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Wednesday, June 22, 2016


Pervious concrete which is also known as no fines, porous, gap graded, and permeable concrete and enhance porosity concrete has been found to be a reliable storm water management tool. By definition, pervious concrete is a mixture of gravel or granite stone, cement, water, little to no sand (fine aggregate). When pervious concrete is used for paving, the open cell structures allow storm water to filter through the pavement and into the underlying soils. In other words, pervious concrete helps in protecting the surface of the pavement and its environment.
Pervious concrete has the same basic constituents as conventional concrete that is 15% -30% of its volume consists of interconnected void network, which allows water to pass through the concrete. High range water reducer and thickening agent are introduced in the concrete to improve its strength and workability. It can allow the passage of 0.014-0.023 m3 of water per minute through its open cells for each square foot 0.0929 m2 of surface area which is far greater than most rain occurrences. Pervious concrete is rough textured, and has a honeycombed surface, with moderate amount of surface ravelling which occurs on heavily travelled roadways. Carefully controlled amount of water and cementitious materials are used to create a paste. The paste then forms a thick coating around aggregate particles, to prevent the flowing off the paste during mixing and placing. Using enough paste to coat the particles maintain a system of interconnected voids which allow water and air to pass through. The lack of sand in pervious concrete results in a very harsh mix that negatively affects mixing, delivery and placement. Also, due to high void content pervious concrete is light in weight (about 1600 to 1900kg/m3). Pervious concrete void structure provides pollutant captures which also add significant structural strength as well. It also results in very high permeable concrete that drains quickly.
Pervious concrete can be used in a wide range of applications, although its primary use in pavements which are in: residual roads, alleys and driveways, low volume pavements, low water crossings, sidewalks and pathways, parking areas, tennis courts, slope stabilization, sub-base for conventional concrete pavements etc.
Pervious concrete system has advantages over impervious concrete in that it is effective in managing run-off from paved surfaces, prevent contamination in run-off water, and recharge aquifer, repelling salt water intrusion, control pollution in water seepage to ground water recharge thus, preventing subterranean storm water sewer drains, absorbs less heat than regular concrete and asphalt, reduces the need for air conditioning. Pervious concrete allows for increased site optimization because in most cases, its use should totally limit the need for detention and retention ponds, swales and other more traditional storm water management devices that are otherwise required for compliances with the Federal storm water regulations on commercial sites of one acre or more. By using pervious concrete, the ambient air temperature will be reduced, requiring less power to cool the building. In addition, costly storm water structures such as piping, inlets and ponds will be eliminated. Construction scheduling will also be improved as the stone rechargebed will be installed at the beginning of construction, enhancing erosion control measures and preventing rain delays due to harsh site conditions. Apparently, when compared to conventional concrete, pervious concrete has a lower compressive strength, greater permeability, and a lower unit weight (approximately 70% of conventional concrete). However, pervious concrete has a greater advantage in many regards. Nevertheless, it has its own limitation which must be put in effective consideration when planning its use. Structurally when higher permeability and low strength are required the effect of variation in aggregate size on strength and permeability for the same aggregate cement ratio need to be investigated.

Fig 1.1 Pervious Concrete


If a constituent is to be suitable for a particular purpose, it is necessary to select the constituent materials and combine them in such a manner as to develop the special qualities required as economical as possible. The selection of materials and choice of method of construction is not easy, since many variables affect the quality of the concrete produced, and both quality and economy must be considered. The characteristics of concrete should be evaluated in relation to the required quality for any given construction purpose.

Ordinary Portland cement, 53 grade conforming to IS: 269 – 1976. Ordinary Portland cement, 53 grade was used for casting all the specimens. Different types of cement also will produce concrete have a different rates of strength development. The choice of brand and type of cement is the most important to produce a good quality of concrete. The type of cement affects the rate of hydration, so that the strengths at early ages can be considerably influenced by the particular cement used.

Locally available crushed blue granite stones conforming to graded aggregate of nominal size 12.5 mm as per IS: 383-1970. Several investigations concluded that maximum size of coarse aggregate should be restricted in strength of the composite. In addition to cement paste – aggregate ratio, aggregate type has a great influence on concrete dimensional stability.

Casting and curing of specimens were done with the portable water which is available.

For the evaluation of the structural performance of the pervious concrete in civil engineering construction, the effects of varying the aggregate size on thecompressive strength and permeability and durability of pervious concrete were studied. This study covers the simple use of pervious concrete as pavement material in the construction of pedestrian walkways and parking lots.

