Accession Number:

ADA492997

Title:

Evaluation of Minimum Asphalt Concrete Thickness Criteria

Descriptive Note:

Final rept.

Corporate Author:

ENGINEER RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT CENTER VICKSBURG MS GEOTECHNICAL AND STRUCTURES LAB

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2008-10-01

Pagination or Media Count:

112.0

Abstract:

Personnel of the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center ERDC were tasked by Headquarters, Air Combat Command, to evaluate the Department of Defenses DoD minimum asphalt concrete thickness criteria outlined in United Facilities Criteria 3-260-02. Recent improvements to the DoDs flexible pavement design procedure and a renewed emphasis on the design and construction of contingency pavements had prompted concerns regarding the design and evaluation of thin asphalt concrete pavements. An evaluation of the DoDs minimum asphalt concrete thickness criteria was conducted during February 2007 to April 2008 under the ERDCs Hangar 4 test facility. The project consisted of constructing a full-scale test asection with six varying test items that represented three airfield types encountered in both peacetime and contingency scenarios. Four of the items met the DoDs minimum asphalt concrete thickness criteria, and two items did not meet the criteria. Each item was instrumented and trafficked with either a C-17 wheel or an F-15E wheel using a Heavy Vehicle Simulator. Traffic tests results concluded that the DoDs current minimum asphalt concrete thickness criteria are acceptable. Further results from the evaluation are presented and include material characterization tests and data, rut depth measurements, centerline and cross section profiles, falling weight deflectometer data, instrumentation response data, and forensic investigation assessments.

Subject Categories:

  • Ceramics, Refractories and Glass
  • Construction Equipment, Materials and Supplies
  • Surface Transportation and Equipment

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE