Design and Construction Guidelines for Thermally Insulated Concrete Pavements

Status:  Complete
Report Date:  01/17/2013

Summary:

Researchers performed life-cycle cost analysis comparisons and developed design and construction guidelines for thermally insulated concrete pavements (TICPs). They also examined the applicability of the Mechanistic-Empirical Pavement Design Guide (MEPDG) and California models to TICPs. Results uncovered significant issues with the MEPDG's climate model, leading to recommended corrections. Researchers developed their own models and a software companion to the MEPDG that incorporates the models. The final report includes construction guidelines for composite pavements and a life-cycle cost analysis comparing the costs of TICPs with jointed plain concrete pavements.

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