Use of accelerated aging to predict behavior of recycled materials in concrete pavements - Physical and environmental comparison of laboratory-aged samples with field pavements
  Eighmy, TT; Cook, RA; Gress, DL; Coviello, A; Spear, JCM; Hover, K; Pinto, R; Hobbs, S; Kosson, DS; Sanchez, F; van der Sloot, H; Korhonen, C; Simon, M

Future behavior of recycled materials in highway applications is often difficult to predict. Accelerated aging is one means of exploring the long-term physical and environmental performance. Coal fly ash (CFA), routinely used as a cementitious replacement in portland cement concrete pavement, was selected as a model system in an accelerated aging approach. US-20 near Fort Dodge, Iowa, was used as a source of field-aged pavement slab material and concrete mixture proportions. This pavement, constructed in 1987, experienced early failure and distress. The role of CFA, if any, in the failure is not known. Three types of accelerated aging treatments were chosen and applied on laboratory prisms made with the US-20 mixture proportions: arrhenius aging (AA), cyclic loading, and freeze-thaw exposure. Physical and environmental response variables were used to examine the pavement slab and the aged laboratory prisms. The aging protocol affected both physical and chemical properties of the monoliths. It took about 9 months of elapsed time to age specimens to an equivalent age of about 4 years. The equivalent ages matched well with the time frame seen in the field for the onset of early distress. Most response variables for the aged laboratory prisms and the field samples were similar, suggesting that the aging method reasonably produced a pavement of similar age and distress. The AA treatment produced an unexpected loss of strength, suggesting that the accelerated aging promoted the onset of a deleterious reaction. Distinguishing the source of trace metals in leachates was difficult, for all components (CFA, aggregates, cement) had similar elemental compositions and leachability. The use of both physical and environmental response variables showed linkages between compressive strength, microcracking, fine pore structure, Cl diffusive leaching (efflux related to road salting that increases the concentration of Cl in the monolith), and Ca diffusive leaching (related to change in matrix structure and loss of Ca).