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Why should a uniform and regular sub-base surface be provided in concrete pavement?

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The surfaces of sub-base material for concrete carriageway should be constructed in a regular manner because of the following reasons:

(i) One of the main functions of sub-base in concrete pavement is to provide a smooth and even interface between concrete slab and subgrade so that a uniform support is established. A regular surface of
sub-base assists in reducing the frictional and interlocking forces between concrete slab and sub-base and allowing easier temperature and shrinkage movement.

(ii) A uniform sub-base surface is essential in the construction of concrete slab of uniform thickness adopted in design. It saves the higher cost of concrete to make up the required level.

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This question is taken from book named – A Self Learning Manual – Mastering Different Fields of Civil Engineering Works (VC-Q-A-Method) by Vincent T. H. CHU.

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