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UWM-CBU Concrete Materials Technology Series Program No. 53 

Workshop and Field Demonstration for Use of Permeable Concrete and Base Course
A Solution for Pavement Drainage Management
Sponsored By
UWM Center for By-Products Utilization, Milwaukee, WI
Illinois Clean Coal Institute, Carterville, IL
     Co-Sponsored By
                          City of Peoria, Department of Public Works; United Ready-Mix, Inc.;
  We Energies; and Williams Ethanol Services, Inc.  

Workshop Description


The purpose of the workshop is to present important technical information and review production and construction aspects for a new type of concrete and base course material for roads, highways, airfield pavements, parking lots, and other pavement.  Permeable base is a type of concrete that is an agglomeration of coarse aggregates coated with a paste consisting of cement, fly ash, and water.  A properly designed and constructed porous base eliminates pavement distress caused by pumping, faulting, and cracking.  Use of a permeable base is estimated to provide up to a 70% increase in the service life of concrete or asphalt pavements.  Such permeable concrete is roller-compacted.  It is cost competitive; has a long-life; and is durable. 


The workshop will present case histories of successful installations.  It will include a demonstration of permeable concrete base production and placement.  Handout materials will be provided.  The workshop will be of interest to those associated with pavement design, engineers, engineering technicians, engineers working in governmental agencies, industry and private practice, engineering faculty and students, as well as ready mixed concrete producers, aggregates suppliers, and contractors.  Knowledgeable professionals engaged in specifying, approving, marketing, and using Illinois-coal ash and permeable concrete base course will present state-of-the-art information.


8:00 a.m.              Registration
8:30                      Welcome and Introduction
                    Dr. Francois Botha, Project Manager, ICCI
8:45                       What is a permeable concrete and its use in base course, engineering properties and mixture proportions of permeable
                     concrete made with Illinois-coal ash (physical & chemical properties of Illinois-Coal ash, strength, shrinkage, permeability, etc.)
                    Tarun R. Naik
10:15                     Break
10:35                     Field applications of permeable base course materials containing high- or variable-carbon coal ash and FGD Materials.
                    Bruce W. Ramme
11:40                     Regulatory Perspective:  Use of Illinois-coal ash in permeable base course;
I-EPA and IDOT requirements.  Speaker:  TBA
12:10 p.m.             Lunch
1:15                        Adjourn to the construction demonstration location.
1:30                        Field Demonstration:  Permeable base course placement process; and Questions and Answers
Mike Salata, Public Works Planner, Department of Public Works, City of Peoria; and Tarun R. Naik
3:00 p.m.               Adjourn

      Tarun R. Naik, Ph. D., P. E.

               Director, UWM Center for By-Products Utilization, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 

Dr. Naik has over 35 years of experience in the use of cement, aggregates, admixtures, and by-products in concrete. His contribution in teaching and research has been well recognized nationally and internationally.  His research has resulted in over 250 technical reports and papers in ACI, ASCE, ASTM, etc. He is a member of ACI, ASCE, ASEE, ASTM, RILEM, NSPE, and WSPE.  He is also a member of technical committees of several of these organizations.  He has served as a president of WI-ACI, WSPE, and other organizations.


     Bruce W. Ramme, P. E.

                  Principal Engineer, Combustion Products Utilization, We Energies, Milwaukee, WI

Mr. Ramme has worked for about 20 years with We Energies and is currently working towards the goal of 100% utilization of We Energies coal combustion products.  He is a member of ACI, ASCE, and other professional organizations.  He was chairman of ACI Committee 229 on CLSM; and ACI 213B on By-Product Lightweight Aggregate, and a member of other technical committees of ACI.  He is also a past-president of the Wisconsin Chapter of ACI and the Southeast Branch of the Wisconsin Section of ASCE.  


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