Quantifying the Effects of Implements of Husbandry on Pavements

The size, geometry, weight, and other features of farm equipment, known as implements of husbandry (IoH), have increased and changed significantly to meet the needs of the modern agricultural industry. While intended primarily for use on the farm or in the field, frequently IoH travel on roads and bridges. Highway pavements are generally designed for traffic loadings and configurations defined by 13 vehicle classes using FHWA classifications. However, the configurations, weight and size, and other features of IoH differ substantially from the FHWA 13 vehicle classes and, therefore, may result in different forms of pavement distress and damage than those caused by truck traffic. Although a great deal of research has been performed on the effects of truck traffic on pavement performance, limited research has dealt with the procedures of quantifying the influence of IoH on pavement performance and there are no nationally accepted procedures to estimate these effects. There is a need to identify the procedures currently available for quantifying the effects of IoH on pavement performance and develop procedures that can be used for the different IoH configurations, pavement types, and applications. Also, there is a need to develop a tool to facilitate the implementation of these procedures. These procedures and accompanying tool should help highway agencies in making decisions regarding the movement of IoH on highway pavements. The objectives of this research are to (1) propose procedures for quantifying the effects of implements of husbandry (IoH) on pavement performance and (2) develop a tool to facilitate implementation of these procedures.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $399997
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 01-58

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO)

    444 North Capitol Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20001

    National Cooperative Highway Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20001

    Federal Highway Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Project Managers:

    Hanna, Amir

  • Performing Organizations:

    University of Pittsburgh

    Benedum Engineering Hall
    Pittsburgh, PA  United States  15261
  • Principal Investigators:

    Kazanovich, Lev

  • Start Date: 20170901
  • Expected Completion Date: 20220531
  • Actual Completion Date: 20220531
  • Source Data: RiP Project 41287

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01618752
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 01-58
  • Files: TRB, RIP
  • Created Date: Dec 11 2016 8:38AM