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Strategies for reduced cooling time of asphalt for airfield pavement overlay

Rahman, Taqia; Thom, Nick; Dawson, Andrew


Taqia Rahman

Assistant Professor

Andrew Dawson


Reducing the cooling period of newly laid asphalt overlays could help airport authorities to quickly open remediated pavements to traffic. This paper reviews four strategies for a reduced cooling period, prior to trafficking, of newly-placed asphalt overlays: (1) Defining and selecting the warmest permissible asphalt temperature at opening to traffic, (2) Reducing the cooling time by using warm mix asphalt (WMA), (3) Increasing the cooling rate of asphalt by using high thermal conductivity material, and (4) Decreasing the pavement temperature by spraying water onto the freshly paved asphalt. A one-dimensional (1D) heat-transfer model using a finite element (FE) solution is developed as a function of weather conditions to simulate the effect of each strategy on asphalt cooling time. The analysis shows that each strategy significantly contributes to the rapid cooling of newly laid asphalt. However, there are some concerns over the performance of the pavements when some strategies are adopted.


Rahman, T., Thom, N., & Dawson, A. (2019). Strategies for reduced cooling time of asphalt for airfield pavement overlay.

Conference Name 2019 International Airfield and Highway Pavements Conference
Conference Location Chicago, Illinois, USA
Start Date Jul 21, 2019
End Date Jul 24, 2019
Acceptance Date Jan 28, 2019
Online Publication Date Jul 24, 2019
Publication Date Jul 24, 2019
Deposit Date Feb 7, 2019
Publicly Available Date Jan 25, 2020
Pages 251-265
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