Full-Scale Accelerated Load Testing of RCC Pavements

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General Information
Solicitation Number: 1481
Status: Solicitation withdrawn
Date Posted: Aug 28, 2018
Last Updated: Jul 09, 2021
Solicitation Expires:
Partners: AL, GADOT, LA, MO, NC, NY
Lead Organization: Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development
Financial Summary
Commitment Start Year: 2019
Commitment End Year: 2022
100% SP&R Approval: Approved
Commitments Required: $1,200,000.00
Commitments Received: $480,000.00
Contact Information
Lead Study Contact(s): Tyson Rupnow
tyson.rupnow@la.gov
FHWA Technical Liaison(s): Ahmad Ardani
Ahmad.Ardani@dot.gov
Phone: 202- 493-3422
Organization Year Commitments Technical Contact Name Funding Contact Name Contact Number Email Address
Alabama Department of Transportation 2019 $20,000.00 Drew Waldrop Ronald Johnson 334-353-6944 johnsonrl@dot.state.al.us
Alabama Department of Transportation 2020 $20,000.00 Drew Waldrop Ronald Johnson 334-353-6944 johnsonrl@dot.state.al.us
Alabama Department of Transportation 2021 $20,000.00 Drew Waldrop Ronald Johnson 334-353-6944 johnsonrl@dot.state.al.us
Alabama Department of Transportation 2022 $20,000.00 Drew Waldrop Ronald Johnson 334-353-6944 johnsonrl@dot.state.al.us
Georgia Department of Transportation 2019 $20,000.00 Jason Waters Supriya Kamatkar 404-347-0552 skamatkar@dot.ga.gov
Georgia Department of Transportation 2020 $20,000.00 Jason Waters Supriya Kamatkar 404-347-0552 skamatkar@dot.ga.gov
Georgia Department of Transportation 2021 $20,000.00 Jason Waters Supriya Kamatkar 404-347-0552 skamatkar@dot.ga.gov
Georgia Department of Transportation 2022 $20,000.00 Jason Waters Supriya Kamatkar 404-347-0552 skamatkar@dot.ga.gov
Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development 2019 $20,000.00 Tyson Rupnow Tyson Rupnow tyson.rupnow@la.gov
Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development 2020 $20,000.00 Tyson Rupnow Tyson Rupnow tyson.rupnow@la.gov
Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development 2021 $20,000.00 Tyson Rupnow Tyson Rupnow tyson.rupnow@la.gov
Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development 2022 $20,000.00 Tyson Rupnow Tyson Rupnow tyson.rupnow@la.gov
Missouri Department of Transportation 2019 $20,000.00 John Donahue Jennifer Harper 573-526-3636 Jennifer.Harper@modot.mo.gov
Missouri Department of Transportation 2020 $20,000.00 John Donahue Jennifer Harper 573-526-3636 Jennifer.Harper@modot.mo.gov
Missouri Department of Transportation 2021 $20,000.00 John Donahue Jennifer Harper 573-526-3636 Jennifer.Harper@modot.mo.gov
Missouri Department of Transportation 2022 $20,000.00 John Donahue Jennifer Harper 573-526-3636 Jennifer.Harper@modot.mo.gov
New York State Department of Transportation 2019 $0.00 Thomas Kane Wes Yang 518-457-4660 wes.yang@dot.ny.gov
New York State Department of Transportation 2020 $40,000.00 Thomas Kane Wes Yang 518-457-4660 wes.yang@dot.ny.gov
New York State Department of Transportation 2021 $20,000.00 Thomas Kane Wes Yang 518-457-4660 wes.yang@dot.ny.gov
New York State Department of Transportation 2022 $20,000.00 Thomas Kane Wes Yang 518-457-4660 wes.yang@dot.ny.gov
North Carolina Department of Transportation 2019 $20,000.00 Clark Morrison Neil Mastin 919 707 6661 jmastin@ncdot.gov
North Carolina Department of Transportation 2020 $20,000.00 Clark Morrison Neil Mastin 919 707 6661 jmastin@ncdot.gov
North Carolina Department of Transportation 2021 $20,000.00 Clark Morrison Neil Mastin 919 707 6661 jmastin@ncdot.gov
North Carolina Department of Transportation 2022 $20,000.00 Clark Morrison Neil Mastin 919 707 6661 jmastin@ncdot.gov

