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Studded Tire Wear Resistance of PCC Pavements with Special Mix Designs

Description: The performance of portland cement concrete mixes with higher flexural strength, higher cement content, and with Hard-Cem additive, carpet drag finish, and tined finish were evaluated over a period of five years to determine their resistance to studded tire wear.

None of the pavements with special mixes,  or mixes with Hard-Cem additive were more resistant to studded tire wear than conventional pavement with a 650 psi flexural strength mix design.

The wear resistance of the pavement could not be correlated to either the method used to finish the concrete or the concrete’s flexural strength.

Finally, the carpet drag finishing method produced a pavement with acceptable friction resistance.

  • Date Published: February, 2011
  • Publication Number: WA-RD 658.2
  • Last Modified: March 23, 2011
  • Authors: Keith W. Anderson, Jeff Uhlmeyer, Mark Russell, Jim Weston.
  • Originator: Washington (State). Dept. of Transportation. Materials Laboratory.
  • # of Pages: 70 p., 2.09 mb (PDF)
  • Subject: Studded tires, Portland cement concrete, Resistance tests, Flexural strength, Surface course (Pavements), Pavement grooving, Admixtures, Durability, Pavement performance, Testing.
  • Keywords: Portland cement concrete, studded tires, flexural strength, Hard-Cem, pavement wear, carpet drag finish, tined finish, friction resistance.
  • Related Publications: Studded Tire Wear Resistance of PCC Pavements (WA-RD 658.1)


This abstract was last modified April 5, 2011