Evaluation of Ride Specification Based on Dynamic Load Measurements from Instrumented Truck

The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) is implementing a ride specification that uses profile data collected with inertial profilers for acceptance testing of the finished surface. This specification is based primarily on ride quality criteria. The objective of the present project is to establish whether the current specification permits frequency components of surface profile to pass that are potentially detrimental to pavement life based on the induced dynamic loading. To carry out this objective, researchers in this project conducted measurements of surface profiles and vehicle dynamic loads on recently completed TxDOT paving projects. For these tests, researchers instrumented a truck with sensors for measurement of dynamic loads and put together an inertial profiling system for measurement of surface profiles. This research report documents the instrumentation and test programs carried out by researchers as well as the analyses of the test data and the findings thereof.

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  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Project Title: Characterizing the Effects of Surface Roughness on Vehicle Dynamic Loads and Pavement Life. Report Date: March 2007; Published: May 2007.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Texas Transportation Institute

    Texas A&M University System, 3135 TAMU
    College Station, TX  United States  77843-3135

    Texas Department of Transportation

    Research and Technology Implementation Office, P.O. Box 5080
    Austin, TX  United States  78763-5080

    Federal Highway Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Authors:
    • Fernando, Emmanuel G
    • Harrison, Gerry
    • Hilbrich, Stacy L
  • Publication Date: 2007-5


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Edition: Technical Report
  • Features: Appendices; Figures; Photos; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 210p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01049423
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: FHWA/TX-07/0-4863-2, Report 0-4863-2
  • Contract Numbers: Project 0-4863
  • Created Date: May 16 2007 3:13PM