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(51) Int.CLE: 0 1C 11//04
(21)Application KE/P/2008/00734 (84) WO No. WO 2007/042338 Al
(22) Filing Date: 27/07/2006
(31)Priority Number: 2684-2005 (32) Date: 12/10/2005 (33) Country: CL
(73) Owner(s): Inversiones Yuste, S.A. of Teatinos 500, Santiago, CHILE
(72) Inventor(s) COVARRUBIAS TORRES, Juan, Pablo
(74) Agent/address for correspondence: Daly & Figgis Advocates, 8th Floor Lonrho House, P.O. Box 40034-100, Nairobi
(54)Title: IMPROVED CONCRETE PAVEMENT SLABS FOR STREETS, ROADS OR
HIGHWAYS AND THE METHODOLOGY FOR THE SLAB DESIGN.
(57) The traditional paving systems employed until now, consider the width of pavement
Abstract: slabs equal to a lane width and the long dimension equal to the lane width or 6 meters
long. These dimensions make that the vehicles loads, and especially loaded truck, apply the loads at both edges simultaneously, inducing tensile stresses on the slabs surfaces when they are warped. The current invention proposes to built a concrete slab where the maximum width value of slab Dx is being given by the lower measure between the distance D1 of the front wheels of a model loading truck or by de mean, and the distance D2 of a rear running gear of the same truck or the mean; the maximum slab length L is given by the distance between the truck axles or the mean; and the thickness E is given by the concrete resistance value, considering traffic loads, the kind and quality of the base, and the ground type. The current invention comprises the design methodology of this concrete slab, which allows that always only one wheel or only one running gear of the truck, used as model truck or mean, touch and moves over the slab
IMPROVED CONCRETE PAVEMENT SLABS FOR STREETS, ROADS
OR HIGHWAYS AND THE METHODOLOGY FOR THE SLAB DESIGN
OBJECT OF THE INVENTION
5 The current invention refers to a concrete slab for paving roads,
highways and urban streets or similar, that presents improved dimensions in regard to the slabs of the previous art, resulting in a thinner pavement, and in consequence, cheaper than those known nowadays, and with a new slab design methodology, different from the traditional ones. For this
10 type of pavement, slabs are supported on a traditional base for this kind of pavement which may be granular, treated with cement or treated with asphalt. The current invention is for new concrete pavements and does not consider the repairing of old pavements with superposed concrete layers.
15 This invention is applicable to concrete slab on grade for paving
roads, highways a nd streets, w here the critical element s a re the s labs dimensions and the distances between the wheels of a loaded truck and the passing number of kind of vehicles.
20 PREVIOUS ART COMMENTS
The traditional systems employed until now, consider the width of pavement slabs equal to a lane width and the long dimension equal to the lane width or 6 meters long These dimension make that the vehicles loads, and especially loaded truck, apply the loads at both slab edges
25 simultaneously, inducing tensile stresses on the slabs surfaces when they are warped. This curling is normal and the slabs are always curled with the edges upwards. This loading system is the main cracking cause due to the concrete pavement stress.
The current invention considers shorter slabs which will never
30 be loaded at both edges simultaneously. So the loading system is
different. This new loading system always supports the load on the
ground, when the wheels move over the rocking slab. It will never move more than one running gear over a slab. This concept produces smaller makes tensions, in slabs of fewer dimensions than the front and rear axles of trucks, allowing to reduce the thickness necessary to support them.
5 This thickness reduction lowers the initial costs.
Generally, concrete slabs for roads, highways and urban streets have dimensions that normally are of a one lane width, in general, 3500 mm wide and 3550 to 6000 mm long. In order to support the load of heavy trucks, that generate increased tensions and requirements to those
10 slabs, road civil engineers must design slabs where the thickness is very important in order to prevent cracking. A lot of these designs use reinforcements, wire mesh or steel, assuring the slab durability, but increasing the slab cost significantly.
The document ES 2149103 (Vasquez Ruiz Del Arbol), dated on
15 July 7, 1998 reveals a articulated load transfer procedure between concrete slabs in situ where joints are formed, placing at the job site joint lines, a single device made with plastic mesh considering a shear and bending scheme prepared at the shop previously. In this way, the shrinking phenomenon is employed to obtain an alternative indentation
20 along the joints of adjacent slabs forming a continuous concrete slab which will be able to form a linkage of a hinge type between them. The procedure is complemented with a concrete separating element that makes easy the cracking formation and prevents water to come to the level space, and that may be hold in place with the mentioned device.
