Civil Engineering Faculty Research

Title

Wavelet-based characterisation of asphalt pavement surface macro-texture

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

Fall 9-2014

Abstract

This paper utilised wavelet analysis to characterise the macro-texture properties of asphalt pavements. The study included Circular Texture Meter (CTMeter) measurements collected from several asphalt pavement sections in the state of Ohio. The asphalt pavements consisted of two mix designs (Superpave and Marshall), three aggregate types (dolomite, limestone, and gravel), and two binder grades (PG 70-22 and PG 64-22). The wavelet approach was used to determine the wavelength ranges and energy content that affect the macro-texture properties of asphalt pavements. In addition, the normalised energy (NE) parameter was utilised to characterise the overall pavement surface macro-texture. The CTMeter data allowed for obtaining six wavelet decomposition levels, namely d(1) through d(6), with wavelengths up to 56 mm. The analysis revealed that the macro-texture properties of smooth pavement sections are mainly affected by sub-band levels d(1) through d(4) (i.e. both fine and coarse aggregates), while the macro-texture properties of the rough pavement sections are mainly affected by sub-band levels d(3) and d(4) (i.e. coarse aggregates). Similar trends in macro-texture properties were observed between NE and the conventional Mean Profile Depth (MPD). However, the variations in the macro-texture properties were better captured using the NE than the MPD. Therefore, it was concluded that the wavelet approach is better suited to characterise the macro-texture properties of asphalt pavements.

Publication Title

ROAD MATERIALS AND PAVEMENT DESIGN

Volume

15

Issue

3

First Page

622

Last Page

641