Investigate Feasibility of GPR to Measure In-Place Density of New Asphalt Pavement

Density of asphalt mixtures is one of the most important properties to monitor during construction of Hot Mix Asphalt (HMA) pavements. Many highway agencies routinely specify and measure in-situ asphalt mixture density or air void and use it as a basis for acceptance. Traditionally, density of a newly constructed asphalt concrete layer has been measured in the laboratory using randomly selected core samples extracted from finished pavement. This study investigates the applicability of Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) for assessment of in-place density of HMA mixtures. GPR measurements were made at two ongoing construction projects in Ohio. Core samples were simultaneously collected and tested in the lab. An analytical model called the ‘ALL model’ proposed by the University of Illinois researchers was used to derive density values from GPR measurements. The analysis of data indicated that results from core samples and GPR measurements are statistically comparable. Based on the results obtained, it can be concluded that GPR has the potential to map the density of in-place asphalt mixtures in comparison with core densities.


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  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Edition: Final Report
  • Features: Figures; Maps; Photos; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 57p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01685233
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: FHWA/OH-2017-28
  • Contract Numbers: SJN 135158
  • Created Date: Oct 30 2018 9:35AM