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NCHRP IDEA 20-30/IDEA 095 [Completed (IDEA)]

Concrete Road Recycler
[ NCHRP 20-30 (NCHRP-IDEA) ]

  Project Data
Staff Responsibility: Dr. Inam Jawed

This project upgraded and tested a gravity drop hammer of a prototype mechanical system developed in NCHRP-79 project for removing, fragmenting and recycling concrete pavement (Figure 1). A detailed engineering study was conducted to develop the final configuration of the power hammer. The hammer retaining guides were redesigned using high-density plastics to provide longer life than the presently used metal-to-metal system. The gravity drop control system was evaluated for multi-hammer operational sequencing. Following system analysis and refinement, the design of a pneumatic power hammer was finalized to operate in a 6-hammer sequence on a 12-foot wide lane. A prototype pneumatic hammer system was built for testing including controls that can perform in a group of 6 hammers. The gravity drop hammers were installed on a mobile rig and tested. The process successfully worked on concrete slabs of thickness up to 8 inches thick, producing a 40% recyclable aggregate mix for use in concrete. A commercial version of the stationary machine is now available. Further development and improvement of the system with private industry support will continue with a goal to produce the final mobile version of the road-recycling machine.
Final Report is not available.

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