Minimizing Distress on Flexible Pavements Using Variable Tire Pressure

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Title: Minimizing Distress on Flexible Pavements Using Variable Tire Pressure
Authors: Owende, Philip
Hartman, Anton M.
Ward, Shane
et al.
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Date: Jun-2001
Abstract: The potential of variable tire pressure technology to minimize distress on flexible pavements with thin asphalt surfacing layers and peat soil subgrade was evaluated using in-situ stress-strain data. Pavement interfacial strains and corresponding subgrade stresses imposed by a three-axle truck were measured and used to estimate the fatigue life of the surfacing layer. Three levels of truck wheel loads in combination with four tire inflation pressures (350, 490, 630, and 770 kPa) were used to evaluate the potential distress by the single steering wheel and rear dual wheels in tandem. Results suggest that lateral strain due to the single steering wheel is the most critical to fatigue failure, which is influenced by the viscoelastic nature of asphalt, and therefore truck speed and axle configuration are important. Lower tire pressures increased the fatigue life of the surfacing layer with respect to the rear dual wheels and the steering wheel by up to 200 and 300%, respectively. Haulage trucks with systems for managing variable tire pressure such as the central tire inflation systems may therefore enhance the serviceability of pavements overlying peat or other soft soil foundations.
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: American Society of Civil Engineers
Copyright (published version): 2001 American Society of Civil Engineers
Keywords: RoadsAphaltSoft soil foundationsTire pressure
DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)0733-947X(2001)127:3(254)
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:Mechanical & Materials Engineering Research Collection

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