The Design of URC, Heavy Duty Slip-Formed Concrete Pavement for a Port Environment

Paper by GRIFFITHS from ISCR 11th 2010 Seville Spain

The design of heavy duty pavements for ports and harbours is becoming an important concrete pavement application. This paper summarises Ove Arup & PartnersÂ’ experience in completing the design of heavy-duty container port pavements. The paper outlines a practical set of calculations complete with a standard, jointed unreinforced concrete (URC), pavement solution which may be employed within a container port environment. URC concrete pavements are jointed thin laminar structures which contain no steel reinforcement, their strength is derived from their tensile capacity. The paper suggests how an un-dowelled, slip-formed concrete construction technique might be applied to a container port pavement.

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