Start date: 01/01/06
End date: 06/30/07
- Kejin Wang | 515-294-2152 | firstname.lastname@example.org (project list) Zhi Ge | 515-294-2252 | email@example.com (project list)
Other authors: Jiong Hu and Zhi Ge
About the research
The present research project was designed to determine thermal properties, such as coefficient of thermal expansion (CTE) and thermal conductivity, of Iowa concrete pavement materials. These properties are required as input values by the Mechanistic-Empirical Pavement Design Guide (MEPDG).
In this project, a literature review was conducted to determine the factors that affect thermal properties of concrete and the existing prediction equations for CTE and thermal conductivity of concrete. CTE tests were performed on various lab and field samples of portland cement concrete (PCC) at the Iowa Department of Transportation and Iowa State University. The variations due to the test procedure, the equipment used, and the consistency of field batch materials were evaluated.
The test results showed that the CTE variations due to test procedure and batch consistency were less than 5%, and the variation due to the different equipment was less than 15%. Concrete CTE values were significantly affected by different types of coarse aggregate. The CTE values of Iowa concrete made with limestone+graval, quartzite, dolomite, limestone+dolomite, and limestone were 7.27, 6.86, 6.68, 5.83, and 5.69 microstrain/oF (13.08, 12.35, 12.03, 10.50, and 10.25 microstrain/oC), respectively, which were all higher than the default value of 5.50 microstrain/oF in the MEPDG program.
The thermal conductivity of a typical Iowa PCC mix and an asphalt cement concrete (ACC) mix (both with limestone as coarse aggregate) were tested at Concrete Technology Laboratory in Skokie, Illinois. The thermal conductivity was 0.77 Btu/hrftoF (1.33 W/mK) for PCC and 1.21 Btu/hrftoF (2.09 W/mK) for ACC, which are different from the default values (1.25 Btu/hrftoF or 2.16 W/mK for PCC and 0.67 Btu/hrftoF or 1.16 W/mK for ACC) in the MEPDG program. The investigations onto the CTE of ACC and the effects of concrete materials (such as cementitious material and aggregate types) and mix proportions on concrete thermal conductivity are recommended to be considered in future studies.
Report: Task 6: Material Thermal Input for Iowa Materials (4.6 mb pdf) June 2008
Tech transfer summary: Material Thermal Inputs of Iowa Materials for MEPDG (247 kb pdf) Feb 2008
Sponsor(s): Iowa Department of Transportation