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  1. Characterizing Pavement Surface Distress Conditions with Hyper-Spatial Resolution Natural Color Aerial Photography

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    Su Zhang

    2016-05-01

    Full Text Available Roadway pavement surface distress information is critical for effective pavement asset management, and subsequently, transportation management agencies at all levels (i.e., federal, state, and local dedicate a large amount of time and money to routinely evaluate pavement surface distress conditions as the core of their asset management programs. However, currently adopted ground-based evaluation methods for pavement surface conditions have many disadvantages, like being time-consuming and expensive. Aircraft-based evaluation methods, although getting more attention, have not been used for any operational evaluation programs yet because the acquired images lack the spatial resolution to resolve finer scale pavement surface distresses. Hyper-spatial resolution natural color aerial photography (HSR-AP provides a potential method for collecting pavement surface distress information that can supplement or substitute for currently adopted evaluation methods. Using roadway pavement sections located in the State of New Mexico as an example, this research explored the utility of aerial triangulation (AT technique and HSR-AP acquired from a low-altitude and low-cost small-unmanned aircraft system (S-UAS, in this case a tethered helium weather balloon, to permit characterization of detailed pavement surface distress conditions. The Wilcoxon Signed Rank test, Mann-Whitney U test, and visual comparison were used to compare detailed pavement surface distress rates measured from HSR-AP derived products (orthophotos and digital surface models generated from AT with reference distress rates manually collected on the ground using standard protocols. The results reveal that S-UAS based hyper-spatial resolution imaging and AT techniques can provide detailed and reliable primary observations suitable for characterizing detailed pavement surface distress conditions comparable to the ground-based manual measurement, which lays the foundation for the future application of HSR-AP for automated detection and assessment of detailed pavement surface distress conditions.

  2. Evaluation Model for Pavement Surface Distress on 3d Point Clouds from Mobile Mapping System

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    Aoki, K.; Yamamoto, K.; Shimamura, H.

    2012-07-01

    This paper proposes a methodology to evaluate the pavement surface distress for maintenance planning of road pavement using 3D point clouds from Mobile Mapping System (MMS). The issue on maintenance planning of road pavement requires scheduled rehabilitation activities for damaged pavement sections to keep high level of services. The importance of this performance-based infrastructure asset management on actual inspection data is globally recognized. Inspection methodology of road pavement surface, a semi-automatic measurement system utilizing inspection vehicles for measuring surface deterioration indexes, such as cracking, rutting and IRI, have already been introduced and capable of continuously archiving the pavement performance data. However, any scheduled inspection using automatic measurement vehicle needs much cost according to the instruments' specification or inspection interval. Therefore, implementation of road maintenance work, especially for the local government, is difficult considering costeffectiveness. Based on this background, in this research, the methodologies for a simplified evaluation for pavement surface and assessment of damaged pavement section are proposed using 3D point clouds data to build urban 3D modelling. The simplified evaluation results of road surface were able to provide useful information for road administrator to find out the pavement section for a detailed examination and for an immediate repair work. In particular, the regularity of enumeration of 3D point clouds was evaluated using Chow-test and F-test model by extracting the section where the structural change of a coordinate value was remarkably achieved. Finally, the validity of the current methodology was investigated by conducting a case study dealing with the actual inspection data of the local roads.

  3. A Novel Pavement Distress Image Filtering Algorithm

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    Feng Xin

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Combined the Nonsubsampled Contourlet Transform (NSCT with compressed sensing de-noising theory, this study proposed a compressed sensing image filtering algorithm in the NSCT transform domain. This algorithm adopted the transform domain filtering method. Firstly, the NSCT was used to do multi-scale and multi-directional transform on the input noisy pavement distress Image which was mapped to the transform domain. Then the compressed sensing theory was used to filter the high-frequency sub-band coefficients. The experiment results show that this algorithm improves the effectiveness and timeliness of the pavement distress image filtering.

  4. LDPE and CRMB Utilization in Bituminous Concrete Pavement Surfaces

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    Payal Bakshi

    2013-01-01

    The road traffic and the traffic intensity are also increasing. Thus the load bearing capacities of the road is to be increased. There are two types of roads - flexible pavements (bitumen roads) and rigid pavements (concrete roads). Flexible pavements (bitumen roads) comprise of the major portion of all surfaced roads. In India, bituminous surfaced flexible pavements comprise of majority of the roads. Distress symptoms, such as cracking, rutting, etc., are being increasingly caused earlier by...

  5. Surface Wave Testing of Pavements

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    Rydén, Nils

    2004-01-01

    A novel approach for surface wave testing of pavements is presented. It is a non-destructive testing (NDT) technique that can be used to obtain the thickness and stiffness properties of the different layers in a pavement. With this method structural properties of the pavement can be mapped as a function of time and space, providing a valuable tool in pavement design and management. The technical development is based on a theoretical study of wave propagation in pavement structures and on the ...

  6. The Use of GPS-Based Distress Mapping to Improve Pavement Management

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    Dzwilewski, Peter-Paul; Long, Genevieve; Wade, Monty

    2015-01-01

    Utilizing recent inspection data of portland cement concrete (PCC) pavements at airports and military installations in the United States and Canada, the enhancement of long-term pavement management through Global Positioning Satellite (GPS)-based distress mapping is examined. Specifically, examples of distress pattern identification, improvements to the determination of localized maintenance repair quantities, the process of selecting appropriate rehabilitation methods, and applying identifie...

  7. New Jersey Micro-Surface Pavement Noise Evaluation

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    Hencken, John; Haas, Edwin; Tulanowski, Michael; Bennert, Thomas

    2015-01-01

    New Jersey DOT is evaluating pavement preservation types for interstate resurfacing as a method to increase network pavement life cycles within depressed budgetary limits. Despite the economic benefits for micro-surface there is concern for the noise quality and pavement noise levels, which will become a significant issue to a greater population as the application increases over an increased area of lane miles throughout the state. Pavement noise research has been conducted on in-service pave...

  8. Improving a pavement-watering method on the basis of pavement surface temperature measurements

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    Hendel, Martin; Diab, Youssef; Royon, Laurent

    2014-01-01

    Pavement-watering has been studied since the 1990's and is currently considered a promising tool for urban heat island reduction and climate change adaptation. However, possible future water resource availability problems require that water consumption be optimized. Although pavement heat flux can be studied to improve pavement-watering methods (frequency and water consumption), these measurements are costly and require invasive construction work to install appropriate sensors in a dense urban environment. Therefore, we analyzed measurements of pavement surface temperatures in search of alternative information relevant to this goal. It was found that high frequency surface temperature measurements (more than every 5 minutes) made by an infrared camera can provide enough information to optimize the watering frequency. Furthermore, if the water retaining capacity of the studied pavement is known, optimization of total water consumption is possible on the sole basis of surface temperature measurements.

  9. Development and evaluation of the model for the surface pavement temperature prediction

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    B. Mati?

    2012-07-01

    Full Text Available This paper examines the existing models for predicting pavement temperatures and formulates a new one using a regression equation to predict the minimum and maximum pavement surface temperatures depending on the air temperature. Also, the paper presents a model for pavement temperature prediction according to the Superpave methodology and conducts the validation of the model for measured temperatures.

  10. Development and evaluation of the model for the surface pavement temperature prediction

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    B. Mati?; J. Tepi?; Sremac, S.; Radonjanin, V.; Mati?, D.; P. Jovanovi?

    2012-01-01

    This paper examines the existing models for predicting pavement temperatures and formulates a new one using a regression equation to predict the minimum and maximum pavement surface temperatures depending on the air temperature. Also, the paper presents a model for pavement temperature prediction according to the Superpave methodology and conducts the validation of the model for measured temperatures.