25 The invention, mentioned in this document, is applicable to concrete pavements for roads, highways and warehousing in harbor areas, and it allows designing pavements without using bases and sub bases.
The document ES 2092433 (Vasquez Ruiz Del Arbol), dated on November 16, 1996, reveals a procedure to build concrete pavement for
30 roads and airports. A sliding formwork is placed on a spreader (3) to form
inner holes (2) in a slab on grade (1), the fluid is grouted (4), preferably
bentonite slurry or soaped wet air, in each watertight hole formed by the formworks, pouring the fluid at an adequate volume of flow and pressure so, once the formwork are stripped, those holes are supported by the fluid grouted on them, closing del concrete pores and proportioning the support
5 for fresh concrete in the small tunnels; then the necessary procedures are made in order to form the concrete. The invention mentioned in this document allows saving concrete of the roadbed upper layer or of the base layer and obtains a rigid roadbed for every class of roads as highways, roads, ways and airports.
10 The document WO 2000/01890 (Vasquez Ruiz Del Arbol),
dated on January 13, 2000 reveals a articulated load transfer procedure between concrete slabs in situ where joints are formed, placing at the job site joint lines, a single device made with plastic mesh considering a shear and bending scheme prepared at the shop previously. In this way, the
15 shrinking phenomenon is employed to obtain an alternative indentation along the joints of adjacent slabs forming a continuous concrete slab which will be able to form a linkage of a hinge type between them. The procedure is complemented with a concrete separating element that makes easy the cracking formation and prevents water to come to the
20 level space, and that may be hold in place with the mentioned device. The invention, mentioned in this document, is applicable to concrete pavements for roads, highways and warehousing in harbor areas, and it allows designing pavements without using bases and sub bases.
25 FIGURES DESCRIPTION
The accompanying figures, are included to give more comprehension to the invention, and are incorporated to and form part of this description. They illustrate de invention, and together with the description, they allow to explain the invention.
30 Figure 1 shows the measured curling on an industrial floor slab
150 mm thick, 4 meters long. The slab is supported on the central circle,
the edges a rein cantilever. The corners a re four times more d eformed than the center of the edges. (Holland 2002)
Figure 2 shows the load critical forms on slabs of conventional
5 Figure 3 shows the effect of stiffness of the base on cantilever
length on debonded concrete slabs.
Figure 4 shows the effect of base stiffness on amount of cracking in slabs. A medium stiffness is better than very stiff or very soft. The optimum is between CBR 30 to 50% (Armanghani 1993).
10 Figure 5 shows that shorter slabs have shorter cantilevers than
longer slabs, and therefore smaller tensile stresses on the top.
Figure 6 shows t hat s horter s labs have smaller s urface force and therefore, smaller curling.
Figure 7 shows that measured curling on an industrial floor. It
15 shows that short slabs have less curling than long slabs. (Holland 2002)
Figure 8 shows schematic forces, including curling lifting forces,
in a concrete slab.
Figure 9 shows the performance for cracking in concrete pavements with 150 and 250 mm thick and 1,800 and 3,600 mm long
20 using HDM 4 performance models.
Figure 10 shows the effect of slab length on position and effect of the loads. Each load on the diagram represent the front and back axles of a vehicle.
Figure 11 shows the position and loading of a short slab when
25 traffic load is on the edge and the slab rocks.
Figure 12 shows the performance (cracking) of concrete slabs with and without tie bars. If slabs are allowed to rock the cantilevers are shorter and the cracks reduced.
Figure 13 shows the schematic forces with bonding of the slab
30 to the base. Shorter slabs have smaller lifting loads so bonding is more
Figure 14 shows the measures of a heavy load truck used in the calculus methodology of the current invention.
Figure 15 shows the maximum allowed measures of a slab on grade for the current invention.
5 Figure 16 shows the maximum measures allowed of a slab on
grade for the current invention, over a mean or model truck with one running gear.
10 The current invention refers to a concrete slab for paving roads,
highways and urban streets or similar, that presents improved dimensions in regard to the slabs of the previous art, resulting in a thinner pavement, and in consequence, cheaper than those known nowadays, and with a new slab design methodology, different from the traditional ones. For this
15 type of pavement, slabs are supported on a traditional base for this kind of pavement which may be granular, treated with cement or treated with asphalt. The current invention is for new concrete pavements and does not consider the repairing of old pavements with superposed concrete layers.
20 This invention is applicable to concrete slab on grade for paving
roads, highways a nd streets, w here the critical element s are the s labs dimensions and the distances between the wheels of a loaded truck and the passing number of kind of vehicles.
