A performance-based approach to concrete freeze-thaw durability

Yu Song, Arnesh Das, David A. Lange, Hossein Mosavi, Kyle Riding

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Concrete railroad ties can experience deterioration from freezing and thawing in cold climates typical to many railroads. Materials and manufacturing processes used to make concrete railroad ties can be controlled to give ties a long period of frost immunity. A performance-based criterion for selection of concrete materials and durability requirements would allow plants more flexibility in material selection and improve overall performance in the field. A new performance-based approach is described to concrete freeze-thaw quality control. In order to accommodate implementation, work was performed at a precast concrete railroad tie manufacturing plant to compare currently used concrete freeze-thaw quality control methods to the proposed performance-based method. This comparison is described to illustrate the benefits of this new performance-based approach.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2018 Joint Rail Conference, JRC 2018
PublisherAmerican Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
ISBN (Electronic)9780791850978
StatePublished - 2018
Event2018 Joint Rail Conference, JRC 2018 - Pittsburgh, United States
Duration: Apr 18 2018Apr 20 2018

Publication series

Name2018 Joint Rail Conference, JRC 2018


Other2018 Joint Rail Conference, JRC 2018
Country/TerritoryUnited States

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Transportation
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Automotive Engineering


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