Since preliminary theoretical calculations indicated that hemispherical beads may act as efficient retroreflectors on pavement markings even under wet conditions, a program of research was undertaken to carry out a systematic study on the effectiveness of the hemispherical beads both from theoretical and experimental points of view. The experimental studies included some actual field tests involving the regular automobile traffic flow conditions as well as a number of passes with snowplows. Studies with various size beads indicate as expected, that the smaller the size of the beads the greater the chance of survival under snow plowing conditions but with normal snowplow practices, with the blade grazing the pavement, no beads survive. These tests indicated that under normal traffic conditions, the chance of survival of the beads appears to be somewhat greater for the larger size beads. Circular Track Testing Facility of PSU indicate that with adequate curing at normal temperature, the survival of the beads under automobile traffic conditions is excellent.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Pennsylvania State University, University Park

    Materials Research Laboratory
    University Park, PA  United States  16802

    Federal Highway Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Authors:
    • Vedam, K
    • Shuler, L
  • Publication Date: 1975-4-24

Media Info

  • Pagination: 80 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00092353
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: FHWA-RD-75- 67 Final Rpt.
  • Contract Numbers: FH-11-8142
  • Files: NTIS, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Nov 5 1976 12:00AM