TechBrief: Dowel Basket Anchoring Methods
Primary Topic: Pavement Construction
Description: Dowels are the most common form of load transfer in concrete pavements. They come in various sizes, shapes, and materials, but to perform optimally over the course of the pavement life, they need to be oriented appropriately and within tolerable location limits in the slab. Proper placement ensures optimal load transfer with minimal added stress to the pavement. For this reason, attention to dowel placement during paving is important, and ensuring that dowel placement accuracy is maintained through paving is a necessary quality control activity.
FHWA Publication Number: FHWA-HIF-16-021
Publication Year: 2016
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