This report addresses important factors associated with the design of steel reinforcement in terms of layer configuration, bond characteristic, climatic effect, and others relative to an assessment of the suitability of the CRCP 8 program to represent and predict steel stresses in continuously reinforced concrete (CRC) pavement systems. It was necessary to instrument an actual section of CRC pavement for concrete and steel strains as they fluctuated under climatic and seasonal changes. The steel rebars were instrumented in a manner that would limit disturbance of the bond between the steel and the concrete, yet allow for precise measurements of the steel strain at various distances from the crack face. Other field sections containing Grade 70 steel were also included in this study. Crack spacing and crack width data were collected and reported. In light of this emphasis, a key aspect of the steel design considerations is how important parameters - such as the steel surface area, degree of bond, the grade of steel, and the amount of steel - relate to the maximum width that transverse cracks will be allowed to open over the design life of the pavement. Inherent in configuring the reinforcement in CRC pavement to perform a safe level below its yield limit is the maintenance of the transverse crack widths below specified levels to ensure adequate stiffness at the transverse cracks. Crack width data varied as a function of the distance from the pavement surface, and it was noted in the report that the vertical position of the steel within the slab affects this variation and consequently should be a consideration in determining the vertical position of the reinforcing layer in construction.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Report date April 1999; resubmitted August 1999. Research project title: Evaluation of Grade 70 Steel.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Texas Transportation Institute

    Texas A&M University System, 1600 E Lamar Boulevard
    Arlington, TX  United States  76011

    Texas Department of Transportation

    Research and Technology Transfer Office, P.O. Box 5051
    Austin, TX  United States  78763-5051
  • Authors:
    • Zollinger, D G
    • McKneely, A C
    • Murphy, J D
    • Tang, Tao
  • Publication Date: 1999-8


  • English

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 36 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00796885
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: TX-99/4925-S,, Project Summary Report
  • Contract Numbers: Project No. 7-4925
  • Created Date: Aug 2 2000 12:00AM