Roads and Bridges - Drogi i Mosty
21, 3, 2022, 183-201

Analysis of causes of damage to single-layer concrete highway pavement

Michał A. Glinicki Mail
Institute of Fundamental Technological Research Polish Academy of Sciences, 5B Pawińskiego St., 02-106 Warsaw
Daria Jóźwiak-Niedźwiedzka Mail
Institute of Fundamental Technological Research Polish Academy of Sciences, 5B Pawińskiego St., 02-106 Warsaw
Aneta Antolik Mail
Institute of Fundamental Technological Research Polish Academy of Sciences, 5B Pawińskiego St., 02-106 Warsaw
Kinga Dziedzic Mail
Institute of Fundamental Technological Research Polish Academy of Sciences, 5B Pawińskiego St., 02-106 Warsaw
Mariusz Dąbrowski Mail
Institute of Fundamental Technological Research Polish Academy of Sciences, 5B Pawińskiego St., 02-106 Warsaw
Karolina Bogusz Mail
Institute of Fundamental Technological Research Polish Academy of Sciences, 5B Pawińskiego St., 02-106 Warsaw
Paweł Lisowski Mail
Institute of Fundamental Technological Research Polish Academy of Sciences, 5B Pawińskiego St., 02-106 Warsaw
Published: 2022-09-22


Premature damage to the concrete pavement of a trunk road section after 15 years of its service life was noticed. The damage manifested itself in cracking along transverse joints and in the corners of slabs. Diagnostic investigations, covering a petrographic analysis of concrete and mineral aggregates by means of optical and scanning microscopy, an evaluation of the elastic properties, the degree of cracking and air-void parameters and an identification of the alkali-silica reaction products, were carried out on core samples. Multiple cracks in coarse quartzite aggregate particles and in cement matrix were found. A significant presence of microcrystalline and cryptocrystalline quartz in quartzite particles was detected. Typical alkali-silica reaction products were unambiguously identified. The considerable cracking and the substantial decrease in the modulus of elasticity were correlated with the presence of reactive quartz in the quartzite aggregate and the alkali-silica reaction was found to be the main cause of the damage. Additional damaging factors, such as heavy traffic loads and frost aggression, are discussed.


concrete, road pavement, pavement evaluation, aggregate, quartzite, alkali-silica reaction, cracks, service life.

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Analysis of causes of damage to single-layer concrete highway pavement

Glinicki, Michał A. et al. Analysis of causes of damage to single-layer concrete highway pavement. Roads and Bridges - Drogi i Mosty, [S.l.], v. 21, n. 3, p. 183-201, sep. 2022. ISSN 2449-769X. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 02 Oct. 2022. doi: