Pavement Research at the Washington State University Test Track. Volume 5, Evaluation and Analysis of Results from Experimental Rings No. 1-4

The purpose of this study was threefold: (1) Develop empirical equivalencies from all four rings, (2) develop a design method for overlays based on field deflections; and (3) evaluate the validity of data obtained from instrumentation in terms of n-layer elastic theory and then develop theoretical equivalencies.

This was done. Field equivalencies were developed and they indicate the superiority of the treated base materials over the untreated. A design method was developed which could be used for predicting when an overlay was needed and what thickness was needed to withstand certain equivalent wheel loads and deflections.

Using computer programs for N-layer elastic theory developed by Chevron Research Company, deflection stresses and strains were computed and compared with field data. Assumptions about the material behavior and condition were made based on laboratory data obtained from The Asphalt Institute and field knowledge, and were used to help predict the behavior of pavements. The results were encouraging and indicate that field measurements generally were comparable with elastic layer theory predictions. This will help to develop and modify existing design limits for stresses, strains and deflection for future work.

Equivalencies based on theoretical deflections, stresses and strains indicate the difficulty of assigning precise values. These values also indicate the superiority of treated materials over the untreated materials.

Publication Date: 
Tuesday, July 6, 1971
Publication Number: 
WA-RD 15.5
Last modified: 
10/12/2016 - 15:41
Milan Krukar, John C. Cook.
Washington State University. Highway Research Section.
Number of Pages: 
Base course (Pavements), Circular test tracks, Deflection, Elastic analysis, Materials tests, Overlays (Pavements), Pavement design, Structural analysis, Thickness, Wheel loads.