  11. Use of scrap rubber in asphalt pavement surfaces

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    Eaton, Robert A.; Roberts, Richard J.; Blackburn, Robert R.

    1991-12-01

    Scrap tire rubber was mixed into an asphalt concrete wearing course to study the effect of ice disbonding from the pavement surface under traffic. Rubber contents of 0, 3, 6, and 12 percent by weight were studied. Initial laboratory ice disbonding test results led to the development of a new paving material, Chunk Rubber Asphalt Concrete (CRAC), that uses larger pieces of rubber in a much denser asphalt concrete mix. Strength values doubled and ice disbonding performance was enhanced.

  12. Pavement Aging Model by Response Surface Modeling

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    Manzano-Ramírez A.

    2011-10-01

    Full Text Available In this work, surface course aging was modeled by Response Surface Methodology (RSM. The Marshall specimens were placed in a conventional oven for time and temperature conditions established on the basis of the environment factors of the region where the surface course is constructed by AC-20 from the Ing. Antonio M. Amor refinery. Volatilized material (VM, load resistance increment (ΔL and flow resistance increment (ΔF models were developed by the RSM. Cylindrical specimens with real aging were extracted from the surface course pilot to evaluate the error of the models. The VM model was adequate, in contrast (ΔL and (ΔF models were almost adequate with an error of 20 %, that was associated with the other environmental factors, which were not considered at the beginning of the research.

  13. Long Life Pavements; Firmes de larga duracion

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    Mateos Moreno, A.; Marron Fernandez, J. O.; Perez Ayuso, J.

    2009-07-01

    The existence of long-life pavements is not new; they have been built in Europe and the United States for decades. In fact, the concept arises from the observation of in-service roads; it was verified how particular pavements, initially designed for a 20-year service life, did not seem to have reduced the bearing capacity along the time, and its maintenance necessities had been exclusively focused on the wearing course. The base idea of long-life pavements is the existence of a fatigue threshold below which the damage produced by each load application is, in practice, zero or below the healing potential of the asphalt mix. The use practice of long-life pavements design considers a pavements constituted by three asphalt layers, each one with a very specific role: a wearing course that provides with the surface characteristics, an intermediate course that provides with most of the structural capacity and a base course that provides with the fatigue resistance. Furthermore, one of the particularities is the design against specific distress mechanisms. Maintenance strategy also presents specific particularities for long-life pavements. It is essentially focused on the detection of surface deterioration, and the appropriate and timely repair, before the damage extends beyond the wearing course, putting into risk the structural integrity of the pavement. Nowadays, this new way to conceive the design, the construction and the maintenance of road pavements, constitutes one of the main challenges for pavement engineering worldwide. (Author) 5 refs.

  14. Laser Scanning on Road Pavements: A New Approach for Characterizing Surface Texture

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    Gabriele Bitelli; Andrea De Simone(SISSA, INFN); Fabrizio Girardi; Claudio Lantieri

    2012-01-01

    The surface layer of road pavement has a particular importance in relation to the satisfaction of the primary demands of locomotion, such as security and eco-compatibility. Among those pavement surface characteristics, the “texture” appears to be one of the most interesting with regard to the attainment of skid resistance. Specifications and regulations, providing a wide range of functional indicators, act as guidelines to satisfy the performance requirements. This paper describes an experime...

  15. Assessment of in-situ compaction degree of HMA pavement surface layers using GPR and novel dielectric properties-based algorithms

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    Georgiou, Panos; Loizos, Fokion

    2015-04-01

    Field compaction of asphalt pavements is ultimately conducted to achieve layer(s) with suitable mechanical stability. However, the achieved degree of compaction has a significant influence on the performance of asphalt pavements. Providing all desirable mixture design characteristics without adequate compaction could lead to premature permanent deformation, excessive aging, and moisture damage; these distresses reduce the useful life of asphalt pavements. Hence, proper construction of an asphalt pavement is necessary to develop a long lasting roadway that will help minimize future maintenance. This goal is achieved by verifying and confirming that design specifications, in this case density specifications are met through the use of Quality Assurance (QA) practices. With respect to in-situ compaction degree of hot mix asphalt (HMA) pavement surface layers, nearly all agencies specify either cored samples or nuclear/ non nuclear density gauges to provide density measurement of the constructed pavement. Typically, a small number of spot tests (with either cores or nuclear gauges) are run and a judgment about the density level of the entire roadway is made based on the results of this spot testing. Unfortunately, density measurement from a small number of spots may not be representative of the density of the pavement mat. Hence, full coverage evaluation of compaction quality of the pavement mat is needed. The Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR), as a Non Destructive Testing (NDT) technique, is an example of a non-intrusive technique that favors over the methods mentioned above for assessing compaction quality of asphalt pavements, since it allows measurement of all mat areas. Further, research studies in recent years have shown promising results with respect to its capability, coupled with the use of novel algorithms based on the dielectric properties of HMA, to predict the in-situ field density. In view of the above, field experimental surveys were conducted to assess the effectiveness of GPR methodology to estimate the in-situ compaction degree of several test sections. Moreover, considering also the field density results as obtained with traditional methods, comparative evaluation was conducted to assess the potential of using the GPR technique as a surrogate tool for pavement compaction quality purposes. Acknowledgements: This work has been inspired from publications of the COST action TU-1208 funded from EU.

  16. Monitoring asphalt pavement damages using remote sensing techniques

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    Mettas, Christodoulos; Themistocleous, Kyriacos; Neocleous, Kyriacos; Christofe, Andreas; Pilakoutas, Kypros; Hadjimitsis, Diofantos

    2015-06-01

    One of the main issues in the maintenance plans of road agencies or governmental organizations is the early detection of damaged asphalt pavements. The development of a smart and non-destructive systematic technique for monitoring damaged asphalt pavements is considered a main priority to fill this gap. During the 1970's, remote sensing was used to map road surface distress, while during the last decade, remote sensing became more advanced, thereby assisting in the evolution of the identification and mapping of roads. Various techniques were used in order to explore condition, age, weaknesses and imperfections of asphalted pavements. These methods were fairly successful in the classification of asphalted surfaces and in the detection of some of their characteristics. This paper explores the state of the art of using remote sensing techniques for monitoring damaged pavements and some typical spectral profiles of various asphalt pavements in Cyprus area acquired using the SVC1024 field spectroradiometer.

  17. Pavement cracking measurements using 3D laser-scan images

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    Pavement condition surveying is vital for pavement maintenance programs that ensure ride quality and traffic safety. This paper first introduces an automated pavement inspection system which uses a three-dimensional (3D) camera and a structured laser light to acquire dense transverse profiles of a pavement lane surface when it carries a moving vehicle. After the calibration, the 3D system can yield a depth resolution of 0.5 mm and a transverse resolution of 1.56 mm pixel−1 at 1.4 m camera height from the ground. The scanning rate of the camera can be set to its maximum at 5000 lines s−1, allowing the density of scanned profiles to vary with the vehicle's speed. The paper then illustrates the algorithms that utilize 3D information to detect pavement distress, such as transverse, longitudinal and alligator cracking, and presents the field tests on the system's repeatability when scanning a sample pavement in multiple runs at the same vehicle speed, at different vehicle speeds and under different weather conditions. The results show that this dedicated 3D system can capture accurate pavement images that detail surface distress, and obtain consistent crack measurements in repeated tests and under different driving and lighting conditions. (paper)

  18. Bituminous Pavement Failures

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    Surajo Abubakar Wada

    2016-01-01

    Pavement deterioration is a serious problem for road and traffic sector in almost every country, the most affecting causes of bituminous pavement failures have been studied in this paper. The paper describes the lessons learnt from pavement failures and problems experienced. Failures of bituminous pavements are caused due to many reasons or combination of reasons. Application of correction in the existing surface will enhance the life of maintenance works as well as that of streng...

