Dowel bars – reinforcing elements of cement concrete pavements


  • Stanislav Bedřich Czech Technical University in Prague, Faculty of Civil Engineering, Department of Road Construction, Thákurova 7, 166 29 Prague, Czech Republic
  • Jiří Grošek Transport Research Center, Líšeňská 2657/33a, 636 00 Brno, Czech Republic



dowel bar, concrete pavement, reinforcing, material, shape, position


Our aim is to analyze the function of reinforcement elements (dowel bars) in cement concrete pavement to highlight the influence of these elements on the service life of the pavement as a whole and to find possible alternatives to existing products that are freely available on the Czech market. That is, how these elements in the form of dowel bars should work properly so that the function meets the design assumptions of a rigid pavement. We describe the procedure for inserting dowel bars during paving, which is directly related to the possibilities of using different dowel bars. Finally, we summarize the possibilities of using alternative materials, shapes, or sizes of dowel bars and the possibilities of their use in the Czech Republic.


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