This study was made to determine whether skid resistant open graded asphaltic friction courses produce greater tire noise than other more commonly used highway surfaces. The noise level of open graded asphaltic friction surfaces was compared to noise levels of three other roadway surfaces: asphalt coated dense graded, portland cement concrete, and chip seals. Three types of tires were tested on each of these surfaces: mud and snow, standard rib, and radial rib recaps. Field testing was performed on highway surfaces in Arizona, California, and Nevada. Field test results indicate that the open graded asphaltic friction courses generally produces slightly lower noise levels than asphalt coated dense graded surfaces, portland cement concrete, or chip seals. Radial rib recaps were found to be slightly more quiet than standard rib tires, both were noticeably quieter than mud and snow tires.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Federal Highway Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Authors:
    • Kay, R A
    • Stephens, J K
  • Publication Date: 1975-3

Media Info

  • Pagination: 39 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00092441
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: IP-74-11 Final Rpt.
  • Files: NTIS, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Nov 5 1976 12:00AM