  19. Vehicle-Pavement Interaction

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    Khavassefat, Parisa

    2014-01-01

    Several aspects of vehicle-pavement interaction have been studied and discussed in this thesis. Initially the pavement response is studied through a quasi-static and a dynamic computationally efficient framework under moving traffic loads. Subsequently, a non-stationary stochastic solution has been developed in order to account for the effect of pavement surface deterioration on pavement service life.The quasi-static procedure is based on a superposition principle and is computationally favou...

  20. A Hessian-based methodology for automatic surface crack detection and classification from pavement images

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    Ghanta, Sindhu; Shahini Shamsabadi, Salar; Dy, Jennifer; Wang, Ming; Birken, Ralf

    2015-04-01

    Around 3,000,000 million vehicle miles are annually traveled utilizing the US transportation systems alone. In addition to the road traffic safety, maintaining the road infrastructure in a sound condition promotes a more productive and competitive economy. Due to the significant amounts of financial and human resources required to detect surface cracks by visual inspection, detection of these surface defects are often delayed resulting in deferred maintenance operations. This paper introduces an automatic system for acquisition, detection, classification, and evaluation of pavement surface cracks by unsupervised analysis of images collected from a camera mounted on the rear of a moving vehicle. A Hessian-based multi-scale filter has been utilized to detect ridges in these images at various scales. Post-processing on the extracted features has been implemented to produce statistics of length, width, and area covered by cracks, which are crucial for roadway agencies to assess pavement quality. This process has been realized on three sets of roads with different pavement conditions in the city of Brockton, MA. A ground truth dataset labeled manually is made available to evaluate this algorithm and results rendered more than 90% segmentation accuracy demonstrating the feasibility of employing this approach at a larger scale.

  1. Laser Scanning on Road Pavements: A New Approach for Characterizing Surface Texture

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    Gabriele Bitelli

    2012-07-01

    Full Text Available The surface layer of road pavement has a particular importance in relation to the satisfaction of the primary demands of locomotion, such as security and eco-compatibility. Among those pavement surface characteristics, the “texture” appears to be one of the most interesting with regard to the attainment of skid resistance. Specifications and regulations, providing a wide range of functional indicators, act as guidelines to satisfy the performance requirements. This paper describes an experiment on the use of laser scanner techniques on various types of asphalt for texture characterization. The use of high precision laser scanners, such as the triangulation types, is proposed to expand the analysis of road pavement from the commonly and currently used two-dimensional method to a three-dimensional one, with the aim of extending the range of the most important parameters for these kinds of applications. Laser scanners can be used in an innovative way to obtain information on areal surface layer through a single measurement, with data homogeneity and representativeness. The described experience highlights how the laser scanner is used for both laboratory experiments and tests in situ, with a particular attention paid to factors that could potentially affect the survey.

  2. Analysis of Load Stress for Asphalt Pavement of Lean Concrete Base

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    Lijun, Suo; Xinwu, Wang

    The study revealed that whether it is early distresses in asphalt pavement or not depends largely on working performance of base. In the field of asphalt pavement, it is widely accepted that lean concrete base, compared with the general semi-rigid base, has better working performance, such as high strength and good eroding resistance. Problem of early distresses in asphalt pavement, which caused by more traffic loadings, can be settled effectively when lean concrete is used in asphalt pavement. Traffic loading is important parameter used in the analysis of the new pavement design. However, few studies have done extensive and intensive research on the load stress for asphalt pavement of lean concrete base. Because of that, it is necessary to study the load stress for the asphalt pavement. In the paper, first of all, three-dimension finite element model of the asphalt pavement is created for the aim of doing mechanical analysis for the asphalt pavement. And then, the two main objectives of this study are investigated. One is analysis for load stress of lean concrete base, and the other is analysis for load stress of asphalt surface. The results show that load stress of lean concrete base decreases, decrease and increase with increase of base's thickness, surface's thickness and ratio of base's modulus to foundation's modulus respectively. So far as the asphalt surface is concerned, maximum shearing stress, which is caused by load, is evident in asphalt surface which is located in transverse contraction joint of lean concrete base of asphalt pavement. Maximum shearing stress decrease, decrease, decrease and increase respectively with increase of the surface's modulus, the surface's thickness, base's thickness and ratio of base's modulus to foundation's modulus.

  3. Research on Fiber Micro-Surfacing Mixture Design and Pavement Performance in Interchange’s Connections

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    Wu Zhaoyang

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available In order to use the micro-surfacing which is the existing micro-surfacing technology guide that has some technical defects, the method to determine the optimal dosage of emulsified asphalt and best whetstone is not very reasonable, and it impedes the application and development of micro-surfacing technology to improve the performance of the pavement. In this paper, the “graphical method” is first used to determine the optimal dosage range of emulsified asphalt. Nowadays, a large number of expressways reach the stage of repair and maintenance. Interchange ramp exit and entrance are always the accident-prone sections and, it’s easy to over-look the pavement’s skid resistance of those areas. Micro-surfacing can significantly improve the performance of pavement, especially the skid resistance. Verified with laboratory tests, it recommends that the dosage of emulsified asphalt corresponding to the peak of flexural strain measured with low temperature bending test as OAC of micro-surfacing mixture shows technical superiority. The use of fiber micro-surfacing at the ramp’s exit and entrance can reduce the braking distance.

  4. A 3D study of the contact surface developed by the contact between the tires and the structural pavements

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    Alex Alves Bandeira

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available The basic aim in this work is to present a new technique to analyze the contact surfaces developed by the contact between the tires and the structural pavements by numerical simulations, using 3D finite element formulations with contact mechanics. For this purpose, the Augmented Lagrangian method is used. This study is performed just putting the tires on the structural pavement. These tires and the structural pavement are discretized by finite elements under large 3D elastoplastic deformation. The real loads (of aircrafts, trucks or cars are applied directly on each tire and by contact mechanics procedures, the real contact area between the tires and the pavement surface is computed. The penetration conditions and the contact interfaces are investigated in details. Furthermore, the pressure developed at the contact surfaces is automatically calculated and transferred to the structural pavement by contact mechanics techniques. The purpose of this work research is to show that the contact area is not circular and the finite element techniques can calculate automatically the real contact area, the real geometry and its stresses and strains. In the end of this work, numerical resultsin terms of geometry, stress and strain are presented and compared to show the ability of the algorithm. These numerical results are also compared with the numerical results obtained by the commercial program ANSYS.

  5. Improving Rutting Resistance of Pavement Structures Using Geosynthetics: An Overview

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    Sina Mirzapour Mounes; Mohamed Rehan Karim; Ali Khodaii; Mohammad Hadi Almasi

    2014-01-01

    A pavement structure consists of several layers for the primary purpose of transmitting and distributing traffic loads to the subgrade. Rutting is one form of pavement distresses that may influence the performance of road pavements. Geosynthetics is one type of synthetic materials utilized for improving the performance of pavements against rutting. Various studies have been conducted on using different geosynthetic materials in pavement structures by different researchers. One of the practice...

