Rational Approach for Characterizing In Situ Infiltration Parameters of Two-Layered Pervious Concrete Pavement Systems

Avishreshth Singh, Gaddam Sai Jagadeesh, Prasanna Venkatesh Sampath, Krishna Prapoorna Biligiri*

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Pervious concrete (PC) has gained acceptance as a sustainable pavement material because of its ability to capture and infiltrate stormwater through the pavement system, and subsequently augment groundwater recharge. However, a systematic methodology that estimates and assesses the in situ infiltration characteristics of pervious concrete pavement (PCP) systems has yet to be developed. The objective of this study was to establish a rational methodical approach that evaluates the infiltration rates through PC and granular subbase (GSB) layers in a PCP system by utilizing experimental and analytical techniques. Over 20 field test slabs, each measuring4×4×0.15m, were con-structed along a 120-m long stretch using one single PC mix type overlaid on a 0.25-m GSB layer. An experimental field test was designed to estimate the in situ infiltration rate through the PCP system, and was found to vary between 0.11 and 0.32 cm/s. Further, an infiltration test was performed on PC slabs to measure the surface infiltration rate (SIR), which ranged from 0.10 to 1.28 cm/s. Using the principle of conservation of mass, which assumes that the flow rate through each layer in a PCP system is identical, the infiltration rate of the GSB layer was found to be0.07–0.11cm=s. A significant contribution of this study was the development of a generic approach toward characterizing the major in situ infiltration parameters of multilayered PCP systems that incorporate a base and subbase layer, which have the potential to serve as effective hydraulic conduits through the system.
Original languageEnglish
Article number04019258
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Materials in Civil Engineering
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Externally publishedYes


  • Pervious concrete
  • Infiltration
  • Sustainable pavements
  • Principle of conservation of mass
  • Granular subbase
  • Field study
  • ASTM C1701


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