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Title:Laboratory Evaluation of Rutting in Asphalt Pavements
Authors:Khaled Ksaibati, Tyler Miller, and Michael J. Farrar
University:University of Wyoming
Publication Date:Sep 1996
Report #:MPC-96-38B
Project #:MPC-047
TRID #:00728813
Keywords:additives, asphalt concrete, asphalt pavements, forecasting, laboratory tests, paving, rutting, stone matrix asphalt


The feasibility of using the Georgia Loaded-Wheel Tester (GLWT) to predict rutting in the laboratory was investigated in this research. This research was performed in two phases. The first phase consisted of modifying the GLWT to handle 15.2 cm (6 in) cores, developing a laboratory compaction procedure for cores, determining the optimum laboratory testing conditions, and investigating the repeatability of the GLWT. The second phase of this research project included correlating rut depth values obtained with the GLWT to actual field rut depth values, utilizing the GLWT to evaluate the effects of the asphalt additive SOMAT on asphalt concrete mixes, and evaluating the rut resistance of Stone Matrix Asphalt (SMA). Results from this study show that the GLWT is capable of predicting rutting in asphalt pavements prior to construction. In addition, results from the GLWT correlate well with results from more expensive European Testers.

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