  6. Improving rutting resistance of pavement structures using geosynthetics: an overview.

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    Mirzapour Mounes, Sina; Karim, Mohamed Rehan; Khodaii, Ali; Almasi, Mohammad Hadi

    2014-01-01

    A pavement structure consists of several layers for the primary purpose of transmitting and distributing traffic loads to the subgrade. Rutting is one form of pavement distresses that may influence the performance of road pavements. Geosynthetics is one type of synthetic materials utilized for improving the performance of pavements against rutting. Various studies have been conducted on using different geosynthetic materials in pavement structures by different researchers. One of the practices is a reinforcing material in asphalt pavements. This paper intends to present and discuss the discoveries from some of the studies on utilizing geosynthetics in flexible pavements as reinforcement against permanent deformation (rutting). PMID:24526919

  7. Assessment of an action against environmental noise: Acoustic durability of a pavement surface with crumb rubber.

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    Vázquez, V F; Luong, J; Bueno, M; Terán, F; Paje, S E

    2016-01-15

    Environmental noise is a worldwide problem that has an adverse effect in the quality of life of urban population. Some work has shown that there is a correlation between environmental noise and health issues as sleep disturbance or annoyance. This study presents the time evolution of a test track fabricated with an asphalt mixture with 20% of crumb rubber by weight of bitumen, added by the wet process. A complete surface characterization has been performed by determining tire/pavement sound levels, road texture profiles, in-situ dynamic stiffness and sound absorption of compacted and extracted sample cores. Two measurement campaigns were performed: just after mixture laying and after 3 years in service. This study confirms that the use of crumb rubber as a modifier of bituminous binders (CRMB) can improve the pavement characteristics: gap-graded mixtures with crumb rubber can be used in the action plans as urban rehabilitation measure to fight noise pollution. However, this noise reduction seems to decrease with age at a rate of approximately 0.15 dB(A) per year. PMID:26519582

  8. High Performance Concrete Carpet, High Performance Cementitious Surface Dressing: Two innovative solutions for long lasting pavements

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    Sedran, Thierry; De Larrard, François

    2011-01-01

    Is it worth using high or ultra high performance concrete (HPC or UHPC) in traditional concrete pavement structure ? A simplified approach to compare different materials accounting for the fatigue resistance of the materials. Concept of equivalent quality index Used in the French Pavement Design Method to classify the materials.

  9. A Study on Overlay Design of Repeatedly Deteriorating Flexible Pavement

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    Mahendrakar Kiran Kumar

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available A factor, which causes further concern in India, is very high and very low pavement temperature in some parts of the country. Under these conditions, flexible pavements tend to become soft in summer and brittle in winter. Further increase in road traffic during the last one decade with an unduly low level of maintenance has contributed to accelerated deterioration of road surfacing. To prevent this deterioration process, several types of measures may be adopted effectively such as improved design, use of high performance materials and effective construction technologies. Over the last two decades, traffic volume and the percentage of heavy truck traffic have increased enormously on the National High Way No 18. This pavement is a Flexible pavement with bituminous surfacing. The high traffic intensity in terms of commercial vehicles, overloading of axles and significant variations in daily and seasonal temperature of the pavement have been always responsible for early development of distress symptoms like undulations, rutting, cracking, bleeding, raveling, shoving and potholing of bituminous surfacing.

  10. Network level pavement evaluation with 1 mm 3D survey system

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    Kelvin C.P. Wang

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available The latest iteration of PaveVision3D Ultra can obtain true 1 mm resolution 3D data at full-lane coverage in all 3 directions at highway speed up to 60 mph. This paper introduces the PaveVision3D Ultra technology for rapid network level pavement survey on approximately 1280 center miles of Oklahoma interstate highways. With sophisticated automated distress analyzer (ADA software interface, the collected 1 mm 3D data provide Oklahoma Department of Transportation (ODOT with comprehensive solutions for automated evaluation of pavement surface including longitudinal profile for roughness, transverse profile for rutting, predicted hydroplaning speed for safety analysis, and cracking and various surface defects for distresses. The pruned exact linear time (PELT method, an optimal partitioning algorithm, is implemented to identify change points and dynamically determine homogeneous segments so as to assist ODOT effectively using the available 1 mm 3D pavement surface condition data for decision-making. The application of 1 mm 3D laser imaging technology for network survey is unprecedented. This innovative technology allows highway agencies to access its options in using the 1 mm 3D system for its design and management purposes, particularly to meet the data needs for pavement management system (PMS, pavement ME design and highway performance monitoring system (HPMS.

  11. Feasibility for the use of coal tar as a new material for road surfaces (pavement) construction

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    Romero Farfán, M. A.; Murillo Vega, H. E.; Trujillo Pinto, F. A.

    2016-02-01

    The stabilization products often used to improve the support of granular layers in the construction of road surfaces may be expensive and difficult to get. Therefore, it is necessary to test different materials, which are cheap and easy to obtain, and which will enhance the physical and mechanical properties of pavement layers. This document evaluates the use of coal tar, as a stabilizer for granular subbase. Initially, with a description of tar properties, determining the optimal conditions for the granular subbase material compaction, by means of modified proctor tests and the calculation of the resistance of the unaltered material by using CBR lab tests (California Bearing Ratio). Afterwards, with the design and development of granular material mixes with different percentages of coal tar and determining its CBR as comparative parameter with that of the unaltered material. Finally, by calculating the optimal coal tar percentage in order to stabilize the subbase granular, the results showed an improvement in the resistance of the granular material and a decrease in its expansion due to the use of coal tar.

  12. Stormwater infiltration and surface runoff pollution reduction performance of permeable pavement layers.

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    Niu, Zhi-Guang; Lv, Zhi-Wei; Zhang, Ying; Cui, Zhen-Zhen

    2016-02-01

    In this paper, the laboratory-scale permeable pavement layers, including a surface permeable brick layer, coarse sand bedding layers (thicknesses = 2, 3.5, and 5 cm), and single-graded gravel sub-base layers (thicknesses = 15, 20, 25, and 30 cm), were built to evaluate stormwater infiltration and surface runoff pollution reduction performance. And, the infiltration rate (I) and concentrations of suspended solids (SS), total phosphorus (TP), chemical oxygen demand (COD), ammonia nitrogen, and total nitrogen (TN) were measured under the simulated rainfall intensity of 72.4 mm/h over duration of 60 min. The results indicate that the thickness factor primarily influences the infiltration rate and pollutant removal rate. The highest steady infiltration rate was for surface brick layer 51.0 mm/h, for 5-cm sand bedding layer 32.3 mm/h, and for 30-cm gravel sub-base layer 42.3 mm/h, respectively. The SS average removal rate was relative higher (79.8∼98.6 %) for all layers due to the interception and filtration. The average removal rates of TP and COD were for surface layer 71.2 and 24.1 %, for 5-cm bedding layer 54.8 and 9.0 %, and for 20-cm sub-base layer 72.2 and 26.1 %. Ammonia nitrogen and TN cannot steadily be removed by layers according to the experiment results. The optimal thickness of bedding sands was 5 cm, and that of sub-base gravels was 20∼30 cm. Graphical Abstract ᅟ. PMID:26429141

  13. Weak interlayers in flexible and semi-flexible road pavements: Part 1

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    F, Netterberg; M, de Beer.

    2012-04-01

    Full Text Available Weak layers, interlayers, laminations and/or interfaces in the upper structural layers of road pavements are specifically prohibited in most road-building specifications. However, such layers are extremely common and often lead to premature pavement distress. In Part 1 of this two-part set of papers [...] , it is shown that from experience with heavy vehicle simulator (HVS) and dynamic cone penetrometer (DCP) testing, the presence of such layers and/or conditions at any depth in the structural layers of a flexible or semi-flexible pavement is far more deleterious than is commonly appreciated. In Part 2 the effects of these weak layers are further modelled and discussed using various examples based an HVS testing and mechanistic pavement analyses. In particular, a weak upper base course of a cemented pavement under a thin bituminous surfacing may lead to severe surfacing (and upper base) failure within a matter of weeks to months after opening to traffic, not excluding failure even during construction. In this paper (Part 1), the causes of weak layers, interlayers, laminations and/or interfaces, together with simple methods for their detection during construction and analyses of their effects on the structural capacity of flexible and semi-rigid (cemented) road pavements, are briefly discussed.

