Engineering Meteorology: The Effects of Weather and Climate on Concrete Pavement

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Concrete pavement may be adversely affected by weather and climate through the freezing process either within or under the pavement. The common results of freezing action that are detrimental to the durability and usefulness of the pavement are differential frost heave, loss of subsoil bearing strength, migration of subsoil, loss of strength of the concrete itself, and scaling of the pavement surface. Temperature and moisture are the dominant factors in each of these effects.

1 Paper No. 5 on Topics in Applied Meteorology from the Meteorological Laboratory, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Concrete pavement may be adversely affected by weather and climate through the freezing process either within or under the pavement. The common results of freezing action that are detrimental to the durability and usefulness of the pavement are differential frost heave, loss of subsoil bearing strength, migration of subsoil, loss of strength of the concrete itself, and scaling of the pavement surface. Temperature and moisture are the dominant factors in each of these effects.

1 Paper No. 5 on Topics in Applied Meteorology from the Meteorological Laboratory, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan.

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