Background

There has been a resurgent interest in design and construction of RCC pavements because their rapid construction process, enhanced surface characteristics, ability to open to traffic early, improved RCC pavement construction equipment, and overall cost effectiveness of RCC. Given these benefits, the RCC Pavement Council in conjunction with LTRC has undertaken an initiative to explore specific aspects of Roller Compacted Concrete (RCC) pavement under load using the Pavement Research Facility (PRF) located in Port Allen, LA. The LTRC PRF facility has multiple lanes 13 feet wide by 210 feet long. There is limited performance data on the repeated loading behavior of full-scale RCC pavements [Wu et al. 2017].

Accelerated pavement testing (APT) allows for loading of full-scale pavement section using a mechanical wheel loading device to induce pavement responses and failure in a reasonable amount of time, after which the load can be equated to some standardized loading such as ESALs. In this manner, APT can be used to determine the expected number of allowable repetitions for in-service pavements. This approach has been applied to multiple full-scale concrete pavement sections in previous studies [Kohler and Roesler 2004; Roesler et al. 2012].

For this research, the Accelerated Transportation Loading and Simulation (ATLaS) device can apply a maximum dual tire wheel load of 30,000 lb. with a tire pressure of 150 psi at a rate of up to 6 mph. The loading carriage applies the dual tire wheel load in two directions (bidirectional) with a productivity of approximately 15,000 load cycles/day. LTRC will set aside up to four test lanes for the RCC full-scale testing program. Each lane is capable of accommodating three test sites. The effective site length is approximately 50 feet. Within a typical lane, there are also three areas in each lane designated for material sampling of the constructed section.

Objectives

The primary objectives of this pooled fund study is to obtain data that will support design of RCC pavements in the lower to medium traffic volume roads and are specifically defined as follows:

1. Perform accelerated loading testing using the LTRC Atlas including detailed measurements of responses under combined temperature and loading effects. Document the distress development as a function of load repetitions.

2. Evaluate the cracking and joint performance of roller-compacted concrete material over stabilized base material (asphalt concrete or cement-treated base) relative to the performance of RCC on unbound granular base.

3. Evaluate the impact of macro-fibers on the first cracking performance and service life of RCC pavement

4. Evaluate transverse and longitudinal joint performance of roller-compacted concrete pavements with and without macro-fibers. Joint performance will be evaluated for transverse contraction, longitudinal construction, and longitudinal contraction joints.

5. Quantify the impact of smaller slab sizes on performance of RCC overlays

6. Assess the constructability and quality of enhanced finished RCC surface.

7. Dissemination of the results through written report, papers, and presentations at national meetings

Scope of Work

The proposed work will include the following tasks:

1. Pretesting RCC mixture constituents to determine mixture proportioning.

2. Work with the technical advisory committee (TAC) comprised of pooled fund members and participants to finalize up to 12 individual test sections.

3. Work with industry through the RCC Pavement Council and the Concrete and Aggregates Association of Louisiana to obtain materials and construct the test lanes.

4. Finalize loading sequence and analyze data as it becomes available for each test section.

5. Prepare a final report detailing the construction efforts, test results, and implementation potential for participating states.

6. Disseminate results through the use of workshops, publications in peer reviewed journals and conference proceedings.

Comments

Participation is requested to be $20,000 per year per state. SP&R waiver has been submitted.

