This paper describes the South African heavy vehicle simulator (HVS) system and the main components of an HVS test. These include site selection and preparation, complementary laboratory tests and pavement analyses, control of the test and data processing. The equipment used as well as measurements taken during a test are listed, and technical data about the HVS are given. Aspects such as planning of HVS research programmes, disseminating research findings and relating HVS results to the actual performance of roads are discussed. The range of structures tested so far and some of the major findings and benefits are summarized. The benefits of HVS testing far outweigh the costs and through the testing programmes good cooperation between research and practice has been developed. (TRRL)

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • This paper was originally presented at the International Colloquium: Full Scale Pavement Tests, Institut fuer Strassen-, Eisenbahn-, und Felsbau an der Eidgenoessischen Technischen Hochschule Zuerich, 1982-05, pp 53-68.
  • Corporate Authors:

    National Institute for Transport & Rd Res S Af

    P.O. Box 395
    Pretoria 0001, Transvaal,   South Africa 
  • Authors:
    • Maree, J H
    • Freeme, C R
    • KLEYN, E G
  • Publication Date: 0

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; Photos; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 16 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00396237
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Report/Paper Numbers: RR 342
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Jan 31 1986 12:00AM