Theses and Dissertations

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Civil Engineering

First Advisor

Dr. Mohamed Abdel-Raheem

Second Advisor

Dr. Philip Park

Third Advisor

Dr. Thanh Pham


Snow and ice damage to the pavement in the United States, particularly in colder regions, costs the US economy millions of dollars each year. Conventional methods for keeping snow off roads after heavy snowfall are judged prohibitively expensive. As a result, an alternative solution is required to reduce costs while also improving pavement resiliency. An electrically heated pavement system (EHPS) has been regarded as a viable alternative to older approaches in recent years. The majority of earlier research concentrated on improving the conductivity characteristics of paving materials. On the other hand, this study takes a different approach by focusing on the construction method rather than changing the properties of materials. This study focuses on the construction method, followed by using two ELECTRICALLY CONDUCTIVE COMPOSITE materials, such as WPU-GP and EP-GP, and coated on the PCC substrate using the parallel stripe method. The results show that the construction approach utilizing WPU-GP produced 22.5%, and EP-GP produced 17.5% GP validated the concept of sustainable EHPS construction. Furthermore, increasing the coating thickness improves the heating effect of the pavement surface, and resistive heating performance improves steadily with higher voltage application, although lower coating spacing demonstrated better surface heating performance.


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