Subjects: Highway and Facility Design Materials and Construction Pavement Design, Management, and Performance

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Full-Scale Accelerated Load Testing of RCC Pavements

General Information
Solicitation Number: 1481
Status: Solicitation withdrawn
Date Posted: Aug 28, 2018
Last Updated: Jul 09, 2021
Solicitation Expires:
Partners: AL, GADOT, LA, MO, NC, NY
Lead Organization: Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development
Financial Summary
Commitment Start Year: 2019
Commitment End Year: 2022
100% SP&R Approval: Approved
Commitments Required: $1,200,000.00
Commitments Received: $480,000.00
Contact Information
Lead Study Contact(s): Tyson Rupnow
tyson.rupnow@la.gov
FHWA Technical Liaison(s): Ahmad Ardani
Ahmad.Ardani@dot.gov
Phone: 202- 493-3422
Commitments by Organizations
Agency Year Commitments Technical Contact Name Funding Contact Name Contact Number Email Address
Alabama Department of Transportation 2019 $20,000.00 Drew Waldrop Ronald Johnson 334-353-6944 johnsonrl@dot.state.al.us
Alabama Department of Transportation 2020 $20,000.00 Drew Waldrop Ronald Johnson 334-353-6944 johnsonrl@dot.state.al.us
Alabama Department of Transportation 2021 $20,000.00 Drew Waldrop Ronald Johnson 334-353-6944 johnsonrl@dot.state.al.us
Alabama Department of Transportation 2022 $20,000.00 Drew Waldrop Ronald Johnson 334-353-6944 johnsonrl@dot.state.al.us
Georgia Department of Transportation 2019 $20,000.00 Jason Waters Supriya Kamatkar 404-347-0552 skamatkar@dot.ga.gov
Georgia Department of Transportation 2020 $20,000.00 Jason Waters Supriya Kamatkar 404-347-0552 skamatkar@dot.ga.gov
Georgia Department of Transportation 2021 $20,000.00 Jason Waters Supriya Kamatkar 404-347-0552 skamatkar@dot.ga.gov
Georgia Department of Transportation 2022 $20,000.00 Jason Waters Supriya Kamatkar 404-347-0552 skamatkar@dot.ga.gov
Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development 2019 $20,000.00 Tyson Rupnow Tyson Rupnow tyson.rupnow@la.gov
Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development 2020 $20,000.00 Tyson Rupnow Tyson Rupnow tyson.rupnow@la.gov
Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development 2021 $20,000.00 Tyson Rupnow Tyson Rupnow tyson.rupnow@la.gov
Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development 2022 $20,000.00 Tyson Rupnow Tyson Rupnow tyson.rupnow@la.gov
Missouri Department of Transportation 2019 $20,000.00 John Donahue Jennifer Harper 573-526-3636 Jennifer.Harper@modot.mo.gov
Missouri Department of Transportation 2020 $20,000.00 John Donahue Jennifer Harper 573-526-3636 Jennifer.Harper@modot.mo.gov
Missouri Department of Transportation 2021 $20,000.00 John Donahue Jennifer Harper 573-526-3636 Jennifer.Harper@modot.mo.gov
Missouri Department of Transportation 2022 $20,000.00 John Donahue Jennifer Harper 573-526-3636 Jennifer.Harper@modot.mo.gov
New York State Department of Transportation 2019 $0.00 Thomas Kane Wes Yang 518-457-4660 wes.yang@dot.ny.gov
New York State Department of Transportation 2020 $40,000.00 Thomas Kane Wes Yang 518-457-4660 wes.yang@dot.ny.gov
New York State Department of Transportation 2021 $20,000.00 Thomas Kane Wes Yang 518-457-4660 wes.yang@dot.ny.gov
New York State Department of Transportation 2022 $20,000.00 Thomas Kane Wes Yang 518-457-4660 wes.yang@dot.ny.gov
North Carolina Department of Transportation 2019 $20,000.00 Clark Morrison Neil Mastin 919 707 6661 jmastin@ncdot.gov
North Carolina Department of Transportation 2020 $20,000.00 Clark Morrison Neil Mastin 919 707 6661 jmastin@ncdot.gov
North Carolina Department of Transportation 2021 $20,000.00 Clark Morrison Neil Mastin 919 707 6661 jmastin@ncdot.gov
North Carolina Department of Transportation 2022 $20,000.00 Clark Morrison Neil Mastin 919 707 6661 jmastin@ncdot.gov

