Analysis and Design of Pavement Surface Mixtures for Traffic Noise Reduction

The objective of this project is to analyze the relationship between mixture design variables and acoustic performance of pavement surface and to develop a design procedure or guideline for pavement surface mixtures that considers not only conventional functions (e.g., friction and permeability) but also noise reduction. The focus of the project is to examine the current designs of open-graded friction course (OGFC) mixtures, which are widely applied on highways in some states such as Florida, to see what adjustments may be made to improve their acoustic performance. The research team will perform literature review on the state-of-art of research on quiet pavements, investigate the relationship between mixture design variables (primarily aggregate gradation, shape, and air-void content) and mixture acoustic performance based on data collected from the literature and numerical analysis, and develop design recommendations for pavement surface mixtures for improved acoustic performance.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $120000
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  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

    University Transportation Centers Program
    Department of Transportation
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Managing Organizations:


    Washington DC,   United States 
  • Project Managers:

    Kline, Robin

  • Performing Organizations:

    University of South Florida, Tampa

    Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
    4202 E. Flowler Avenue, ENB 118
    Tampa, FL  United States  33620-5350
  • Principal Investigators:

    Lu, Qing

    Gunaratne, Manjriker

  • Start Date: 20191001
  • Expected Completion Date: 20210630
  • Actual Completion Date: 20210630
  • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01714328
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Center for Transportation, Environment, and Community Health
  • Contract Numbers: 69A3551747119
  • Files: UTC, RIP
  • Created Date: Aug 20 2019 12:57PM