  14. Weak interlayers in flexible and semi-flexible road pavements: Part 1

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    F Netterberg

    2012-04-01

    Full Text Available Weak layers, interlayers, laminations and/or interfaces in the upper structural layers of road pavements are specifically prohibited in most road-building specifications. However, such layers are extremely common and often lead to premature pavement distress. In Part 1 of this two-part set of papers, it is shown that from experience with heavy vehicle simulator (HVS and dynamic cone penetrometer (DCP testing, the presence of such layers and/or conditions at any depth in the structural layers of a flexible or semi-flexible pavement is far more deleterious than is commonly appreciated. In Part 2 the effects of these weak layers are further modelled and discussed using various examples based an HVS testing and mechanistic pavement analyses. In particular, a weak upper base course of a cemented pavement under a thin bituminous surfacing may lead to severe surfacing (and upper base failure within a matter of weeks to months after opening to traffic, not excluding failure even during construction. In this paper (Part 1, the causes of weak layers, interlayers, laminations and/or interfaces, together with simple methods for their detection during construction and analyses of their effects on the structural capacity of flexible and semi-rigid (cemented road pavements, are briefly discussed.

  15. Calibration on MEPDG Low Temperature Cracking Model and Recommendation on Asphalt Pavement Structures in Seasonal Frozen Region of China

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    Hongyan Ma; Dongsheng Wang; Changjun Zhou; Decheng Feng

    2015-01-01

    In order to implement the Mechanistic-Empirical Pavement Design Guide (MEPDG) to design and maintain asphalt pavements in China, it is necessary to calibrate transfer functions of distresses in MEPDG with local conditions, including traffics, environment, and materials as well as measured pavement distresses data in field. Comprehensive single factor sensitivity analyses of factors that influence thermal cracking of asphalt pavements were conducted utilizing the MEPDG low temperature cracking...

  16. KINECT, A NOVEL CUTTING EDGE TOOL IN PAVEMENT DATA COLLECTION

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    A. Mahmoudzadeh

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available Pavement roughness and surface distress detection is of interest of decision makers due to vehicle safety, user satisfaction, and cost saving. Data collection, as a core of pavement management systems, is required for these detections. There are two major types of data collection: traditional/manual data collection and automated/semi-automated data collection. This paper study different non-destructive tools in detecting cracks and potholes. For this purpose, automated data collection tools, which have been utilized recently are discussed and their applications are criticized. The main issue is the significant amount of money as a capital investment needed to buy the vehicle. The main scope of this paper is to study the approach and related tools that not only are cost-effective but also precise and accurate. The new sensor called Kinect has all of these specifications. It can capture both RGB images and depth which are of significant use in measuring cracks and potholes. This sensor is able to take image of surfaces with adequate resolution to detect cracks along with measurement of distance between sensor and obstacles in front of it which results in depth of defects. This technology has been very recently studied by few researchers in different fields of studies such as project management, biomedical engineering, etc. Pavement management has not paid enough attention to use of Kinect in monitoring and detecting distresses. This paper is aimed at providing a thorough literature review on usage of Kinect in pavement management and finally proposing the best approach which is cost-effective and precise.

  17. Kinect, a Novel Cutting Edge Tool in Pavement Data Collection

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    Mahmoudzadeh, A.; Firoozi Yeganeh, S.; Golroo, A.

    2015-12-01

    Pavement roughness and surface distress detection is of interest of decision makers due to vehicle safety, user satisfaction, and cost saving. Data collection, as a core of pavement management systems, is required for these detections. There are two major types of data collection: traditional/manual data collection and automated/semi-automated data collection. This paper study different non-destructive tools in detecting cracks and potholes. For this purpose, automated data collection tools, which have been utilized recently are discussed and their applications are criticized. The main issue is the significant amount of money as a capital investment needed to buy the vehicle. The main scope of this paper is to study the approach and related tools that not only are cost-effective but also precise and accurate. The new sensor called Kinect has all of these specifications. It can capture both RGB images and depth which are of significant use in measuring cracks and potholes. This sensor is able to take image of surfaces with adequate resolution to detect cracks along with measurement of distance between sensor and obstacles in front of it which results in depth of defects. This technology has been very recently studied by few researchers in different fields of studies such as project management, biomedical engineering, etc. Pavement management has not paid enough attention to use of Kinect in monitoring and detecting distresses. This paper is aimed at providing a thorough literature review on usage of Kinect in pavement management and finally proposing the best approach which is cost-effective and precise.

  18. Determination of the heating temperature of potholes surface on road pavement in the process of repairs using hot asphalt concrete mixes

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    Giyasov Botir Iminzhonovich

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available In the process of roads construction the necessary transport and operational characteristics should be achieved, which depend on the quality of the applied, material and technologies. Under the loads of transport means and the influence of weather conditions on the road pavement deformations and destructions occur, which lead to worsening of transport and operational characteristics, decrease of operational life of the road and they are often the reason of road accidents. According to the data of the Strategic Research Center of "Rosgosstrah" more than 20 % of road accidents in Russia occur due to bad quality of road pavement. One of the main directions in traffic security control and prolongation of operational life for road pavement of non-rigid type is road works, as a result of which defects of pavement are eliminated and in case of timely repairs of high quality the operational life of the road increases for several years. The most widely used material for non-rigid pavement repairs is hot road concrete mixes and in case of adherence to specifications they provide high quality of works. The authors investigate the problems of hot asphalt concrete mixes for repairs of road surfaces of non-rigid type. The results of the study hot asphalt concrete mix’s temperature regimes are offered in case of repair works considering the temperature delivered to the work site and the ambient temperature depending on the type of mix and class of bitumen.

  19. Pavement Performance Modeling A Case Study

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    Saranya Ullas

    2013-08-01

    Full Text Available Pavement deterioration is a complex process. It involves not only structural fatigue but also many functional distresses of pavement. It results from the interaction between traffic, climate, material and time. Deterioration is the term used to represent the change in pavement performance overtime. The ability of the road to satisfy the demands of traffic and environment over its design life is referred to as performance. Due to the great complexity of the road deterioration process, performance models are the best approximate predictors of expected conditions. In this study main distresses were identified from the selected road stretches. Regression models are then developed using SPSS (Statistical packages for social sciences package. T test is used to check the reliability of the model.

  20. Maintenance measures for preservation and recovery of permeable pavement surface infiltration rate - The effects of street sweeping, vacuum cleaning, high pressure washing, and milling.

