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FAA Airport Pavement Technology Program. Testing and preliminary data analysis from flexible pavements on low-strength subgrade (Construction Cycle Three (CC3)). Current work and plans for next rigid pavement test items. Low-Strength SG Flexible Replacement – Fall 2002.

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FAA Airport PavementTechnology Program
• Testing and preliminary data analysis from flexible pavements on low-strength subgrade (Construction Cycle Three (CC3)).
• Current work and plans for next rigid pavement test items.

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Low-Strength SG Flexible Replacement – Fall 2002

Thicknesses are based on 55,000 lb wheel load on 3 CBR subgrade.

5-in thick

8-in thick

16-in (40-cm) thick

24-in (60-cm) thick

34-in (85-cm) thick

LFC1

43-in (110-cm) thick

LFC2

LFC3

LFC4

Target Repetitions to Failure

6-Wheel

200

770

3,500

11,000

4-Wheel

370

2000

11,800

36,400

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Design Methodology
• Vary Poisson’s Ratio with subgrade strength:
• Poisson’s Ratio = 0.82 – 0.1 * (logESG/145).
• Improve behavior of failure model at low departure levels:
• log v = – 2.301 – 0.1607 log CF(Super-Heavy Aircraft Study).

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Design Conditions
• Reworked subgrade CBR = 3
• Existing subgrade CBR = 5.5
• Wheel load = 55,000 lbs
• Dual spacing = 54 inches (4- and 6-wheel)
• Tandem spacing = 57 inches (4- and 6-wheel)

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350-600 and 1200-2100

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Testing Schedule
• September 3: started.
• September 4: stopped testing on LFC1.
• September 6: 990 passes.
• September 12: stopped testing on LFC2 at 3,168 passes.
• September 13 and 16: 2 test pits in LFC2.
• September 17: tried MWHGL wander on LFC3 and 4.
• September 18: increased load to 65,000 and continued testing on LFC3 and 4 with old wander.
• October 18: stopped at 23,826 passes.

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Rut Depths from Straightedge

Tried different wander. Then increased load to 65,000 lbs

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Rut Depths from Straightedge

Tried different wander. Then increased load to 65,000 lbs

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Failure Criteria for Flexible Design
• From MWHGL Report.
• A pavement was considered failed when either of the following conditions occurred:
• Surface upheaval of the pavement adjacent to the traffic lane reached 1 in. or more.
• Surface cracking occurred to the point that the pavement was no longer waterproof.

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MWHGL DT Test Item

B-747 gear, 60,000 lb wheel loads, failed at 420 passes.

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Current Proposal for Rigid Reconstruction (1)
• 15 ft x 15 ft (4.5 m x 4.5 m) slabs.
• 3-Part optimized mix.
• 28-day wet burlap cure.
• Transverse joints doweled.

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Current Proposal for Rigid Reconstruction (2)
• Looked at decreasing strength and increasing thickness:
• Rounded intermediate aggregate, no significant decrease.
• 30%, and 50% Class C flyash replacement in a two-part mix (batched 1/13/03), significant decrease at 50%.

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Current Proposal for Rigid Reconstruction (3)
• One more batch at 70% flyash replacement.
• 15 ft x 15 ft x 11 in thick test slab on existing PCC. Will measure.
• Vertical displacement of corners.
• Horizontal strains.
• Temperature through depth.
• Relative humidity through depth.

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Current Proposal for Rigid Reconstruction (4)
• Three test items on medium-strength subgrade:
• Existing econocrete subbase.
• Aggregate subbase.