DEVELOPMENT OF A HIGH-SPEED ROLLING WHEEL DEFLECTOMETER

Douglas Steele, Jim Hall, Richard Stubstad, Andres Peekna, Robert Walker

Abstract


Applied Research Associates, Inc. (ARA) is developing a high-speed Rolling Wheel Deflectometer(RWD) under SBIR/FHWA-sponsored research. The current RWD consists of a dual-wheel, single-axle semitrailerequipped with four spot laser mounted on an aluminum beam beneath the trailer. Three láser are usedto measure the unloaded pavement surface, and the fourth laser, placed near the center of the dual tires,measures within the deflection basin under an 18-kip single axle load. The RWD has been assembled, andpreliminary field runs have been made on thin and thick AC pavement sections. The RWD results have beencompared to Falling Weight Deflectometer (FWD) and accelerometer-determined deflections on the samepavement sections and have produced encouraging results, although with some limitations. Several neededimprovement were identified. Future plans for the RWD include system upgrade, further field testing over awider variety of pavement types and conditions, demonstrations, including comparisons to instrumented testpavements, and eventually the manufacture of a production-level device.

Keywords


Rolling wheel deflectometer; falling weight deflectometer; pavement management; deflections; spot laser; pavement evaluation.

Refbacks

  • There are currently no refbacks.


Copyright (c)