A broad spectrum of materials which may have potential for improving the characteristics of pavements with regard to reducing future maintenance were reviewed with those materials or materials systems possessing the most advantages being considered as candidates for a zero maintenance paving system. These included Gussasphalt, asbestos asphalts, sulfur modified asphalts, noncalcareous inorganic cements (sulfur and phosphate), expansive cements, fiber reinforced concrete, polymers in concretes, sealants, ceramics, prestressed concrete and vacuum processed concrete. These materials were compared to conventional asphalt and portland cement systems on the basis of properties, ease of construction and maintenance, environmental compatibility, availability, cost, and possible uses. None of the materials or materials systems studied will provide a singular answer to the problem of zero maintenance. However, many of the materials possess characteristics which could be incorporated into pavements to greatly extend the period prior to maintenance.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Sponsored by DOT and FHWA. This project was the initial effort in Task 4, New Materials Systems, in FCP Project 5E, Premium Pavements for Zero Maintenance.
  • Corporate Authors:

    U.S. Army Waterways Experiment Station

    3909 Halls Ferry Road
    Vicksburg, MS  United States  39180-6199
  • Authors:
    • Hoff, G C
    • Godwin, L N
    • Saucier, K L
    • Buck, A D
    • Husbands, T B
    • Mather, K
  • Publication Date: 1977-5

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 394 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00172154
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: FHWA-RD-77-110 Final Rpt., FCP 35E4012
  • Contract Numbers: PO 4-1-0189
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 12 1978 12:00AM