As an intermediate step between laboratory testing and full-scale in-service test sections, the Saskatchewan Department of Highways and transportation constructed an indoor track for testing pavement design concepts and materials under controlled environment. The circular test track is 38 M along centre-line and 3.6 M width. Any combination of subgrade and pavement to a depth of 1.25 M can be constructed. The loading system is an electrically-driven twin I-Beam gantry capable of carrying full-size single or dual wheel assemblies. A force up to 55 kn can be applied to a pavement surface at speeds up to 10 m/s. A computer controlled array of sensors to monitor temperature, deflection, rut depth, stresses, and strains comprises the data acquisition system. Portions of the test track can be subjected either to wet-dry cycling with open or closed water systems or to two-directional freeze-thaw cycling. Design, construction and operational aspects of the test track are described. (TRRL)

  • Corporate Authors:

    Saskatchewan Department of Highways and Transportation, Canada

    Government Administration Building
    Regina, Saskatchewan S4S OB1,   Canada 
  • Authors:
    • CULLEY, R W
  • Publication Date: 1979-6

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; Photos;
  • Pagination: 52 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00309798
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transportation Association of Canada
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Technical Report 26 Monograph
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS, ATRI
  • Created Date: Aug 5 1980 12:00AM