Portland Cement Pervious Concrete: A Field Experience from Sioux City

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Kevern, J. T.
Schaefer, Vernon R.
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Wang, Kejin
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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 and Construction Engineering (1987-2003)
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Portland Cement Pervious Concrete (PCPC) is becoming more utilized across the U.S. due to increased requirements for stormwater management. This paper details the experience of the installation of a PCPC test section/ parking area in Sioux City, Iowa. In order to evaluate a large number of mixture designs, the test section incorporated five different mixtures, each placed with and without air entraining agent, for a total of ten sections. Cylinder samples were prepared during construction and compared with core data. The samples were tested for void ratio, permeability, unit weight, compressive strength development with time, and spatial distribution of material properties across the pavement profile. The results show a high degree of variability in material properties between the top and bottom layers, especially in the bottom five cm (two in.). Strong relationships between unit weight, permeability, strength, and void ratio suggest that void ratio criteria determined from unit weight testing has the potential for use as QA/QC criteria for pervious concrete field placement.
This article is published as Kevern, J. T., V. R. Schaefer, and K. Wang. "Portland cement pervious concrete: A field experience from Sioux City." The Open Construction and Building Technology Journal 2, no. 1 (2008): 82-88. DOI: 10.2174/1874836800802010082. Copyright 2008 Kevern et al. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.5/), which permits unrestrictive use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. Posted with permission.