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    Winston, Ryan J; Al-Rubaei, Ahmed M; Blecken, Godecke T; Viklander, Maria; Hunt, William F

    2016-03-15

    The surface infiltration rates (SIR) of permeable pavements decline with time as sediment and debris clog pore spaces. Effective maintenance techniques are needed to ensure the hydraulic functionality and water quality benefits of this stormwater control. Eight different small-scale and full-scale maintenance techniques aimed at recovering pavement permeability were evaluated at ten different permeable pavement sites in the USA and Sweden. Maintenance techniques included manual removal of the upper 2 cm of fill material, mechanical street sweeping, regenerative-air street sweeping, vacuum street sweeping, hand-held vacuuming, high pressure washing, and milling of porous asphalt. The removal of the upper 2 cm of clogging material did not significantly improve the SIR of concrete grid paves (CGP) and permeable interlocking concrete pavers (PICP) due to the inclusion of fines in the joint and bedding stone during construction, suggesting routine maintenance cannot overcome improper construction. For porous asphalt maintenance, industrial hand-held vacuum cleaning, pressure washing, and milling were increasingly successful at recovering the SIR. Milling to a depth of 2.5 cm nearly restored the SIR for a 21-year old porous asphalt pavement to like-new conditions. For PICP, street sweepers employing suction were shown to be preferable to mechanical sweepers; additionally, maintenance efforts may become more intensive over time to maintain a threshold SIR, as maintenance was not 100% effective at removing clogging material. PMID:26735865

  1. In situ determination of layer thickness and elastic moduli of asphalt pavement systems by spectral analysis of surface waves (SASW) method

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    Spectral analysis of surface waves (SASW) is a non-destructive and in situ method for determining the stiffness profile of soil and pavement sites. The method consists of generation, measurement, and processing of dispersive elastic waves in layered systems. The test is performed on the pavement surface at strain level below 0.001%, where the elastic properties are considered independent of strain amplitude. During an SASW test, the surface of the medium under investigation is subject to an impact to generate energy at various frequencies. Two vertical acceleration transducers are set up near the impact source to detect the energy transmitted through the testing media. By recording signals in digitised form using a data acquisition system and processing them, surface wave velocities can be determined by constructing a dispersion curve. Through forward modeling, the shear wave velocities can be obtained, which can be related to the variation of stiffness with depth. This paper presents the results of two case studies for near?surface profiling of two different asphalt pavement sites. (Author)

  2. Laboratory Characterization and Influence of Mineralogy and Grading on the Performance of Treated and Untreated Granular Materials Used as Surface Pavements in Unpaved Road

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    Pierre, P; Beaulieu, L.; J.-P. Bilodeau

    2010-01-01

    This paper presents the results of a laboratory study on the influence of grading and granular mineralogy sources (granitic gneiss, basalt and limestone) on the performance of treated and untreated granular materials used as surface pavements in unpaved roads. Results of bearing capacity, resilient modulus and compressive strength tests are discussed. Natural brine, calcium chloride, cement and a polymer emulsion treated samples were tested and compared to untreated samples. The combinations ...

  3. An experience on street pavement maintenance program in small region- (Bafq city

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    Khabiry Mehdi

    2009-05-01

    Full Text Available This paper reports an experience on Pavement Maintenance plan of the Research Team of the Islamic Azad University- Bafq Branch. The City of Bafq streets are failing at a growing rate, despite all the efforts of Pavement Management, improved efficiencies in street maintenance operations, contracted work and sharing equipment with other agencies. Pavements in this range show some form of distress or wear that requires more than a life extending achievement. In this group, a well-designed pavement will have served at least 75% of its life and the authority of the pavement has dropped by about 40%.

  4. Utilization of Advanced Diagnostic Methods for Texture and Rut Depth Analysis on a Testing Pavement Section

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    Slabej, Martin; Grinč, Michal; Kotek, Peter; Kováč, Matúš; Decký, Martin

    2015-05-01

    Qualitative characteristics of pavement in wide range reflects the pavement serviceability, which is a summary of the characteristics of the pavement, providing a fast, smooth, economical and especially safe driving of motor-vehicles. The target factor of pavement serviceability and safety of roads represents the quality of their surface properties. In the framework of research activities performed in the Research Centre founded under the auspices of University of Žilina, individual parameters of pavement serviceability were monitored by pavement surface scanning. This paper describes the creation of a 3D - road surface model and its analysis and evaluation from the viewpoint of two pavement serviceability parameters - the rut depth and texture. Measurements were performed on an experimental pavement section used contemporary in an Accelerated Pavement Testing experiment. The long-term goal is to ascertain functions predicting degradation of these two pavement serviceability parameters.

  5. Utilization of Advanced Diagnostic Methods for Texture and Rut Depth Analysis on a Testing Pavement Section

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    Slabej Martin

    2015-05-01

    Full Text Available Qualitative characteristics of pavement in wide range reflects the pavement serviceability, which is a summary of the characteristics of the pavement, providing a fast, smooth, economical and especially safe driving of motor-vehicles. The target factor of pavement serviceability and safety of roads represents the quality of their surface properties. In the framework of research activities performed in the Research Centre founded under the auspices of University of Žilina, individual parameters of pavement serviceability were monitored by pavement surface scanning. This paper describes the creation of a 3D - road surface model and its analysis and evaluation from the viewpoint of two pavement serviceability parameters - the rut depth and texture. Measurements were performed on an experimental pavement section used contemporary in an Accelerated Pavement Testing experiment. The long-term goal is to ascertain functions predicting degradation of these two pavement serviceability parameters.

  6. Study on Flexible Pavement Failures in Soft Soil Tropical Regions

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    Jayakumar, M.; Chee Soon, Lee

    2015-04-01

    Road network system experienced rapid upgrowth since ages ago and it started developing in Malaysia during the colonization of British due to its significant impacts in transportation field. Flexible pavement, the major road network in Malaysia, has been deteriorating by various types of distresses which cause descending serviceability of the pavement structure. This paper discusses the pavement condition assessment carried out in Sarawak and Sabah, Malaysia to have design solutions for flexible pavement failures. Field tests were conducted to examine the subgrade strength of existing roads in Sarawak at various failure locations, to assess the impact of subgrade strength on pavement failures. Research outcomes from field condition assessment and subgrade testing showed that the critical causes of pavement failures are inadequate design and maintenance of drainage system and shoulder cross fall, along with inadequate pavement thickness provided by may be assuming the conservative value of soil strength at optimum moisture content, whereas the exiting and expected subgrade strengths at equilibrium moisture content are far below. Our further research shows that stabilized existing recycled asphalt and base materials to use as a sub-base along with bitumen stabilized open graded base in the pavement composition may be a viable solution for pavement failures.

  7. An Investigation into the Mechanics of Windblown Dust Entrainment from Nickel Slag Surfaces Resembling Armoured Desert Pavements

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    Sanderson, Robert Steven

    The purpose of this thesis is to investigate the dynamics of PM 10 emission from a nickel slag stockpile that closely resembles a desert pavement in physical characteristics. In the field, it was observed that slag surfaces develop by natural processes into a well-armoured surface over some period of time. The surface then consists of two distinct layers; a surficial armour layer containing only non-erodible gravel and cobble-sized clasts, and an underlying dust-laden layer, which contains a wide size range of slag particles, from clay-sized to cobble-sized. This surficial armour layer protects the underlying fines from wind entrainment, at least under typical wind conditions; however, particle emissions still do occur under high wind speeds. The dynamics of particle entrainment from within these surfaces are investigated herein. It is shown that the dynamics of the boundary layer flow over these lag surfaces are influenced by the inherent roughness and permeability of the surficial armour layer, such that the flow resembles those observed over and within vegetation canopies, and those associated with permeable gravel-bed river channels. Restriction of air flow within the permeable surface produces a high-pressure zone within the pore spaces, resulting in a Kelvin-Helmholtz shear instability, which triggers coherent motions in the form of repeating burst-sweep cycles. Using Laser Doppler Anemometry (LDA), it is demonstrated that the lower boundary layer is characterized by both Q4 sweeping motions and Q2 bursting motions, while the upper boundary layer is dominated by Q2 bursts. Pore air motions within the slag material were measured using buried pressure ports. It is shown that the mean pressure gradient which forms within the slag material results in net upward displacement of air, or wind pumping. However, this net upward motion is a result of rapid oscillatory motions which are directly driven by coherent boundary layer motions. It is also demonstrated that these coherent motions are able to penetrate at least 4 cm through the surficial armour layer, thereby transporting turbulent kinetic energy (TKE) downward to the dust-laden sub-surface layer. This represents a mechanism of momentum transfer that is able to reach the erodible material, while the wind pumping effect represents a mechanism for particle exhaustion.

