Laboratory Test Method for Estimating the Contribution of Geosynthetics to Pavement Performance

Geosynthetics are available in a wide range of forms and materials and are used in many applications. Geosynthetics are often used by highway agencies in conjunction with unbound base layers as a means for enhancing the performance of pavements. Test methods are currently available to estimate the performance enhancement resulting from the use of geosynthetics in the pavement structure (e.g., ASTM D8462, Cyclic Plate Load Tests to Evaluate the Structural Performance of Roadway Test Sections with Geosynthetics). However, there is concern about the validation of the test methods and reliability of the resulting estimates. Research is needed to evaluate the merits of the tests currently used for estimating the benefits of geosynthetics and, if necessary, enhance these test methods or develop new methods that can reliably estimate the contribution of geosynthetics to pavement performance. Such test methods will help highway agencies and others in making decisions regarding use of geosynthetics in pavement structure. The objective of this research is to develop a practical, validated laboratory test method for estimating the contribution of geosynthetics to pavement performance. The research shall be limited to asphalt pavements and use of geogrids and geotextiles in unbound base and subgrade.


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  • Status: Proposed
  • Funding: $750000
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 10-131

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    National Cooperative Highway Research Program

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

    American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO)

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

    Federal Highway Administration

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

    Hanna, Amir

  • Start Date: 20240507
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 0

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01912148
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 10-131
  • Files: TRB, RIP
  • Created Date: Mar 18 2024 7:23PM