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The International Concrete Abstracts Portal is an ACI led collaboration with leading technical organizations from within the international concrete industry and offers the most comprehensive collection of published concrete abstracts.
Title: Sealing of Airfield and Highway Pavements Using Preformed Extruded Compression Joint Seals
Author(s): Stewart C. Watson
Publication: Special Publication
Appears on pages(s): 691-717
Keywords: compression; concrete pavements; costs; field tests; highways; joint sealers; joints (junctions); performance; runways; sealing.
Abstract:The inadequate performance of the available types of field molded sealants was a major contribution factor to blow-ups, spalling, faulting, pumping and the corrosion of load transfer devices in post-war concrete pavements. The advent in 1960 of preformed neoprene compression seals appeared to be an attractive alternative. The development of suitable compartmentalized seal configurations, test methods and specifications for the properties of the elastomeric material used and installation practices are discussed. The relationship of these parameters to field performance and improvements still needed are documented. Though not problem free, compression seals are shown to have made a significant contribution over the last 20 years to improve concrete pavement performance on highways and airfields and to reduced life cycle costs.
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