When analyzing the performance of concrete pavements a nd
25 its relation to curling, there are some thoughts that can be discussed. In Chile there was a very bad experience of unbonded slabs over cement treated bases. A polyethylene sheet was placed between the slab and the CTB. The cracking of these pavements started in about eight years, while in pavements of the same contract o ver g ranular bases, with the same
30 polyethylene under the concrete, the cracks started after fifteen years.
This performance shows the effect of bonding, rigidity of the base and
length of slabs. The following thinking tries to explain this performance and optimize concrete pavement design.
The pavement slabs are supported by the base. When the slab curls, if the base is stiff, it will not sink on it and the central area of support
5 will be small and the cantilever long (Figs. 1, 2 and 3). With the loads at the edges, this will produce high tensile stresses on the surface of the slab and top down cracks. If the base is soft, the slab will sink on it leaving a shorter cantilever and lower stresses with the same loading. For this case, the ideal support rigidity is with a stiffness of CBR (Soil Resistance
10 Test) 30 to 50% (Fig.4).
A too soft of a base, now with the load at the center, will produce tensile stresses at the bottom of the slab and bottom up cracks. This is explained because the slab will be wholly supported and the stresses will be induced by the deformation of the slab over a deformable
15 support (Fig 4). This same effect is induced if the slabs are warped downward. This is the original thought on calculating the stresses with the old design methods, before the curling up phenomena was known.
This suggests that the optimal material to use as base material would be with CBR between 30 and 50% when the slabs are curled
20 upwards. In Chile, the most durable concrete pavements (more than 70
years on a high traffic road) were built over bases with CBR 30%.
The needed stiffness of the base could be different if the slabs are flat and with the bottom up crack possibility.
Another point to have into account is that heavy traffic normally
25 runs a t night, w hen the s labs are curled upwards. T his would make u s think that the upward curling should be the main consideration for design of a rural pavement.
If the s lab curls upward I eaving a cantilever of a fourth o f its length, then a shorter slab will have a shorter cantilever (Fig. 5).
30 Therefore, shorter slabs will have reduced tensile stresses on the top than
Also, shorter slabs have reduced curling. The curling is produced by an asymmetrical force on the surface of the slab (Fig.6).. This force is produced by drying and thermal differential shrinkage on the surface of the concrete. This force induces the construction or built up
The drying shrinkage curling is due to the hydraulic difference between the top and the bottom of the slab, The slab is always wet at the bottom, as the humidity of the earth condenses under the pavement, and it is most of the time dry on the surface.
10 This humidity gradient produces an upward curling. The
residual upward curling for the slab with cero temperature gradient was measured in Chile on real pavements, and was equivalent to a thermal gradient of 17.5 °C with the top colder. The maximum positive gradient measured at midday, when the slab was hot at the surface, was 19,5 °C.
15 This means that the slab never got flat on the ground. It always presented an upward curling, being maximum at night time, when the built in and the temperature gradient with the top cold are added. This gives the maximum upward curling of a slab, and normally is produced at early hours in the morning, before the sun conies out.
20 Construction is important to reduce inbuilt hydraulic curling. A
good curing to prevent surface water loss when the concrete is not stiff enough will reduce curling. Allowing some drying of the concrete from the bottom surface of the slab, by not using impermeable materials under the slab or not saturating the base before placing the concrete, also reduces
25 humidity curling. Care should be taken on temperature of the base when placing the concrete. Maybe some watering should be done to reduce the temperature of the base.
The main thermal shrinkage is produced during construction. When the concrete is placed during the hot hours of the day, the concrete
30 on the surface of the slab will be hotter and harden with a longer surface
because of its higher temperature than the bottom surface. It will also
harden first. When the temperature comes down to normal working temperature, the top of the slab will reduce its length more than the bottom part, and induce a superficial force that produces the upward curling. Placing the concrete in the afternoon and evening, will reduce
5 high surface temperatures and reduce curling due to thermal differentials.
These forces induced by drying and temperature shrinkage of the surface are dependant of the slab length. For longer slabs, the curling force will be bigger, and so the curling and the cantilever.
It has been seen that construction timing and curing are big
10 contributors to curling of concrete slabs, together with length.
Normally, on 3.5 to 5 meters long slabs, the front and rear axles load the slabs at both edges simultaneously (Fig.10). This loading induces the traffic surface tensile stresses to the pavement when it is curled upwards, inducing top down cracks. These tensile stresses at the trop are
15 due to the moment produced in the cantilever part of the slab. In this situation, it is very important the load transfer, which allows more than one slab taking this loading. The slabs collaborate and reduce the stresses on each slab.
