The objective of this study was to evaluate the field performance of five different types of pavement joint sealant materials at five different airports located in varying climatic regions. Each of the sealant materials was installed at all five airports. The same contractor was used to install the sealants at each of the five airports and the same lot number of various sealants was installed at each airport. The sealants were stored in a temperature controlled warehouse until they were needed at the job site and 100% inspection was provided at each airport. These controls helped to minimize any variations in the service life of the sealants that were not material related. Differential Scanning Calorimetry and Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy were investigated as potential laboratory analysis techniques for joint sealants. The results of the field evaluations indicate the conformance of a sealant material to an appropriate material specification does not automatically signify satisfactory field performance; different types of sealants do perform differently based upon climatic exposure; and no revisions are necessary to procedures listed in the FAA Item P.605 for joint sealing projects. The research delineated the fact that material specifications that would be more indicative of sealant performance.

  • Corporate Authors:

    U.S. Army Waterways Experiment Station

    3909 Halls Ferry Road
    Vicksburg, MS  United States  39180-6199
  • Authors:
    • Lynch, L N
    • Newman, J K
  • Publication Date: 1995-4


  • English

Media Info

  • Pagination: 151 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00720945
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: DOT-FAA-CT-94-53
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 15 1996 12:00AM