Quality Characteristics and Test Methods for Use in Performance-Related Specifications of Hot-Mix Asphalt Pavements

The objectives of this research were to: (1) identify construction-related quality characteristics of hot mix asphalt (HMA) pavement that affect long-term pavement performance; (2) identify quality characteristics of as-produced HMA that reflect compositional, volumetric, and fundamental engineering properties in terms of long-term pavement performance; and (3) select and prepare for use in performance related specifications (PRS) simple, practical, and rapid tests that measure these quality characteristics in the field. Five quality characteristics for HMA pavements were identified that are candidates for use in a PRS. They are segregation, ride quality, in-place density, longitudinal construction joint density, and in-place permeability. These quality characteristics were selected because of their importance in determining the overall performance of HMA pavements. Test methods for measuring each of these quality characteristics and initial specification criteria and threshold values were recommended for use in a PRS and are presented in Appendix C of the final report for Project 9-15. The specification criteria and threshold values are based upon data collected in Project 9-15 and on information gained from other sources. Further and continued validation of these specification criteria is critical, as is further refinement of the test methods.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $449995.00
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 9-15

  • 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:

    Fugro-Bren Rauhut Engineering, Incorporated

    8613 Cross Park Drive
    Austin, TX  United States  78754-0000
  • Principal Investigators:

    Moulthrop, James

  • Start Date: 19990101
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20040630
  • Source Data: RiP Project 2290

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01547859
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: National Cooperative Highway Research Program
  • Contract Numbers: Project 9-15
  • Files: RiP
  • Created Date: Dec 16 2014 1:00AM