Figure 9 shows the performance in cracking of a pavement
20 varying only the thickness and the slab length, all other design parameters were kept constant. The models used to analyze this performance were the HDM 4 models developed from the Ripper 96 models. It can be seen that the cracking performance of a slab 3.8 meters long and 220 mm thick is similar to a slab 1.8 meters long and 150 mm thick. If the slab is bonded
25 to a CTB, the performance is much better.
This model over dimension slabs since it induces load on
If slabs are short, of a length where the front and rear axles will never load the edges simultaneously (Fig 10), the configuration of the
30 loading and the rocking of the slabs change the stresses configuration
within the slab. Only one set of wheels will move over the slab and the
slab will rock in a way that the load will always be touching the ground, therefore well supported, and the slab will have no stresses produced by the cantilever and the loading. In rocking, the slab will be lifted and the weight of the slab will induce tensile stresses at the surface (Fig 11). In
5 this case the stresses are produced by the slab's own weight when it rocks. Now, the main loading will depend on the geometry of the slab and not on the traffic loading. if the slabs are curl upward and allowed to rock, the stresses will be reduced, assuming the stiffness of the base is optimal.
The following Table 1 shows the geometry and the stresses
10 induced by the weight of the concrete of the slab. It was assumed that the cantilever is 0.41 times the length of the slab and 70% of load transfer, when de traffic load is applied at the edge of the slab and the slab lifts up the other end and the next slab. It also shows the axle load needed to lift the slab.
(MPa) Axle load to
lift the slab
500 25 350 3076 30 10767
500 20 350 2461 37 8613
500 15 350 1846 49 6460
500 12 350 1477 62 5168
500 10 350 1230 74 4307
500 8 350 984 92 3445
450 25 350 2492 24 9690
450 20 350 1993 30 7752
450 15 350 1495 40 5814
450 12 350 1196 50 4651
450 10 350 997 60 3876
450 8 350 797 75 3101
400 25 350 1969 19 8613
400 20 350 1575 24 6891
400 15 350 1181 32 5168
400 12 350 945 39 4134
400 10 350 788 47 3445
400 8 350 630 59 2756
350 25 350 1507 14 7537
350 20 350 1206 18 6029
350 15 350 904 24 4522
350 12 350 724 30 3618
350 10 350 603 36 3015
350 8 350 482 45 2412
175 25 175 377 4 1884
175 20 175 301 5 1507
175 15 175 226 6 1131
175 12 175 181 8 904
175 10 175 151 9 754
175 8 175 121 11 603
120 25 120 177 2 886
120 20 120 142 2 709
120 15 120 106 3 532
120 12 120 85 4 425
120 10 120 71 4 354
120 8 120 57 5 284
Table 1.- Geometry, stresses, and needed axle weight to induce stresses (a) because of own weight of the slab. Several easy assumptions were used to simplify the model
5 For thinner slabs, the loads needed to lift it are smaller than for
thicker slabs. Light traffic will lift the edge of the slabs that produces the tensile stresses. As the number of lighter vehicles is larger than the number of heavy vehicles, the number of fatigue replications is increased for thinner slabs.
10 Having this as one mechanism of failure, the design should
take into account the geometry of the slab. This geometry can be
optimized by designing the slab length in accordance to the axle and tire distances of the most common trucks.
The width of half a lane also helps in taking the traffic loads near the center of the narrow lane, reducing the loading at the edges and
5 reducing the cantilever in the transverse direction. A width of one third of a lane could take the traffic loads near the longitudinal joint, worsening the performance.
The lane width can be optimized. With three lanes per normal lane in width, with a non symmetrical design, a narrower central lane can
10 be designed to keep the traffic loads at the center of the outer lanes.
The other load condition that must be looked after are the normal stresses for a flat slab due to bending over an elastic support. This condition produces bottom tensile stresses and bottom up cracking. The stresses should be checked in this situation, as they will be another limit
15 for the thickness of the slab.
When the slab length is reduced, bellow a given length, the stresses produced by traffic loads change. For long slabs, load transfer helps in supporting the loading. For short slabs, load transfer adds the loading of the adjacent slab and increases stresses. This is shown in Fig.
20 11, where it can be seen that eliminating the load of the contiguous slab reduces the stresses. This can also be seen in Fig 12, where the tie bars increase the cantilever and the cracking of the slabs, by reducing the possibility for the slab to rock and accommodate the loads in a less stressful position.