Three batches of test specimen were produced from each of the aggregate size representing aggregate cement ratios of 6:1, 8:1 and 10:1 with no fines in the mixes. The materials were batched by weight as in Table3.1. As earlier stated, two different sizes of coarse aggregate (crushed stone or granite) were used in this study. The sizes are 3/8-inch (9.375mm) and 3/4-inch (18.75mm) granite. The specific gravity test carried out on the two aggregate sizes gave average value of 2.7. For the two aggregate sizes, the mix proportions were done by weight. From each of the batches, 8 of 150mm concrete cubes were taken. The mix proportioning are as shown in Table 3.1.

Table 3.1 Mix Proportion by Weight of Aggregate and Cement

The batched materials are thoroughly hand-mixed with water so as to obtain uniform and homogenous pervious concrete. Water/cement ratio of 0.4 was added to form a cement paste, ACI 211.3R (2002) stipulates that the ratio should be between 0.35 and 0.45. A total of 24 cubes were produced for each aggregate size for different mix ratio of 6:1, 8:1 and 10:1 of coarse aggregate and cement.

The aim of the test is to determine the compressive strength of pervious concrete. The test was carried out in accordance with BS1881-108: 1983 and ACI 522R-10. The cubes were tested for compressive strength (Fig 3.2) at specify ages of 7, 14, 21 and 28 days of curing. The compressive strength of pervious concrete is calculated thus:
Compressive strength = (crushing load, kN)/(area of cross section, m2)

Fig 3.2 Compression Testing Machine (Controls Milano-Italy,range: 0- 1500 kN)

The compressive strength of the pervious concrete increases with increase in age and as the aggregate/cement ratio reduces as observed in Table 3.2 and 3.3. Also, the compressive strength of the 3/8’’ aggregate is greater than that of 3/4” for the same age and aggregate/cement ratios as shown in tables 3.2 and 3.3.

Table 3.2 Compressive Strength at age 7, 14, 21, 28 days for 6:1, 8: 1 and 10:1
Aggregate/Cement ratio and aggregate size of ¾”

Table3.3 Compressive Strength at age 7, 14, 21, 28 days for 6:1, 8: 1 and 10:1
Aggregate/Cement ratio and aggregate size of 3/8”

Aggregate/cement ratio of 6:1, 8:1 and 10:1 had compressive strength of 29%, 18% and 15% respectively of 28N/mm2 which is the maximum value stipulated by ACI 552R-10 on 28th day of curing for aggregate size 3/4". In addition, for the same aggregate cement ratio(6:1 ,8:1 and 10:1) the compressive strength of the concrete were found to be 39%, 29% and 26% of the value stipulated by ACI 552R-10 which is 28 N/mm2 for aggregate size 3/8”.
Conclusively, the A/C of 6:1 had the highest value of compressive strength and aggregate size 3/8” produced the best results.

Fig 3.3 Compressive strength of Pervious Concrete of 3/8” Aggregate size at
different Aggregate-Cement Ratio

Fig 3.4 Compressive Strength of Pervious Concrete of 3/4" Aggregate size at
different Aggregate/Cement Ratio

Fig 3.5 Comparison between ¾” and 3/8” Compressive Strength for 6:1
Aggregate/Cement ratio

The permeability of pervious concrete was determined using a falling head permeability set up Fig 3.6. Water was allowed to flow through the sample, through a connected standpipe which provides the water head. Before starting the flow measurement, the samples were wrapped with polythene inside the cylinder. Then the test started by allowing water to flow through the sample until the water in the standpipe reached a given lower level. A constant time of 5 sec was taken for the water to fall from one head to another in the standpipe. The standpipe was refilled and the test was repeated when water reached a lower level as shown in Fig 3.6. The permeability of the pervious concrete sample was evaluated from the expression given below:

a = the sample cross section area
A = the cross section of the standpipe of diameter (d) = 0.95cm2
L = the height of the pervious concrete sample
(t2- t1) = change in time for water to fall from one level to another (5secs.)
h1= upper water level
h2= Lower water level
D= diameter of sample (10.5 cm)
d= diameter of standpipe (1.1 cm)