  8. The reflective cracking in the pavement overlay design

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    Pais, Jorge C.; Pereira, Paulo A. A.; Capitão, Silvino Dias; Sousa, J.

    2003-01-01

    This paper describes a new pavement overlay design method that takes into account the reflective cracking as the most predominant type of overlay distress. This phenomenon is characterized as the propagation of old cracks to the new pavement layer. The models proposed are based on a finite element model that closely approximates actual field phenomena based on measurements done on Arizona and Portugal. Test sections have been constructed to access the effect of overlay thickness, crack width ...

  9. Analysis of pavement serviceability for the Aashto Design Method: The Chilean Case

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    Serviceability is an indicator that represents the level of service a pavement provides to the users. This subjective opinion is closely related to objective aspects, which can be measured on the pavement's surface. This research aims specifically at relating serviceability results obtained by a 9-member evaluation panel, representing general public as closely as possible to parameters (particularly of roughness) measured within instruments on 30, 25 and 11 road sections of asphalt concrete, Portland cement concrete and asphalt overlay respectively. Results show that prediction of serviceability is quite accurate based on roughness evaluation, while also revealing that, by comparison to studies in more developed countries, Chileans are seemingly more tolerant, in that they assign a somewhat high rating to ride quality. Furthermore, visible distress does not have a significant influence on serviceability values for Chilean users. A ratio between International Roughness Index (IRI) and Serviceability, as defined by AASHTO, was developed and may be used in this design method. Results for the final pavement condition of urban pavements were obtained (IRI-asphalt final=5.9, IRI-concrete final=8.1). (author)

  10. Monitoring the condition of roads pavement surfaces: proposal of methodology using hyperspectral images / Monitoramento das condies das superfcies de pavimentos rodovirios: proposta de metodologia utilizando imagens hiperespectrais

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    Marcos Ribeiro, Resende; Liedi Legi Bariani, Bernucci; Jos Alberto, Quintanilha.

    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available No atual sistema de concesses rodoviria do Brasil ambos, concessionrias e agncias reguladoras tm a misso de melhorar a qualidade dos pavimentos rodovirios no Pas. Tal situao requer a pesquisa e a identificao de novas ferramentas que facilitem o levantamento das condies dos pavimentos r [...] odovirios num tempo e custos menores que os mtodos usuais. Recentemente, se verificou um grande aumento da disponibilidade de imagens de sensoriamento remoto com alta resoluo espacial, seguindo uma tendncia do mercado de novos satlites de sensoriamento remoto, e de sensores aerotransportados. De forma similar, imagens multi e hiperespectrais esto disponveis tanto comercialmente quanto para a pesquisa cientfica. O artigo apresenta uma nova metodologia para a identificao das condies do asfalto em superfcies pavimentadas e uma classificao dos tipos de defeitos identificveis a partir de imagens hiperespectrais adquiridas por sensores aerotransportados. O objetivo do artigo o de mostrar que ndices das condies das superfcies dos pavimentos asfaltados gerados via imagens hiperespectrais podem ser comparados com os indicadores vigentes, utilizados pela agncia reguladora nacional. Abstract in english With the current system of concession roads in Brazil, both concessionaires and regulatory agents have been charged with improving the quality of the pavement on Brazilian highways. This situation requires the search for new tools that can facilitate the survey of pavement conditions in less time an [...] d at a lower cost than traditional methods. Recently, an increasing number of high-resolution spatial images have become available on the world market following the development of new remote sensing satellites and airborne sensors. Similarly, multispectral images and even hyperspectral images are now available commercially and for scientific research. The paper presents a new methodology for the identification of asphalted pavement surfaces condition and the classification of the main types of asphalt defects using hyperspectral images from airborne digital sensors. The objective of this study was to generate indexes of pavement conditions from images that can be compared with the indicators of pavement surface conditions already used by national regulatory agencies.

  11. Permeable Pavement Research - Edison, New Jersey

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    This presentation provides the background and summary of results collected at the permeable pavement parking lot monitored at the EPA facility in Edison, NJ. This parking lot is surfaced with permeable interlocking concrete pavers (PICP), pervious concrete, and porous asphalt. ...

  12. Airfield pavement design

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    Fabre, C.; LERAT, P; BALAY,JM

    2003-01-01

    In an international context featuring the advant of increasingly heavy aircraft with new types of landing gear (B777, A380 etc), this article describes recent research concerning the structural design of airfield pavements, as part of various programs : renewal of airfield pavement structural design methods, and load testing on A380 PEP runaways (the only full-scale test programme for airfiels pavements in Western Europe). These programmes allhave the same objective : to obtain a better under...

  13. Pavement Testing Facility

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    Federal Laboratory Consortium — Comprehensive Environmental and Structural Analyses The ERDC Pavement Testing Facility, located on the ERDC Vicksburg campus, was originally constructed to provide...

  14. Pavement Subgrade Performance Study

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    Zhang, Wei; Ullidtz, Per; Macdonald, Robin

    1998-01-01

    The report describes the second test in the Danish Road Testing Machine (RTM) under the International Pavement Subgrade Performance Study. Pavement response was measured in different layers, and compared to different theroretical values. Performance in terms of plastic strains, rutting and...

  15. Asphalt in Pavement Maintenance.

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    Maintenance methods that can be used equally well in all regions of the country have been developed for the use of asphalt in pavement maintenance. Specific information covering methods, equipment and terminology that applies to the use of asphalt in the maintenance of all types of pavement structures, including shoulders, is provided. In many…

  16. Performance Evaluation of Flexible Pavements: A Case Study

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    V.K Chakravarthi1 ,

    2015-10-01

    Full Text Available : Flexible pavements get distress during their service life because of increase in traffic particularly commercial vehicles. The present study focuses on finding the increase of magnitude of deformations from 2008 to 2015 traffic data using ANSYS for which the BRTS stretch in Visakhapatnam is considering five locations along the stretch.

  17. Effect Of Geopathic Stress On Bituminous Pavement

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    B.H.CHAFEKAR

    2013-06-01

    Full Text Available This paper basically for the investigation of Geopathic Stress Zones along the road. Geopathic stress is detrimental energy emanating from the earth and leading to long-term harm to susceptible humans, animals and plants which are exposed to them in their environment. Detection of geopathic location has been done by Experimental investigations on road alignment of one KM, by performing distresses survey, dowsing and by magnetic field detector to investigate the Geopathic Stress. Due to such energies emitted by the earth distresses may occurs on road pavements. It is found that, where geopathic stress occurs a copper L rod gets deflected, also get abrupt changes in magnetic field where the distresses occurs.

  18. FUEL CONSUMPTION & ENERGY DISSIPATION THROUGH ROAD PAVEMENT CHARACTERISTIC

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    Dipanjan Mukherjee

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available This thesis estimates the effect of pavement characteristic on energy dissipation of a rolling vehicle tyre. On objective of this study is to compare the relative amount of energy dissipated in pavement by the rolling depending on the pavement materials surface condition & environmental condition also. The study also assesses the effect of the vertical deflection, induced by the tyre, on overall energy dissipation in pavement. A comprehensive literature was carried out to prove a wide background for the study. Field measures and laboratory tests were discussed to provide basis for analyses. Results indicate that energy dissipated in pavement significantly depend on the characteristic of pavement. An obvious influence of speed on energy dissipation can be found only when the stiffness in a low level.

  19. Assessment of porous asphalt pavement performance: hydraulics and water quality

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    Briggs, J. F.; Ballestero, T. P.; Roseen, R. M.; Houle, J. J.