25 The curling forces tend to lift the edges of the pavement slab.
This is due to a moment produced by the force located at the surface level and not at the neutral axis of the slab. Bonding of the slab produces a downward vertical force which compensates the curling moment. If this bonding vertical force is bigger than the curling I ifting vertical force, the
30 slab will stay flat on the base. If this is the case, there will be no cantilever
and the top tensile stresses in the slab will be much smaller. Even if the
edges lift up, the bonding forces will reduce the length of the cantilever, as the curling moment will have an inverse moment produced by the bonding force. The unbonding will go under the slab up to the position where the curling upward force is the same as the bonding downward force.
5 Bonding of the slabs is beneficial for the performance of concrete pavements. This is more important with stiff bases, like materials treated with cement or asphalt.
With slabs half a lane wide and long, the design concepts change. With this geometry the stresses are mainly due to the own weight
10 of the slab and the position of the tire loading, for curled upward slabs. Also the thickness should be checked by the stresses induced by flexion of flat or warped downward slabs over the base.
The short slabs curl much less than ordinary length slabs. Allowing the rocking of the slabs should reduce stresses in the pavement.
15 If this is true, load transfer should not exist. This would design pavements with no steel bars within the slabs. Confinement to eliminate a possible drift and separation of the lanes can be achieved with curbs or by vertical steel pins on the outer edges of the slabs.
The invention considers the four bearing points of a truck,
20 generated by the four bearing points of the wheels. Figure 14 shows a truck with two front wheels and two pairs of rear wheels. Front wheels are separated at a distance D1 and the rear running gear is separated at a distance D2. The distance between the front axle and the first rear axle is L. The purpose is preventing that front wheels, or both pair of rear
25 wheels, bear over the pavement simultaneously, so the slab shall have a maximum width given by the less between D1 and D2, to which the value Dx will be assigned. To prevent that one of the front wheels and one of the rear axles bear simultaneously on the slab, the slab must have a length smaller than L. As may be seen in Fig. 14, in this way, the slab will
30 have a maximum width Dx and a maximum length of L, assuring that only
one wheel bears on the slab when the truck moves over the road o highway.
In practice, the slabs will be larger than Dx and L measurements, so slabs cuts must be done at distances that allow
5 generating slab dimensions that change the load effect of the vehicles or trucks axles, used as design reference. In a preferred execution of the current invention, cuts are sawed at 3 m in longitudinal sense and a longitudinal cut that diminishes the slab width at least at a measure equivalent to half a lane width. In the Chilean case, ideally slabs shall
10 have 1.75 m long and 1.75 m width. Those measurements are not only the possible ones, but they present an example to better understand the system. At the present, this cut in normally done at a distance of 3.5 m to 6 m in transverse direction, allowing slabs of this length in the longitudinal sense and the width equal to a normal lane of 3.5 m width.
15 This dimensions allow the slab have a thickness E thinner than
traditional one. Calculation for the thickness E is given by a stress analysis of the slab weight, load transfers, the ground support capacity, the concrete resistance, the curling conditions and the bearing area, the type and traffic volume.
20 Once the measures Dx, L and E are known, the ground shall be
prepared for paving in order to put in place the necessary amount of concrete that shall fill the right lengthen rectangular parallelepiped that forms the pavement slab.
The minimum value of Dx width is longer than 50 cm, and
25 alternately, the maximum d imension of the width i s equivalent t o h alf a normal lane. In the same manner, the minimum value of L length is longer than 50 m. When using a reference truck for the slab design, the maximum length may respond to 3 m or 3.5 m, depending on the distance between axles.
Moreover, the slab may be supported by a traditional base for concrete pavements; the support may be granular or treated with cement or treated with asphalt.
The slab dimensions may be obtained experimentally and 5 compared with a design catalogue based on the performance measured
by test spans, making easier the design.
As it was mentioned previously, the pavement span may be larger than the measures Dx and L, but by sawing, the spans may be cut to the wanted measures.
10 The mentioned dimensions would allow that only one wheel, or
one running gear, be always bearing and moving over the slab.
