Evaluation of Chem-Crete: Interim Report

Report No: 82-R30

Published in 1982

About the report:

Two test sections, one on new construction and the other on a maintenance resurfacing project, were installed in the fall of 1980 to evaluate the proprietary asphalt product Chem-Crete. Dynaflect and density measurements were performed on the experimental and control mixes and the performance of the pavements is being evaluated. Raveling was noticed, especially in the Chem-Crete mix, approximately 2 months after paving; however, the deterioration stabilized shortly thereafter. Traffic appeared to heal the control mix; however, some deep raveling and several potholes remain in the Chem-Crete portions. The high-absorption sand used in the mixes might have been partially responsible for the failures. Pavement deflections were not reduced significantly in either of the overlaid sections. Strength did not develop as rapidly in either mix on-the pavement as it did in specimens prepared and cured at 140°F (60°C) in the laboratory. There was no significant difference between the results of stripping tests on the control mix and those on the Chem-Crete mix prepared in the laboratory. The Chem-Crete mix exhibited superior fatigue characteristics under constant stress tests and the control mix did the same under constant strain tests.

Disclaimer Statement:The contents of this report reflect the views of the author(s), who is responsible for the facts and the accuracy of the data presented herein. The contents do not necessarily reflect the official views or policies of the Virginia Department of Transportation, the Commonwealth Transportation Board, or the Federal Highway Administration. This report does not constitute a standard, specification, or regulation. Any inclusion of manufacturer names, trade names, or trademarks is for identification purposes only and is not to be considered an endorsement.


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G. W. Maupin, Jr., P.E.

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