(2004) Paul D. Tennis, Michael L. Leming, and David J. Akers, Portland Cement Association, EB302, 36 pages
Pervious concrete as a paving material has seen renewed interest due to its ability to allow water to flow through itself to recharge groundwater and minimize storm water runoff. This introduction to pervious concrete pavements reviews its applications and engineering properties, including environmental benefits, structural properties, and durability. Both hydraulic and structural design of pervious concrete pavements are discussed, as well as construction techniques.
Pervious Concrete Mixtures and Properties (2004) Portland Cement Association, CT043, 8 pages
Pervious concrete is ideally suited as a solution to stormwater management issues with added environmental benefits. The large void content designed into this specialty concrete allows water to pass through rapidly, minimizing runoff and recharging groundwater supplies. Also known as permeable concrete, porous concrete, gap-graded concrete, no-fines concrete, and enhanced porosity concrete, pervious concrete can be used in a wide range of applications, although its primary use is in pavements.
Pervious Concrete Pavement: A Win-Win System (2003) Dan Brown, P.E., Portland Cement Association, CT032, 9 pages
Use of Pervious Concrete Pavements Helps Owners and the Environment,
(2004) National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, 2 pages.
Concrete In Practice-Pervious Concrete is a one-page information sheet on important technical topics, written in a non-technical "What, Why and How?" format.
(2004) National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, 17 pages
There have been several pervious concrete pavement projects in dry and wet freeze areas demonstrating good field performance over several years. Recommendations for successful performance of pervious concrete pavements under the various freeze-thaw conditions have been provided. There is limited experience of performance of pervious concrete pavements in hard wet freeze areas. Therefore, in such areas utmost care must be taken. Pervious pavements should be placed by an experienced installer and the pavement structure and surrounding details should be designed to accommodate the anticipated water flow and drainage requirements.
(2006) David R. Smith, Kelly A. Collins and William F. Hunt, III, Interlocking Concrete Pavement Magazine, November 2006
The Biological and Agricultural Engineering Department at North Carolina State University is taking a second look at permeable pavements at a test site in Kinston, NC. The project evaluates runoff from four types of permeable pavement and asphalt. Preliminary results show substantial runoff volume and peak flow reductions, the verdict is expected to confirm the effectiveness of permeable pavements in water quality improvement.
, National Ready Mixed Concrete Association,4 pages
This brochure provides an overview of the features and benefits of site cast pervious pavement, as well as an FAQ and additional resources for information.
John T. Kevern, University of Missouri-Kansas City, Kansas City, Missouri, Liv Haselbach, Washington State University, Pullman, Washington, Vernon R. Schaefer, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa, 9 pages
This study focuses on a site in Iowa where both a pervious concrete and a traditional concrete paving system have been installed and temperatures recorded within the systems for extended time periods. Results suggest that pervious concrete pavement systems store less energy than traditional systems and can help mitigate the urban heat island.