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In my experience, 8-to-9 inches will be right for the tanker truck "driveway." 
The best sources are ACI 360 or PCA Concrete Floors on Ground - very basic, clear-cut analysis.
Steve Gordin SE
Irvine CA
----- Original Message -----
From: Rich Lewis
Sent: Thursday, January 12, 2006 2:31 PM
Subject: Simplified Concrete Paving 101

I have resisted as much as possible doing any paving design.  I don?t like civil site work.  I stick with structures only.  I have come into a circumstance where I must specify some paving and I don?t have any good references.  Are there good references that describe concrete paving in simple terms?  I don?t have to do an active road design, more like parking lot type traffic, real slow.  I have heavy tank trucks using the road, not constantly, maybe several times a day.  The section of the road I have to design is 28 feet wide and about 150 feet long.  I?m thinking the subgrade is probably going to be existing site soils, no significant prep, base course, etc.  I may have crush stone base under it since the real road beyond my limits is a gravel road.


I have an old civil engineers handbook.  It has a 1 page section on concrete paving.  It doesn?t really discuss design much at all.  Are there any references that illustrate concrete paving design by a few cookie cutter equations?  Any good websites with references?


I downloaded the NAVFAC PCASE program.  It is a bit overkill for me.  Toying with the program I came up with a 6.5? slab.  I?m not sure if I used it right.  I?m thinking an 8 inch slab with nominal reinforcing, say #4 @ 16? o.c. top bars with one joint splitting the 28 ft. width and probably 7-8 joints on the length.  Does that sound reasonable for tank truck traffic from someone with paving experience?  My gut says it?s fine, but I don?t like putting a design on my drawings that I can?t justify with calculations of some kind.


Thanks for any help.