The model truck or mean would have a pair of front wheels and a rear running gear, as can be seen in the Figure 16. In this case, the distance L would be measured between the front axle and the first rear
To design a slab using the current invention, the following methodology is proposed:
a) To determine a model or mean truck with a distance D1 between front wheels and a distance D2 between one running gear and a
20 length L for the distance between the front axle and the first rear axle of
this running gear;
b) To dimension the slab width at a distance Dx, which is smaller than the value of D1 and D2;
c) To dimension the slab length in a distance smaller than the 25 value of the distance L between the front axle and the first rear axle of this
running gear of the model truck, and
d) To dimension the slab thickness for a distance E given by the concrete resistance value, considering the traffic loads, the kind and quality of the base and the ground type.
30 In the methodology of the current invention, the minimum value
for Dx is longer than the 70 cm traditional large cement tile. The
maximum dimension DX is equivalent to half a normal lane and the maximum dimension L corresponds to 3.0 m or 3.5 m.
Having an adequate calculus methodology, and based on a loading truck or mean, a design catalogue may be generated using the Dx, L and E dimensions, based on the performance measured on the test spans.
As an additional step to the methodology, the paving span may have bigger dimensions than Dx and L, and then, this span may be cut using a saw to the dimensions Dx and L or smaller.
1. A concrete slab as a pavement in streets, roads, highways and express highways of the type built over a prepared sub base with the concrete poured on site. characterized in that:
5 the maximum width of the slab Dx is given by the least measure
within the distance D1 of the front wheels of a truck with normal load or average and the distance D2 of the set of wheels of the rear axels of the same standard or average truck;
the maximum length of the slab L is given by the distance between
10 the front and rear axels of the standard or average truck;
the thickness E is given by the value of strength of the concrete having in consideration the traffic loads, type and quality of the base, type of soil.
2. A concrete slab, according to claim 1, characterized in that the
15 minimum width Dx is greater than 0.50 meters.
3. A concrete slab, according to claim 1, characterized in that the minimum length L is greater than 0.50 meters.
4. A concrete slab, according to claim 1, characterized in that it is supported by a traditional concrete pavement sub base, that can be
20 granular, cement treated or asphalt treated.
5. A concrete slab, according to claim 1, characterized in that the maximum width is half the normal lane width
6. A concrete slab, according to claim 1, characterized in that the maximum length is 3.0 meters.
25 7. A concrete slab, according to claim 1, characterized in that a
design catalog is generated based in performance of trial sections.
8. A concrete slab, according to claim 1, characterized in that a sector can have bigger sizes than Dx and L, such a section is sawn to the maximum dimensions of Dx and L or smaller to them
9. A concrete slab, according to claim 1, characterized in that the concrete of a slab can be poured directly on site with the dimensions of the slab in a form of rectangular or square parallelepiped
10. A concrete slab, according to claim 1, characterized in that
5 always only one wheel or only one set of wheels is touching and supported over the slab, producing a change in the loading of the pavement in respect to traditional bigger slabs.
11. Design methodology for concrete slabs pavements used in streets, roads, highways and express highways of the type where the
10 base is prepared and the concrete is poured on site, characterized in that it includes the following stages:
determine the normal or average truck with a distance D1 between the front wheels and a distance D2 between the set of rear wheels and a length L between the front and the first rear axel of the set
15 of wheels.
set the width of the slab in a dimension Dx which is smaller to the minimum value between D1 and D2,
set the length of the slab in a distance smaller than the length L of distance between the front axel and the first rear axel of the set of 20 wheels of the normal or average truck, and
set the thickness of the slab in a distance E given by the value of strength of the concrete having into account the traffic loads, quality of the base and type of soil.
12. A methodology according to claim 12, characterized in that in
25 the dimensioning of the width, the minimum value of Dx is greater than
13. A methodology according to claim 11, characterized in that in the d imensioning of the length, the minimum value of L is greater than 0.50 meters.
14. A methodology according to claim 11, characterized in that in the dimensioning of the width, the maximum dimension of Dx is equivalent to half the normal lane..
15. A methodology according to claim 11, characterized in that in
5 the dimensioning of the length, the maximum dimension of L is 3.0
16. A methodology according to claim 11, characterized in that with the dimensions Dx, L and E a design catalog is generated based on the performance measured in test sections.
10 17. A methodology, according to claim 11, characterized in that a
section of the pavement can have larger dimensions to Dx and L and then, such section can be cut with a saw to the dimensions Dx and L or smaller than them
18. A methodology, according to claim 11, characterized in that a
15 section of the pavement can be poured directly on site wityh the
dimensions of the slab in a form of a rectangular parallelepiped
19. A methodology, according to claim 11, characterized in that always only one wheel or one set of wheels will be touching and supported over the slab, producing a change in the loading of the
20 pavement in respect to traditional bigger slabs