Effect of Moisture Loss on Development of Distresses in Concrete Pavements

  • Published : 2005.08.01


Evaporation of concrete influences the development of both initial transverse cracking and delamination in the concrete slab. It was suggested that spatting distress might develop in the slab where the initial transverse cracking occurred by theoretical equations and a field investigation. Thus, efforts to prevent the evaporation of concrete using proper curing methods are required to minimize the distresses of the slabs. Effective curing thickness (ECT) concept was used in this paper to evaluate various curing methods used to prevent the evaporation from concrete. Curing effectiveness quantified by the ECT of different types and amounts of curing compound under various curing conditions was investigated based on the results of laboratory tests. According to the test results, the wind speed is inferred to be a significant factor of the magnitude and continuance duration of the curing effectiveness.


concrete pavement;evaporation;curing;cracking;delamination;spalling


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