FACTORS AFFECTING THE DURABILITY OF CONCRETE BRIDGE DECKS: CONSTRUCTION PRACTICES, INTERIM REPORT #4

With the objective of determining factors which contribute to deck cracking, the concrete placement for twenty eight bridge decks was closely monitored and several crack surveys were made on them during the subsequent eight years. Placement variables included 4 types of finishing machines, 2 types of hand finishing equipment, different timing of final finishing operations, different slumps, different timing of cure application and 3 methods of curing. Weather variables and concrete placement anomalies were meticulously recorded during each deck placement. Due to construction schedules, approach fills were not placed unitl the decks were over two years old, thus traffic also became a variable. The effects of planned and unplanned variables are discussed. The most consistent cause of large deck cracks (greater than 0.005 inches in width) are improper repair of concrete disturbed after strike off and hot, windy weather. Small cracking could not be eliminated but could be controlled to some degree by the finishing and curing methods.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Study was conducted in cooperation with the Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration.
  • Corporate Authors:

    California Department of Transportation

    1120 N Street
    Sacramento, CA  USA  95814
  • Authors:
    • Horn, M W
    • Stewart, C F
    • Boulware, R L
  • Publication Date: 1975-3

Media Info

  • Features: Appendices; Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 132 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00134705
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: CA-DOT-ST-4101-4-75-3
  • Contract Numbers: D-3-29
  • Files: TRIS, STATEDOT
  • Created Date: Aug 23 1976 12:00AM