Accelerated pavement testing is one key for innovations in the field of road pavement structures and materials due to its power of assessing mechanical performance in close to reality situations. This paper discusses two types of mobile load simulators for applying unidirectional wheel loads at comparatively high frequencies, the MMLS3, a one third scale device, and the MLS10, a full-scale device. Through examples it is demonstrated that these devices are suitable for testing complex systems, such as mechanical resistance of light reflectors on pavements, traffic resistance of bituminous plug expansion joints for bridges, performance of grid reinforced pavements as well as water resistance of porous asphalt against traffic induced pumping effects. Moreover, an example of MLS10 ultimate bearing capacity tests on a real test section is shown focusing on the discussion of strain gauge, acceleration, rut depth and falling weight deflectometer (FWD) measurement results.
Partl, Manfred N.; Raab, Christiane; and Arraigada, Martin
"INNOVATIVE ASPHALT RESEARCH USING ACCELERATED PAVEMENT TESTING,"
Journal of Marine Science and Technology: Vol. 23
, Article 1.
Available at: https://jmstt.ntou.edu.tw/journal/vol23/iss3/1