Rehabilitation and Repair of Concrete Overlays

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King, Dan
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EDP Sciences
Taylor, Peter
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Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering

The Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering seeks to apply knowledge of the laws, forces, and materials of nature to the construction, planning, design, and maintenance of public and private facilities. The Civil Engineering option focuses on transportation systems, bridges, roads, water systems and dams, pollution control, etc. The Construction Engineering option focuses on construction project engineering, design, management, etc.

The Department of Civil Engineering was founded in 1889. In 1987 it changed its name to the Department of Civil and Construction Engineering. In 2003 it changed its name to the Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering.

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  • Department of Civil Engineering (1889-1987)
  • Department of Civil and Construction Engineering (1987-2003)
  • Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering (2003–present)

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Concrete overlays are a growing solution in the United States for pavement rehabilitation and preservation. Many different overlay types and designs can be used based on existing conditions and to achieve a variety of design goals. Recent performance studies have indicated that concrete overlays are capable of providing an extended service life of 35 years or more. However, the intended design life of an overlay may be shorter, and in some cases, overlays experience early distresses and failures. Because many agencies are new to concrete overlays, there is a growing need to identify best practices for rehabilitation and repair of these pavements. This paper presents a survey of typical shortand long-term distresses that have been observed on US concrete overlay projects. Common failure modes vary based on overlay type and design details, and distresses frequently depend on local materials and climate conditions. Best practices and case studies for rehabilitation and repair of concrete overlays are identified, offering options both for extension of concrete overlay service life as well as rehabilitation or reconstruction with a new pavement surface.
This proceedings is published as King, Dan, and Peter Taylor. "Rehabilitation and Repair of Concrete Overlays." In MATEC Web of Conferences, vol. 364, p. 04013. EDP Sciences, 2022. doi: This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License 4.0, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.