The long-term work plan at the initial design phase of the McLennan County prestressed concrete pavement (PCP) overlay consisted of the determination of variables that are relevant to design, the development of models and design procedures, and the study of the effect of environmental factors on PCP slabs. The present study focuses on the evaluation of the performance of PCP, with specific observation of horizontal slab displacements caused by changes in temperature. The behavior of the PCP is characterized by the presentation of a field data analysis. The instrumentation of the PCP slabs is described, graphs of measured displacements of the slabs for daily temperature cycles are presented, and a regression analysis of the slab movements is performed. In addition, a model that predicts both displacements and stresses is presented. The model is calibrated to the field data and is used to analyze stress concentrations in the slabs. Finally, conclusions and recommendations based on the instrumentation program, data analysis, and model are outlined.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Research study title: Prestressed Concrete Pavement (PCP) Overlay IH35 in McLennan County.
  • Corporate Authors:

    University of Texas, Austin

    Center for Transportation Research, 3208 Red River Street
    Austin, TX  United States  78705

    Texas State Department of Highways & Public Transportation

    Transportation Planning Division, P.O. Box 5051
    Austin, TX  United States  78763

    Federal Highway Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Authors:
    • Mandel, E D
    • Burns, N H
    • McCullough, B F
  • Publication Date: 1989-8

Media Info

  • Features: Appendices; Figures; Photos; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 58 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00497240
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: FHWA/TX-90+556-2, Res Rept 556-2, CTR 3-10-88/9-556-2
  • Contract Numbers: Study 3-10-88/9-556
  • Created Date: Sep 30 1990 12:00AM