Field and Laboratory Evaluations of Hot-Poured Thermoelastic Bituminous Crack Sealing of Asphalt Pavements

This paper describes the results of field and laboratory tests evaluating four configurations and three materials used for crack surfacing. Crack surfacing, as defined in this paper, is the sealing of cracks over 1 in. (25 mm) wide in asphalt pavements. Laboratory testing using the thermal stress restrained specimen test (TSRST; AASHTO TP 10-93) determines the temperature at which a specimen with its ends restrained fails due to thermal contraction. Field studies evaluate the performance of two materials with the uniform overband configuration on three roads in Wyoming. All crack surfacing materials are commercially available hot-poured thermoelastic bituminous products. Overband configurations are found to be the preferred method for applying crack surfacing, based on the TSRST. Failure modes are evaluated and generally found to propagate from the interface between the surfacing material and the pavement to which it is bonded. Field studies indicate that traffic and snowplowing have a significant influence on the performance of crack surfacing. Cracks sealed with the same configuration and the same material performed substantially better on US-26 than on I-25 over the same time periods. The only obvious difference between the two is that I-25 has three to four times as much traffic and correspondingly greater snow control efforts. This study concludes that materials, configurations, and traffic or snowplowing frequency influence the performance of crack surfacing.


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  • Accession Number: 01022740
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 0309094070
  • Files: TRIS, TRB, ATRI
  • Created Date: Apr 12 2006 2:36PM