PERFORMANCE OF DOWEL BAR RETROFITTED CONCRETE PAVEMENT UNDER HEAVY VEHICLE SIMULATOR LOADING

The California Department of Transportation uses dowel bar retrofit (DBR) as a rehabilitation strategy for concrete pavements. Two test sections were retrofitted with dowel bars and a third section was designated as a control on US-101 near Ukiah, California. All three sections were subjected to accelerated pavement testing by using the Heavy Vehicle Simulator (HVS). The results obtained with the HVS demonstrated a large improvement in load transfer efficiency (LTE) and decreases in maximum vertical deflections and vertical deflection differences from DBR. LTE was not damaged by trafficking on the sections with DBR and was less sensitive to temperature changes than the control section. Falling weight deflectometer testing showed damage to the interlock at the joint on the control section and no damage on the sections with DBR. Joint and crack deflections and deflection differences increased with trafficking. A total equivalent loading of approximately 11,000,000 equivalent single-axle loads was applied to each of the sections with DBR without failure occurring.

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  • English

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  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: p. 141-152
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  • Accession Number: 00962139
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 030908556X
  • Files: TRIS, TRB, ATRI
  • Created Date: Aug 20 2003 12:00AM