Fig 3.6 Falling head permeability set up

Table 3.4 Permeability result for ¾” aggregate size and A/C Ratio of 6:1

Table 3.5 Permeability result for ¾” aggregate size and A/C Ratio of 8:1

Table 3.6 Permeability result for ¾” aggregate size and A/C Ratio of 10:1

Table 3.7 Permeability result for 3/8” aggregate size and A/C Ratio of 6:1

Table 3.8 Permeability result for 3/8” aggregate size and A/C Ratio of 8:1

Table 3.9 Permeability result for 3/8” aggregate size and A/C Ratio of 10:1

Fig 3.7 Variation of average values of K with A/C ratio for 3/8” and ¾”
aggregate sizes

3.2 Durability of pervious concrete
Concrete durability is one of the most important considerations in the design of new structures and when assessing the condition of existing structures. Concrete construction is becoming increasingly complex and the importance of producing structures that are both cost effective and durable has never been higher. The main purpose of durability is about minimising the rate of deterioration. Durability of Concrete is related to the design process, specification of materials, workmanship, environmental effects, accidents and repairs. The Durability of Concrete is the resistance of concrete to weathering action, chemical attack, abrasion and other degradation processes. Cylinders of size 100 mm diameter and 200 mm height are made for an experimental investigation of Durability of Pervious Concrete. Pervious Concrete has been casted with different concrete mix proportion such as 1:6, 1:8 and 1:10 with 18.75 mm and 9.375 mm gravel size with OPC 53 Grade Cement.

Table 3.10 Physical properties of OPC 53 grade

3.2.1 DURABILITY (Sodium Chloride Solution) TEST: [IS 445:2000]
For the durability test the oven dried specimens having known volume will be weighted on the digital weighing machine and calculated to the mass of specimen per unit volume. To investigate the effect of sodium chloride solution the specimens will be tested for percentage change in weight after 28 days immersion in sodium chloride solution. Percentage change in weight determination will be carried out in the same manner as of in the water absorption test. The schedule for casting and testing are as shown in fig 3.8.

Fig 3.8 Cylinders immersed in sodium chloride (NaCl) solution

Table 3.11 Durability test results for cylinder (100mmⱷ &200mm height)

Fig 3.9 Durability of mix A1, A2, A3 after 28 days for 18.75 mm

Fig 3.10 Durability of mix B1, B2, B3 after 28 days for 9.375mm

Ø Pervious concrete made from coarse aggregate size 9.375mm had compressive strength value of 39% compared to that of 18.75mm which is 29% of the maximum value of strength stipulated by ACI 552-R10 (i.e. 28N/mm2) for aggregate cement ratio A/C 6:1. It is clearly seen from the experimental result that Pervious Concrete has very low Compressive Strength as well as Flexural Strength, so it cannot be used for “structural application” but it should be significantly used for so many other applications such as, sidewalks, parking lots, sports surfaces, swimming pool decks, driveways.

Ø As shown in Fig 3.7, and Tables 3.4 – 3.9, the aggregate/cement ratio of 10:1 produced pervious concrete of higher co-efficient of permeability of 3.12x10-3cm/sec and 3.89x10-3cm/sec for aggregate size 9.375mm and 18.75mm respectively.

Ø 18.75 mm size gravel with 1:6 proportion made with OPC is more durable (0.34%) compared to other and similarly 9.375 mm size gravel with 1:6 mix proportion made with OPC is more durable (0.36%) compared to other

Pervious concrete paving reduces the runoff from paved areas, which reduces the need for separate storm water retention ponds and and allows the use of smaller capacity storm sewers. This allows property owners to develp a large area of available property at a lower cost. Pervious concrete also naturally filters storm water and can reduce pollutant loads entering into streams, ponds and rivers. It captures the first flush of rainfall (the first 30 to minutes of rainfall which will lead to a runoff with most pollutants) and allows that to percolate into the ground so that soil chemistry and biology can treat the polluted water. Pervious concrete functions like a storm water retention basin and allows the storm water to infiltrate the soil over a large area, thus faciliating recharge of pervious ground water supplies locally. All of these benefits lead to more effective land use. Pervious concrete can also reduce the impact of development on trees. A pervious concrete pavement allows the transfer of both water and air to root systems allowing trees to flourish even in highly developed areas.
Common applications for pervious concrete are parking lots, sidewalks, pathways, tennis courts, patios, slope stabilisation, swimming pool decks, green house floors, zoo areas, shoulders, drains, noise barriers, friction course for highway pavements, permeable based under a normal concrete pavement, and low volume roads. Pervious concrete is generally not used solely for concrete pavements for high traffic and heavy wheel loads.

