Full-depth reclamation (FDR) is a roadway recycling process, formerly known as pulverizing, in which all of the pavement and some of the underlying material is pulverized and treated with an additive to produce an improved, stabilized base.
FDR saves money while preserving natural resources by using existing materials and conserving aggregates. The road performance is improved through better stabilization, building a stronger, low-maintenance road that will last for many years.
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Benefits of full-depth reclamation
Team Elmer's will first evaluate existing conditions to determine the mix design specific to your project.
After the evaluation, the pulverizing machine will crush and blend the existing pavement and some of the underlying material. This eliminates deep cracks that can ultimately lead to reflective cracking.
Compaction and Initial Grading
Following pulverization, the material will be compacted with a pad foot roller. Initial shaping utilizes our computer-controlled grading equipment. Team Elmer’s can add or remove material to obtain the desired cross-section and surface profile.
Bituminous, chemical or mechanical materials are incorporated if the mix design requires additional stabilization-as determined in our initial evaluation.
Final Blending and Grading
After stabilization, the materials are kneaded with the pad foot roller and graded to the final profile. The base is then sealed with a smooth drum roller. The surface can be paved or chip sealed within five days.
Laboratory testing and monitoring will be performed throughout the entire process. This allows for field adjustments to the project mix design as conditions change.
Mill concrete, asphalt, or cut gravel to grade with our milling and widener equipment. Where full-depth reclamation (pulverization) turns asphalt into a gravel-like material, milling actually removes a layer of material-depths ranging from 1/10th of an inch up to 10 inches-leaving the remaining depths intact.
Automation is possible to create proper drainage and control grade for the correct slope.