Suitability of the Superpave Gyratory Compactor for the assessment of compaction characteristics of unbound materials

C. E. Cary, C. Kumpel, A. Bagriacik, R. Cohen, J. Clark, B. Sukumaran, M. Lecorvaisier, A. Daouadji

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Abstract

The suitability of the Superpave Gyratory Compactor (SGC) to replicate field performance of aggregates during construction and trafficking of airfields was assessed. The subbase materials used at the National Airport Pavement Test Facility (NAPTF) of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) were evaluated. SGC test results at different moisture contents were compared to field performance. The SGC was found to be capable of achieving higher densities than the Modified Proctor method. The SGC densities were similar to that achieved by modern field compaction equipment. The use of the SGC over the Modified Proctor method for determining the compaction characteristics of aggregates is recommended. New SGC-based construction specifications will contribute to minimize trafficking compaction in the field. Material performance test results suggest that excessive trafficking compaction is, in part, due to abrasion and attrition of the aggregate. A comparison of laboratory results with field performance indicates the SGC may not be suitable to reproduce trafficking compaction.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationGeomechanics from Micro to Macro - Proceedings of the TC105 ISSMGE International Symposium on Geomechanics from Micro to Macro, IS-Cambridge 2014
PublisherTaylor and Francis - Balkema
Pages1635-1640
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)9781138027077
DOIs
StatePublished - 2015
EventInternational Symposium on Geomechanics from Micro to Macro, IS-Cambridge 2014 - Cambridge, United Kingdom
Duration: Sep 1 2014Sep 3 2014

Publication series

NameGeomechanics from Micro to Macro - Proceedings of the TC105 ISSMGE International Symposium on Geomechanics from Micro to Macro, IS-Cambridge 2014
Volume2

Other

OtherInternational Symposium on Geomechanics from Micro to Macro, IS-Cambridge 2014
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityCambridge
Period9/1/149/3/14

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Geophysics

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