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Water 2014, 6(3), 661-669; doi:10.3390/w6030661

Field Study of Infiltration Capacity Reduction of Porous Mixture Surfaces

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1 Sustainable Drainage Applied Research Group, Faculty of Business Environment and Society, Coventry University, Priory Street, Coventry CV1 5FB, UK 2 Construction Technology Research Group (GITECO), Department of Transports and Project and Process Technology, Civil Engineering School, Universidad de Cantabria, Santander 39005, Spain
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Received: 20 January 2014 / Revised: 14 March 2014 / Accepted: 18 March 2014 / Published: 24 March 2014
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Sustainable Drainage Systems)
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Porous surfaces have been used all over the world in source control techniques to minimize flooding problems in car parks. Several studies highlighted the reduction in the infiltration capacity of porous mixture surfaces after several years of use. Therefore, it is necessary to design and develop a new methodology to quantify this reduction and to identify the hypothetical differences in permeability between zones within the same car park bay due to the influence of static loads in the parked vehicles. With this aim, nine different zones were selected in order to check this hypothesis (four points under the wheels of a standard vehicle and five points between wheels). This article presents the infiltration capacity reduction results, using the LCS permeameter, of Polymer-Modified Porous Concrete (9 bays) and Porous Asphalt (9 bays) surfaces in the University of Cantabria Campus parking area (Spain) 5 years after their construction. Statistical analysis methodology was proposed for assessing the results. Significant differences were observed in permeability and reduction in infiltration capacity in the case of porous concrete surfaces, while no differences were found for porous asphalt depending on the measurement zone.
Keywords: porous concrete; porous asphalt; permeameter; stormwater management; SuDS; source control porous concrete; porous asphalt; permeameter; stormwater management; SuDS; source control
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Sañudo-Fontaneda, L.A.; Andrés-Valeri, V.C.; Rodriguez-Hernandez, J.; Castro-Fresno, D. Field Study of Infiltration Capacity Reduction of Porous Mixture Surfaces. Water 2014, 6, 661-669.

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