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Rehabilitation of Asphalt Concrete Pavements: Initial Evaluation of the SPS-5 Experiment-Final Report Research/Reference: useful for researchers doing further work in the pavement area as well as those developing improved testing and design procedures. Includes documents of historical value.

Primary Topic: Pavement Rehabilitation

Description: The SPS-5 experiment, entitled Rehabilitation of Asphalt Concrete Pavements, is one of the key experiments of the TPP program. The objective of this experiment is to determine the relative influence and long-term effectiveness of different rehabilitation techniques (including overlay thickness, material, and surface preparation) and site conditions (traffic, pre-existing pavement condition, and climatic factors) on performance. This report documents the first comprehensive review and evaluation of data completeness and availability from the SPS-5 experiment. Eighteen SPS-5 projects have been identified. At each site there are nine core test sections. Some SPS-5 projects also have various supplemental sections. 210 test sections are included in the SPS-5 experiment.

The data availability and completeness were good overall for the SPS-5 experiment with two exceptions: traffic and materials test data. These data deficiencies need to be addressed before a comprehensive analysis of the SPS-5 experiment is conducted. Both of these data elements must be collected in order for the SPS-5 experiment to meet the expectations for calibrating and validating mechanistic models. The majority of the SPS-5 data that were collected were at level E.

Required experiment design factors were compared with the actual experiment design for the large majority of the design factors and can be characterized as good to excellent when comparing designed versus constructed. One project had yet to be constructed and materials testing and data processing still needed to be completed.

FHWA Publication Number: FHWA-HRT-01-168

Publication Year: 2006

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