Background

There has been a resurgent interest in design and construction of RCC pavements because their rapid construction process, enhanced surface characteristics, ability to open to traffic early, improved RCC pavement construction equipment, and overall cost effectiveness of RCC. Given these benefits, the RCC Pavement Council in conjunction with LTRC has undertaken an initiative to explore specific aspects of Roller Compacted Concrete (RCC) pavement under load using the Pavement Research Facility (PRF) located in Port Allen, LA. The LTRC PRF facility has multiple lanes 13 feet wide by 210 feet long. There is limited performance data on the repeated loading behavior of full-scale RCC pavements [Wu et al. 2017].

Accelerated pavement testing (APT) allows for loading of full-scale pavement section using a mechanical wheel loading device to induce pavement responses and failure in a reasonable amount of time, after which the load can be equated to some standardized loading such as ESALs. In this manner, APT can be used to determine the expected number of allowable repetitions for in-service pavements. This approach has been applied to multiple full-scale concrete pavement sections in previous studies [Kohler and Roesler 2004; Roesler et al. 2012].

For this research, the Accelerated Transportation Loading and Simulation (ATLaS) device can apply a maximum dual tire wheel load of 30,000 lb. with a tire pressure of 150 psi at a rate of up to 6 mph. The loading carriage applies the dual tire wheel load in two directions (bidirectional) with a productivity of approximately 15,000 load cycles/day. LTRC will set aside up to four test lanes for the RCC full-scale testing program. Each lane is capable of accommodating three test sites. The effective site length is approximately 50 feet. Within a typical lane, there are also three areas in each lane designated for material sampling of the constructed section.

Objectives

The primary objectives of this pooled fund study is to obtain data that will support design of RCC pavements in the lower to medium traffic volume roads and are specifically defined as follows:

1. Perform accelerated loading testing using the LTRC Atlas including detailed measurements of responses under combined temperature and loading effects. Document the distress development as a function of load repetitions.

2. Evaluate the cracking and joint performance of roller-compacted concrete material over stabilized base material (asphalt concrete or cement-treated base) relative to the performance of RCC on unbound granular base.

3. Evaluate the impact of macro-fibers on the first cracking performance and service life of RCC pavement

4. Evaluate transverse and longitudinal joint performance of roller-compacted concrete pavements with and without macro-fibers. Joint performance will be evaluated for transverse contraction, longitudinal construction, and longitudinal contraction joints.

5. Quantify the impact of smaller slab sizes on performance of RCC overlays

6. Assess the constructability and quality of enhanced finished RCC surface.

7. Dissemination of the results through written report, papers, and presentations at national meetings

Scope of Work

The proposed work will include the following tasks:

1. Pretesting RCC mixture constituents to determine mixture proportioning.

2. Work with the technical advisory committee (TAC) comprised of pooled fund members and participants to finalize up to 12 individual test sections.

3. Work with industry through the RCC Pavement Council and the Concrete and Aggregates Association of Louisiana to obtain materials and construct the test lanes.

4. Finalize loading sequence and analyze data as it becomes available for each test section.

5. Prepare a final report detailing the construction efforts, test results, and implementation potential for participating states.

6. Disseminate results through the use of workshops, publications in peer reviewed journals and conference proceedings.

Comments

Participation is requested to be $20,000 per year per state. SP&R waiver has been submitted.

Subjects: Highway and Facility Design Materials and Construction Pavement Design, Management, and Performance

Title Type Private
Waiver Approval Letter Memorandum N

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