Laboratory Evaluations of Long-Term Hydraulic Performance and Maintenance Requirements for Pervious Concrete Mixes: A Case Study in Southern Brazil

Widespread adoption and acceptance of pervious concrete systems in new areas using local materials and equipment are dependent on having information on the efficacy of the mix and their longterm needs for rehabilitation. In Porto Alegre, Brazil recent governmental mandates include incorporating permeable pavements into projects. This study expanded on research into the effectiveness of using readily available aggregate for adequate hydraulic performance and clogging resistance of pervious concrete to also determine the effectiveness of maintenance procedures. Laboratory specimens from three mixes with differently screened aggregate were cast and infiltration rates evaluated initially, post clogging, after sweeping and after powerwashing. The results indicate that all three mixes maintain similar hydraulic functionality after rehabilitation, and that powerwashing is more effective in rejuvenating infiltration capabilities than sweeping. In addition, it is recommended to perform infiltration testing twice after maintenance, as there is a slower rate measured on the second test, probably due to dislodged debris re-entering the system during the first test. Similar laboratory methodologies for mix design and maintenance evaluation might effect a faster and more efficient incorporation of this sustainable low impact development technology in other regions.


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Media Info

  • Media Type: Web
  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: pp 309-317
  • Monograph Title: International Conference on Transportation and Development 2016: Projects and Practices for Prosperity

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01606108
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 9780784479926
  • Files: TRIS, ASCE
  • Created Date: Jun 20 2016 3:03PM