EVALUATION OF THERMOPLASTIC MATERIALS

In order to find a striping material which would last longer and have greater reflectance than the presently used traffic paint, research work was performed using new thermpolastic compound. Installations were made on four types of roadway surfaces: old concrete, new concrete, old asphalt and new asphalt. Reflectance readings and field inspections were made periodically of both the thermoplastic material and the traffic paint. The results obtained showed that the reflectance of one-year-old white thermoplastic material and generally equal to the initial reflectance of the white traffic paint. The reflectance readings of the yellow thermoplastic material and the yellow traffic paint were relatively close after six months of wear. Periodic inspections showed that the thermoplastic compound was much more abrasion resistant than the traffic paint. Laboratory analysis was performed on the thermoplastic compounds in order to develop specifications to be used in quality control. These specifications have been developed and are included in this report. /FHWA/

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    Louisiana Department of Highways

    P.O. Box 44245, Capitol Station
    Baton Rouge, LA  United States  70804
  • Authors:
    • Azar, D G
    • Lacinak Jr, H W
  • Publication Date: 1975-4-1

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  • Pagination: 55 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00098981
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Federal Highway Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: 71-1CH(B) Final Rpt.
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT, STATEDOT
  • Created Date: Oct 18 1975 12:00AM