Polymer-Impregnated Bridge Slabs: Performance Over 10 Years

Report No: 90-R22

Published in 1990

About the report:

This report presents the results of a study to evaluate the performance over a 10-year period of slabs that were impregnated to a depth of about 1 in with a monomer that was subsequently polymerized (shallow polymer impregnation). The slabs were used to widen a bridge. The report contains data obtained from evaluations done after 3, 5, 7, and I0 years in service. The study indicates that, based on rapid permeability tests done on cores removed from the slabs, rate of corrosion measurements made on the top mat of reinforcement in the slabs, and chloride ion content determinations done on samples removed from the slabs, shallow polymer impregnation can provide greater long-term protection against the infiltration of chloride ions and the consequent corrosion of reinforcement than conventional bridge deck concrete that is not impregnated.

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.


  • Michael M. Sprinkel, P.E.

Last updated: December 27, 2023

Alert Icon

Please note that this file is not ADA compliant. Choose one of below options: