Performance-Based Mix Design of Porous Friction Courses

The objective of this research is to develop a performance-based mix design method for porous friction course (PFC) mixtures. For purposes of this research, a PFC is defined as having a typical layer thickness of 0.75 to 1.25 inches and a design air void content above 15%. The mix design method shall be based on the use of the Superpave gyratory compactor and shall include (a) selection of materials, i.e., binder, aggregate, additives, etc.; (b) consideration of climate and traffic; and (c) laboratory performance tests and criteria for properties related to rutting, raveling, cracking, moisture susceptibility, permeability, noise reduction, and friction, to achieve a balance in the mix design between PFC durability and functionality.


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  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $300000
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 01-55

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Highway Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590

    American Association of State Highway & Transportation Officials (AASHTO)

    444 North Capitol Street, NW, Suite 225
    Washington, DC  United States  20001

    National Cooperative Highway Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20001
  • Project Managers:

    Harrigan, Edward

  • Performing Organizations:

    Auburn University

    National Center for Asphalt Technology
    310 Sanford Hall
    Auburn, Alabama  United States  36849-5131
  • Principal Investigators:

    Watson, Donald

  • Start Date: 20140731
  • Expected Completion Date: 20170131
  • Actual Completion Date: 20170131
  • Source Data: RiP Project 37724

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01545076
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 01-55
  • Files: TRB, RiP
  • Created Date: Nov 25 2014 1:01AM