Pavement cracking and subsequent reflection through overlays are directly associated with pavement deterioration and maintenance problems. During the early 1960s a process was developed using a composition of 25 percent ground tire rubber reacted with 75 percent hot asphalt. This process has been in full-scale field projects in the form of stress-absorbing seal coats and interlayers and as waterproof membranes. Results from approximately 3200 lane-km (2000 lane-miles) of construction clearly show that this basic elastomeric material performs as a waterproof membrane and has a high capacity to absorb direct tensile, flexural, and shearing stresses. The paper reviews the performance of the asphalt-rubber seal coats placed 1967 and the present state of the art of design and construction. It further reviews the potentials of stress-absorbing membranes placed to (a) prevent reflective cracking of overlays placed over both flexible and rigid pavements; (b) provide bridge deck protection; (c) control differential movement of existing pavements constructed over expansive clays; (d) provide economical construction for low-volume roadways; and (e) provide improved elastomeric sealing of cracks and joints.

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Figures; Photos; References;
  • Pagination: pp 52-58
  • Monograph Title: Asphalts, aggregates, mixes and stress-absorbing membranes
  • Serial:

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00148658
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 0309025648
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Mar 30 1977 12:00AM