Fig 4.11 Pervious Concrete Application- Naturepaths

Figure 4.12: Pervious Concrete Application-Driveways

Fig 4.13 Pervious Concrete Application- Sidewalks

An experienced installer is vital to the success of pervious concrete pavements. The subgrade is the bed on which the pavements structure is constructed and can be either native materials or imported fill. As with any pavement, proper subgrade preparation is important. The subgrade should be properly compacted to provide a uniform and stable surface. It is important to examine carefully the soils present on each project for both structural and drainage capacities before specifying a compaction range since soils differ in the way compaction affects infiltration rate. The level of compaction is typically 90% of Standard Proctor Maximum Dry Density (SPMDD). In some cases, pavement will be placed on a sub base of clean gravel or crushed stone, which may be used as a storm water storage basin. If the compacted site soils or imported fill have sufficient percolation rates and the project is not in an area where freezing and thawing is a concern, then a sub base may not be required an the pervious concrete can be placed directly on the subgrade. The project engineer should make this determination based on local regulations, soil permeability, storm water volume, anticipated traffic loads, and pavement purpose. If a sub base is used engineering fabrics are used to separate fine grained soils from the stone layer. The sub grade and sub base should be moistened prior to concrete placement to prevent the pervious concrete from setting and drying too quickly. Also wheel ruts from construction traffic should be raked and re-compacted.
Pervious concrete is sensitive to changes in water content, so field adjustment of the fresh mixture is usually necessary. The correct quantity of water in the concrete is critical. Too much water will cause segregation, and too little water will lead to balling in the mixer unloading. Too low a water content can also hinder adequate curing of the concrete and lead to a premature raveling surface failure. A properly proportioned mixture gives the mixture a wet metallic appearance or sheen. Previous concrete has little excess water in the mixture. Any time the fresh material is allowed to sit exposed to the elements is time that it is losing water needed for curing. Drying of the cement paste can lead to a raveling failure of the pavement surface. All placement operations and equipment should be designed and selected with this in mind and scheduled for rapid placement and immediate curing of the pavement. A pervious concrete pavement may be placed with either fixed forms or slips or slipform paver. The most common approach to placing pervious concrete is in forms on grade that have a riser strip on the top of each form such that the strike off device is actually 3/8-1/2in.(9 to 12mm)above final pavement elevation. Strike off may be vibraratory or manual screeds. After striking off the concrete, the riser strips are removed and the concrete compacted by manually operated roller that bridges the forms. Rolling consolidates the fresh concrete to provide strong bond between the paste and aggregate and creates a smoother riding surface. Excessive pressure when rolling should be avoided as it may cause the voids to collapse. Rolling should be performed immediately after strike off. Since floating and trowelling tend to close up the top surface of the voids there not carried out.

Fig 5.14 Compaction of pervious concrete by rolling

Joining pervious concrete pavement follows the same rules as for concrete slabs on grade, with a few exceptions. With significantly less water in the fresh concrete, shrinkage of the hardened materials is reduced significantly, thus, joint spacings may be wider. The rules of jointing geometry, however, remain the same. Joints in pervious concrete are tooled with a rolling jointing tool. This allows joints to be cut in a short time, and allows curing to continue uninterrupted. Saw cutting joints also is possible, but is not preferred because slurry from sawing operations may block some of the voids, and excessive raveling of the joints often results. Removing covers to allow sawing also slows curing, and it is recommended that the surfaces be re-wet before the covering is replaced. Some pervious concrete pavements are not joined, as random cracking is not viewed as a significant deficit in the aesthetic of the pavement (considering the texture), and has no significant affect on the structural integrity of the pavement.
Proper curing is essential to the structural integrity of a pervious concrete pavement. The open structure and relatively rough surface of pervious concrete exposes more surface area of cement paste to evaporation, making curing even more essential than in conventional concreting. Curing ensures sufficient hydration of the cement paste to provide the necessary strength in the pavement section to prevent raveling. Curing should begin within 20 minutes after final consolidation and continue through 7 days. Plastic sheeting is typically used to cure pervious concrete pavements.

