Mechanistic Investigation of Granular Base and Subbase Materials - A Saskatchewan Case Study

Saskatchewan Department of Highways and Transportation (DHT) commonly specify three types of subbase course and three types of base course materials for conventional road building. These specifications are primarily based on grain size and were developed years ago at a time of lower variation in pit run quality. Today, DHT are experiencing reduced pit run availability and increased variability in pit run quality, especially with respect to fines content. This is resulting in higher pit wastage and with the increased opportunity for undesirable material, there is a higher risk for varied performance in the field. At the same time, traffic loadings have exceeded the original safety margin incorporated into the empirical based granular specifications used today. This study investigated a mechanistic characterization protocol of typical DHT specified granular materials to quantify any significant difference that exist may in the mechanistic behaviour as a function of fines content, moisture content and cement modification. For the covering abstract of this conference see ITRD number E211395.

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  • Authors:
    • Berthelot, Curtis F
    • Widger, Allan
    • GEHLEN, T
  • Publication Date: 2004


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  • Accession Number: 01011471
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transportation Association of Canada (TAC)
  • ISBN: 1-55187-156-4
  • Files: ITRD, ATRI
  • Created Date: Dec 19 2005 3:12PM