This paper briefly summarises the state-of-the-art of interlocking concrete block road pavements in Australia. Although the use of interlocking concrete block pavements in Australia is spreading rapidly, design is based on European 'experience', and no design guides have been documented. The advantages and applications of interlocking concrete block pavements are briefly discussed and it appears that they have the potential to be used in a wide variety of applications. As well as the traditional applications, such as pedestrian malls and driveways, they have potential for use in the field of road safety: their colour and rideability offering qualities at variance with asphalt pavements. Their high strength gives rise to their use in container terminals, but at present they are being designed as flexible pavements, and their design could be over- conservative. Various recommendations for sub-base thickness suggested by four authorities are compared, and the wide variation in these figures typifies the need for research into the behaviour of the interlocking concrete block pavement under load, and the establishment of an Australian design guide. (TRRL)

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  • Pagination: p. 3-10

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  • Accession Number: 00309733
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB Group Ltd.
  • ISBN: 0 86910 049 1
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS, ATRI
  • Created Date: Jun 26 1980 12:00AM