Fig 5.15 Pervious Pavement

Two common preventable problems with pervious concrete are surface raveling and clogging.
Surface raveling is removal of loose aggregate material from the pervious concrete surface and is caused by inadequate w/c, inadequate compaction, or improper curing procedures. Good curing practices, appropriate w/c (not too low), and adequate compaction is important to reduce raveling. Where as severe raveling is unacceptable some loose stones on a finished pavement is always expected. Once the top layer of loose stones is removed ravelling usually stops. Use of snow ploughs could increase raveling. A plastic or rubber shield at the base of the plow blade may help to prevent damage to the pavement.
Clogging is the deposition of fines and vegetative matter on the pervious concrete surface or in its voids thus reducing its infiltration rates. Vegetation matter such as leaves can be deposited and may have to be removed peiodically. Further can be water- bone, wind- borne, or tracked onto the pervious concrete pavement by traffic. In preparing the site prior to construction drainage of surrounding landscaping should be designed to pavement flow of materials onto pavement surfaces.
Due to the very high levels of initial infiltration rate, most pervious concrete pavements can work well with some amount of clogging .A recent investigation of several field sites in Southern USA (Wanielista et al.2007) indicated that pervious concrete pavements that were installed 10 to 15 years ago, with no maintenance requirements, are operating in a satisfactory manner with insignificant amounts of clogging. The two commonly accepted maintenance methods are pressure washing and power vaccumming. Pressure washing forces the contaminants down through the pavement surface. This is effective, but care should be taken not to use too much pressure, as this will damage the pervious concrete. Power vacumming removes contaminants by extracting them from the pavement voids. The most effective scheme, however, is to combine the techniques and power vaccum after pressure washing.
For a pervious pavement system to perform well, it may need to be maintained at some regular interval. On a monthly basis, the paving area should be ensured to be clean of debris or sediments by broom sweeping. Power vacumming is suggested on an annual basis. For critical projects ASTM C1701 testing could be conducted to evaluate if there is significant clogging and if there is more advanced measures could be considered. If a pavement is in a harsh environment, such as a coastal area, or anywhere that would cause heavy accumulations of fines, it may be necessary to perform this preventative maintenance more frequently.


Ø It reduces the storm water runoff
Ø Eliminates the need for detention ponds and other costly storm water management practices
Ø Replenishes the aquifers and water table
Ø Allows more efficient land development
Ø Prevents water from entering into the stream and also prevents it from being polluted
Ø Less need for storm sewer
Ø Green building alternative suitable for many application
Ø Natural run-off allows rainwater to drain directly to sub-base
Ø Reduced pollution prevents environmental damage
Ø Keeps pavement surfaces dry even in wet situation, such as green houses
Ø Allows water and air to get to the roots of trees within a parking area
Ø Pervious concrete performs noise absorption
Ø Water purifying performance
Ø A parking lot properly constructed from pervious concrete has a life span ten times as long as an asphalt lot, thereby providing excellent long term benefits. It is true that the initial costs for pervious pavement may be slightly higher due to the preparation of the sub-base, but those who look long term will realize the economic benefits
Ø Useful for irrigation that is retain water to be used for irrigation
Ø Lower installation costs due to the elimination of costly curbs, gutters, storm drain outlets and retention basins that cost two to three times more to construct than pervious. Less money will be needed for labor, construction and
maintenance of ponds, pumps, drainage pipes and other storm water management systems.
Ø Allows for the use of existing storm sewer systems for new developments
Ø Lower life-cycle costs equal to that of conventional concrete that if properly constructed will last for 20 to 40 years. Pervious requires fewer repairs than asphalt, and can be recycled once it has reached its lifecycle.


Ø Runoff from adjacent areas onto pervious concrete needs to be prevented.
Ø The parking areas are generally limited to auto parking andoccasional trucks.
Ø If reinforcement is required, epoxy coated bars should beused.
Ø Concrete is variable in permeability; over vibration significantly reduces permeability.
Ø It is still a new material that requires acceptance from cities and states

Pervious concrete is a cost-effective and environmental friendly solution to support sustainable construction. Its ability to capture storm water and recharge ground waterwhile reducing storm water runoff enables pervious concrete play a significant role. Due to its potential to reduce the runoff, it is commonly used as pavement material. The smaller the size of coarse aggregate should be able to produce a higher compressive strength and at the same time produce a higher permeability rate. The mixtures with higher aggregate/cement ratio 8:1 and 10:1 are considered to be useful for a pavement that requires low compressive strength and high permeability rate. The ideal pervious concrete mix is expected to provide the maximum compressive strength, and the optimal infiltration rate.

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