Research Brief: Minimizing Thermal Cracking in Concrete Pavements

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November 30, 2016

Stresses resulting from thermal cycles within concrete pavements can cause expansion, contraction, bending, and flexing that can lead to fracture. This brief examines the risk of fracture of concrete pavements due to these thermal cycles. CSHub researchers model the risk of fracture due to temperature changes and propose a method for estimating the risk of thermal cracking in transient-state conditions (when pavement is still undergoing a change in temperature) and steady-state conditions. Read the brief.