A procedure is developed by which the likelihood of delamination of bonded concrete overlays on continuously reinforced concrete pavements is reduced. The procedure compares the early-age interface stress to the expected interface bond strength for a variety of environmental conditions. When the calculated stress exceeds the expected strength, it is recommended that overlay placement be curtailed until the possibility of debonding is reduced. A finite-element method program is used to determine the early-age stresses resulting from temperature and shrinkage-induced volume changes. Stresses were determined for a variety of environmental and material combinations and overlay thicknesses. Analyses show that a significant reduction in stress results from the use of overlay materials which have a lower modulus and thermal coefficient than those of the existing slab. The stresses for a given combination of materials and environmental conditions are compared to the interface bond strength at early ages. Early-age interface shear and tensile strengths are estimated from 7-day strength test results. The estimated strength, together with the variability of the interface strength, are used to calculate the likelihood of delamination for a given type of overlay and time of placement. This likelihood can be reduced through the selection of a different overlay material or time of placement.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Research study title: Finite-Element Analysis of Bonded Concrete Overlays.
  • Corporate Authors:

    University of Texas, Austin

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

    Texas Department of 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:
    • Lundy, J R
    • McCullough, B F
    • Fowler, D W
  • Publication Date: 1991-1


  • English

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 94 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00625042
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: FHWA/TX-91+1205-2, Res Rept 1205-2, CTR 3/11-8-89/0-1205-2
  • Contract Numbers: Study 3/11-8-89/0-1205
  • Created Date: Oct 6 1993 12:00AM