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Jointed Plain Concrete Pavements in Airports: Structural–Economic Evaluation and Proposal for a Catalogue

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Department of Civil, Constructional and Environmental Engineering, Sapienza University of Rome, Via Eudossiana 18, 00184 Rome, Italy
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Servizio Infrastrutture A.M. (ITAF Infrastructure Department), Viale dell’Università 4, 00185 Rome, Italy
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Laboratorio Principale Prove e Sperimentazioni, 2° Reparto Genio A.M. (ITAF Infrastructure Department), Viale di Marino snc, 00043 Ciampino, Italy
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Ufficio Progetti, 2° Reparto Genio A.M. (ITAF Infrastructure Department), Viale di Marino snc, 00043 Ciampino, Italy
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Academic Editors: Fabrizio D’Amico, Luca Bianchini Ciampoli and Fabio Tosti
Received: 8 April 2021 / Revised: 25 April 2021 / Accepted: 27 April 2021 / Published: 11 May 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Research and Developments in Pavements)
Although the design of jointed plain concrete pavements could be solved by commercial software, there is still a need for simple tools to be used in feasibility studies and preliminary cost–benefit analyses. This paper analyzed and verified jointed plain concrete pavements for airports composed of square slabs without tie and dowel bars. The examined slabs are laid on a cement-treated base layer and a stabilized granular subbase layer. The finite element software FAARFIELD was used to design the JPCP pavements when they are subjected to the design of the airplane (i.e., turboprop C-130J Hercules) under different conditions. Seven subgrade load bearing capacity values, twenty traffic levels, and two construction hypotheses (i.e., constant or variable thickness of the two deeper layers) were designed and then verified with the Westergaard theory in order to present a proposal for a catalogue. Finally, the construction cost per unit surface area was calculated for different construction methods of paving (by slip form paver or by fixed form). The obtained results provide a simple and fast procedure to design preliminary airport JPCPs. View Full-Text
Keywords: airport pavement; military airplane; finite element model; concrete pavement; jointed plain concrete pavement airport pavement; military airplane; finite element model; concrete pavement; jointed plain concrete pavement
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Di Mascio, P.; De Rubeis, A.; De Marchis, C.; Germinario, A.; Metta, G.; Salzillo, R.; Moretti, L. Jointed Plain Concrete Pavements in Airports: Structural–Economic Evaluation and Proposal for a Catalogue. Infrastructures 2021, 6, 73. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/infrastructures6050073

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Di Mascio P, De Rubeis A, De Marchis C, Germinario A, Metta G, Salzillo R, Moretti L. Jointed Plain Concrete Pavements in Airports: Structural–Economic Evaluation and Proposal for a Catalogue. Infrastructures. 2021; 6(5):73. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/infrastructures6050073

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Di Mascio, Paola, Alberto De Rubeis, Claudio De Marchis, Antonello Germinario, Giovanni Metta, Rosario Salzillo, and Laura Moretti. 2021. "Jointed Plain Concrete Pavements in Airports: Structural–Economic Evaluation and Proposal for a Catalogue" Infrastructures 6, no. 5: 73. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/infrastructures6050073

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