Use of reflective surfaces on roadway embankment

Anders Stuhr Jørgensen, Guy Doré

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Temperature measurements have been used to study the effect of two reflective surfaces on a roadway embankment in Forêt Montmorency, Québec, Canada. Both tested materials, Mapelastic (from MAPEI) and Colored Slurry (from Tech-Mix), have lead to a reduction in n-factor and proved to have very good adherence characteristics for roadway use. In Kangerlussuaq Airport, western Greenland, ground-penetrating radar (GPR) has been used to compare the variation of the frost table underneath a normal black asphalt surface and a more reflective surface (white paint). The GPR results have shown a clear correlation between the use of a reflective surface and a reduced depth to the frost table. Thus the change in active layer thickness due to the increased reflectivity of the surface amounts to a reduced thaw depth of 23-24% in late summer.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceeding of the 8th International Symposium on Cold Region Development
Number of pages279
Publication date2007
ISBN (Print)978-951-758-482-1
Publication statusPublished - 2007
EventInternational Symposium on Cold Region Development - Tampere, Finland
Duration: 1 Jan 2007 → …
Conference number: 8


ConferenceInternational Symposium on Cold Region Development
CityTampere, Finland
Period01/01/2007 → …

Bibliographical note

Full paper is published on the conference CD-ROM


  • Reflective surface
  • Active layer
  • n-factor
  • GPR
  • Roadway embankment
  • Cold Regions


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