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Water impact on the structural behaviour of a pavement structure
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Transport Science, Highway and Railway Engineering.
2009 (English)In: BEARING CAPACITY OF ROADS, RAILWAYS AND AIRFIELDS, VOLS 1 AND 2, 2009Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

An accelerated load test using a Heavy Vehicle Simulator (HVS) has been performed at VTI's test facility. The objective was to investigate the response behavior and performance of a commonly used flexible pavement structure in Sweden. The instrumented structure consists of 10 cm bounded layers, granular base and subbase resting on sandy subgrade. The test was divided into three phases: a pre-loading phase, a response phase and the main accelerated loading test where 1,000,000 load cycles were applied. After applying the first 500,000 load cycles the water table was raised and further 500,000 loading cycles were applied. Raising the groundwater table increased the rate of rutting developed in all unbound layers. From the sensor registrations it is clearly seen that the stiffness of all unbound layers decreased as the water table was raised, thus the pressure cells revealed lower registrations but the vertical strain gauges increased their readings. Further, it was observed that the rate of rutting accelerated. This has been interpreted as the impact of higher water content on the characteristics of the unbound layers, the subgrade, subbase and base course.

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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-88810ISI: 000280416400115OAI: diva2:502443
8th International Conference on the Bearing Capacity of Roads, Railways and Airfields, Champaign, IL, JUN 29-JUL 02, 2009
TSC import 1855 2012-02-14. QC 20120217Available from: 2012-02-14 Created: 2012-02-14 Last updated: 2012-02-17Bibliographically approved

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