Internally Sealed Concrete for Bridge Deck Protection: Final Report

Report No: 84-R4

Published in 1983

About the report:

This study investigated the characteristics of internally sealed concrete through tests on specimens fabricated in the laboratory to determine its properties and an installation in a bridge deck to assess the controls needed during construction and its performance over five years, the last four under traffic. Air-entrained samples prepared in the laboratory and obtained from the field during construction provided satisfactory strength and adequate freeze-thaw durability, and prevented or minimized the penetration of chlorides. However, the heat treatment of the deck led to numerous cracks which have facilitated penetration of chlorides to the level of the reinforcing steel and reduced the effectiveness of this protective system.

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.

Last updated: January 17, 2024

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