An accelerated clogging method by manual application of sediments for permeable interlocking concrete pavements

The primary function of permeable interlocking concrete pavements (PICP) is to allow water to rapidly infiltrate through the surface and percolate to underlying sublayers, soils, or underdrains. However, as pavements age, surface infiltration rates diminish as sediments and debris accumulate on the pavement surface, eventually leading to surface ponding and runoff if no maintenance is applied. These studies clog PICP surfaces to better understand clogging mechanisms under different sediment types and to evaluate maintenance technologies intended to restore surface permeability. Clogging studies use different materials and methods to clog PICP surfaces, which impedes comparisons and interpretations across projects. This paper presents a new methodology to (1) create a realistic synthetic clogging material and (2) rapidly clog a PICP surface for experiments. The method described herein can be easily repeated by others to test a broad range of research questions for PICP surfaces while producing comparable results for studies conducted at different scales (lab, meso, field) and locations or with different sediment mixes. The proposed method was used to clog six identical PICP meso-cells in the field. Five cells were clogged with graded street sweepings collected from local municipal waste yards, and a sixth cell was clogged with a mixture of street sweepings and soils collected on-site. Over five weeks, the PICP surface infiltration rates were reduced from post-construction levels (>10,800 mm/h) to approximately 250 mm/h. Statistical spatial analysis indicates that the surfaces were clogged evenly, but repeating infiltration measurements at the same location was observed to influence the resulting surface infiltration data. The PICP surface clogged with mixed street sweepings and on-site soils required approximately 43 % less material than surfaces clogged with street sweepings only to reduce surface infiltration rates to 250 mm/h.

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  • Authors:
    • Scott, Jody
    • Sarabian, Tahmineh
    • Bowers, Robert
    • Drake, Jennifer
  • Publication Date: 2022-1


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  • Accession Number: 01765612
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Dec 28 2020 2:06PM