In Situ Determination of Layer Thickness and Elastic Moduli of Asphalt Pavement Systems by Spectral Analysis of Surface Waves (SASW) Method

Spectral Analysis of Surface Waves (SASW) is a non-destructive method for determining the stiffness profile of pavement sites. The method consists of generation, measurement, and processing of dispersive elastic waves in layered systems. The test is performed on the pavement surface at low strain level, where the elastic properties are considered independent of strain amplitude. During an SASW test, an impact source was used to generate energy at various frequencies. Two vertical acceleration transducers are set up to detect the energy transmitted through the testing media. By recording signals in digitised form using a data acquisition system and processing them, surface wave velocities can be determined by constructing a dispersion curve. Through forward modeling, the shear wave velocities can be obtained, which can be related to the variation of stiffness with depth. This paper presents the results of two case studies for near-surface profiling of two different asphalt pavement sites.


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  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: pp 70-76
  • Monograph Title: Recent Advancement in Soil Behavior, In Situ Test Methods, Pile Foundations and Tunneling: Selected Papers From the 2009 GeoHunan International Conference

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  • Accession Number: 01140992
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 9780784410448
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 16 2009 4:00PM