sacrificing the quality of the product. Specifically, the proposed specification will allow constructors to identify sources of variability in the airfield concrete pavement construction process and to minimize the variability; thus delivering an end product that is consistent and durable. The proposed specification intent is to: 1. Inspire creativity and maintain a standard for the evaluation of the construction 2. Incorporate a system of measurement consistent with acceptance criteria that will validate the design parameters 3. Encourage innovation and be "results-oriented" 4. Result in a product of the highest quality and consistent with the available local materials. This paper presents highlights of the proposed specification.

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    • Abstract reprinted with permission from the International Society for Concrete Pavements.
  • Corporate Authors:

    International Society for Concrete Pavements

    6305 Oyster Bay Court
    Bridgeville, Pennsylvania  United States  15017
  • Authors:
    • Tayabji, Shiraz
    • Anderson, John
    • Lafrenz, Jim
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  • Publication Date: 2008


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: CD-ROM; References;
  • Pagination: pp 403-419
  • Monograph Title: 9th International Conference on Concrete Pavements: The Golden Gate to Tomorrow's Concrete Pavements

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01494614
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 26 2013 2:20PM