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Permeability of Sprayed Seals: Literature Review
  • Publication no: AP-T311-16
  • ISBN: 978-1-925451-21-4
  • Published: 20 July 2016

This report describes a literature review on the permeability of sprayed seal surfacings. This review work was conducted to explore the permeability limits of sprayed seal surfacings, and to determine the influencing factors which allow seals to remain sufficiently waterproof. The testing methods and related equipment that may be used to determine permeability were also investigated.

The findings indicate that water ingress is possible through a sprayed seal under atmospheric conditions, and is exacerbated by the presence of higher pressures and dynamic loading, like that caused by passing vehicle tyres. A number of factors (e.g. treatment types, quality of work/maintenance) greatly influence the waterproofing capabilities of sprayed seals.

Conducting permeability testing on sprayed seals is complicated by their typically coarse texture, which makes generating a watertight seal between the equipment and the surface very difficult. These interface problems and lack of proper sample collection and/or preparation techniques appear to be the main barriers to conducting routine assessment of the permeability of sprayed seals.

Large scale accelerated loading facilities may be utilised for testing permeability of sprayed seal surfacings as these provide realistic pavements and sprayed seals. These also enable intensive monitoring and data collection that would not be readily possible on an in-service road.

  • Summary
  • 1. Introduction
  • 2. Permeability of Sprayed Seal Surfacings
    • 2.1. Are Sprayed Seals Waterproof?
    • 2.2. Possible Mechanisms and Causes of Water Movement
      • 2.2.1. Thin Seal Membranes on High Traffic Roads
      • 2.2.2. Flushing and Blistering
      • 2.2.3. Cracks, Joints and Faults
      • 2.2.4. Binder and Aggregate Interface
      • 2.2.5. Static and Dynamic Loading
      • 2.2.6. Road Shape and Profile
      • 2.2.7. Pavement Materials, Properties and Design Issues
    • 2.3. Influence of Prime Coat
    • 2.4. Influence of Seal Type
      • 2.4.1. Single Layer Sprayed Seals
      • 2.4.2. Multiple Layer Seals
      • 2.4.3. Geotextile Reinforced Seals
      • 2.4.4. SAM and SAMIs
      • 2.4.5. Maintenance Treatments
    • 2.5. Influence of Binder Type
    • 2.6. Discussion
  • 3. Permeability Test Methods
    • 3.1. Infiltrometers and Permeameters
      • 3.1.1. Field Permeameters/Infiltrometers
      • 3.1.2. Laboratory Permeameters
    • 3.2. Sprayed Seal Samples for Laboratory Testing
      • 3.2.1. Extracting Samples from the Field
      • 3.2.2. Creating Samples in the Laboratory
    • 3.3. Accelerated Loading Facilities
    • 3.4. Wheel Tracking Membrane Performance
    • 3.5. Discussion
  • 4. Summary and Conclusions
  • References