    2005-05-01

    The objective of this study is to focus on the water quality treatment and hydraulic performance of a porous asphalt pavement parking lot in Durham, New Hampshire. The site was constructed in October 2004 to assess the suitability of porous asphalt pavement for stormwater management in cold climates. The facility consists of a 4-inch asphalt open-graded friction course layer overlying a high porosity sand and gravel base. This base serves as a storage reservoir in-between storms that can slowly infiltrate groundwater. Details on the design, construction, and cost of the facility will be presented. The porous asphalt pavements is qualitatively monitored for signs of distress, especially those due to cold climate stresses like plowing, sanding, salting, and freeze-thaw cycles. Life cycle predictions are discussed. Surface infiltration rates are measured with a constant head device built specifically to test high infiltration capacity pavements. The test measures infiltration rates in a single 4-inch diameter column temporarily sealed to the pavement at its base. A surface inundation test, as described by Bean, is also conducted as a basis for comparison of results (Bean, 2004). These tests assess infiltration rates soon after installation, throughout the winter, during snowmelt, after a winter of salting, sanding, and plowing, and after vacuuming in the spring. Frost penetration into the subsurface reservoir is monitored with a frost gauge. Hydrologic effects of the system are evaluated. Water levels are monitored in the facility and in surrounding wells with continuously logging pressure transducers. The 6-inch underdrain pipe that conveys excess water in the subsurface reservoir to a riprap pad is also continuously monitored for flow. Since porous asphalt pavement systems infiltrate surface water into the subsurface, it is important to assess whether water quality treatment performance in the subsurface reservoir is adequate. The assumed influent water quality is derived from that which is entering the stormwater treatment system in the adjacent parking lot. Since the facility is new, parking has been less intensive here, and influent concentrations will be adjusted down accordingly. Several wells have been installed in and around the facility. Screened intervals are at two levels; in the reservoir and beneath the facility. One well in the facility is continually monitored for basic water quality parameters (temperature, specific conductivity, pH, dissolved oxygen) and level, and is also sampled with an automated refrigerated sampler. Grab samples are collected from the other wells as a basis for comparison. Water samples are collected during several storm events and during interstorm periods to assess water quality treatment performance. The samples are analyzed for nutrients, metals, petroleum hydrocarbons, and pathogens. The potential for leaching of pollutants from the asphalt binder will also be assessed during these storm events. Water quality treatment performance is compared to those of several other studies. Updates on spring 2005 data are also included in the presentation.

  20. Modeling the Pavement Present Serviceability Index of Flexible Highway Pavements Using Data Mining

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    Serdal Terzi

    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available The term present serviceability was adopted to represent the momentary ability of pavement to serve traffic and the performance of the pavement was represented by its serviceability history in conjunction with its load application history. Serviceability was found to be influenced by longitudinal and transverse profile as well as the extent of cracking and patching. The amount of weight to assign to each element in the determination of the over-all serviceability is a matter of subjective opinion. In the present study, a regression tree model has been presented for determining flexible pavement surface layer thickness. The model, RT was selected as estimating method. Results show that wearing course thickness of flexible pavement regression values of the regression tree model is better than that of the AASHO model. This approach can be easily and realistically performed to solve the optimization problems which do not have a formulation or function about the solution.

  1. Field Evaluation of Nondestructive Tests in Measuring the Pavement Layers Density

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    H. Divandary

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available The aim of this study was field evaluation of nondestructive devices in measuring the density of road layers. Density may be considered as a reliable criterion for evaluating pavement quality and has a high level of importance in that it can ensure the proper performance of pavement at least prior the period of life-time. At present time, the most current and also accurate method to determine in-situ density of asphalt mixture is core sample method, however it has some disadvantages. As well as being costly and time consuming, core sample method causes some distress on the pavement surface and it is not possible to repeat the test for a specific location. In view of this, some attempts were made to develop new methods as alternatives for core sample method. And as such, nondestructive tests have grown into a huge area over the last few years. These tests including nuclear and nonnuclear nondestructive tests do not have the limitations of core sample method. In this study, field evaluation in a new constructed part of a highway was conducted using pavement quality indicator (PQI301 and Troxler nuclear gauge (Model HS-5001EZ. According to the results of validation tests for nondestructive devices (PQI and Nuclear devices, PQI device has sufficient reliability to determine density of asphalt mixture layer but Nuclear device is not reliable to determine density. The obtained results from validation of nuclear device revealed that it has sufficient reliability to determine density of soil layers. Also it was found that the role of calibration procedure in obtaining correct readings From PQI device is highly critical.

  2. A Framework for Quantification of Effect of Drainage Quality on Structural and Functional Performance of Pavement

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    Jitendra Gurjar, Pradeep Kumar Agarwal, Manoj Kumar Sharma

    2013-07-01

    Full Text Available Drainage quality is an important parameter which affects the highway pavement performance. Excessive water content in the pavement base, sub-base, and sub-grade soils can cause early distress and lead to a structural or functional failure of pavement. Thus, when selecting appropriate maintenance strategies the cost of pavement maintenance needs to be compared with the cost of improving the quality of drainage. Hence, there is a need to quantify the effect of various types of drainage quality on performance of the pavement. However, very few studies have investigated to what extent quality of drainage affects the performance of pavement. Therefore, this study identifies a simple framework for quantification of effect of drainage quality on structural as well as functional performance of the pavement. The proposed framework presents the structural and functional performance of the pavement is predicted in terms of deflection and roughness respectively. It is expected that this study will useful to reduce the maintenance cost of highway pavement system and hence will be useful to preserve huge highway network in India.

  3. Runway Operability under Cold Weather Conditions. Tire-pavement friction creation by sand particles on iced pavements, and non-contacting detection of sand particles on pavements

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    Klein-Paste, Alex

    2007-01-01

    Airports that operate under cold weather conditions face major challenges in ensuring that runways, taxiways and aprons provide sufficient tire-pavement friction to the operating aircraft. This thesis is motivated by two practical problems: (1) maintaining or improving the pavement surface conditions in an, for airline companies, acceptable state and (2) accurately reporting the actual surface conditions to the relevant actors (pilots, air traffic control, winter maintenance services). The pr...

  4. The impact of geology on the performance of a bituminous surfaced pavementa case study from southeastern Nigeria

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    Okagbue, C. O.; Uma, K. O.

    One of the multi-million Naira dual carriageways in Nigeria, the Enugu-Port Harcourt expressway, has continued to experience failure at some sections, namely the stretches covering Lokpaukwu, Lokpanta, and Leru. This road section which, unlike others, does not respond to regular and routine maintenance, is concentrated on one geologic formation, the Eze Aku Shale which has been intruded by a dolerite sill. The emplacement of the dolerite sill had resulted in intense fracturing of the shales in the vicinity of the intrusions which includes portions of where the express road crosses. The road problem is most severe where the dolerite sill is traced right under and across the road. There is evidence from the study that the road problem is linked to the geological/hydrogeological conditions of the area. For example, the problematic section of the road is built on a considerably jointed, fractured and weathered shale formation as a subgrade. The subgrade ultimately has low bearing capacity. The road is almost at the foot of an escarpment where there is a concentration of natural groundwater discharge. Most of the discharge zones including natural water courses are now almost blocked resulting in increased groundwater storage and rise in water table under the highway pavement. This leads to fast deterioration of the base course materials. The dolerite sill, where it crosses the road, is less than 2 m below the grade level. It impedes vertical infiltration as well as lateral groundwater flow. Thus its position with respect to the highway grade elevation leads to an almost perpetual wetting of the base and sub-base materials.

  5. Weak interlayers in flexible and semi-flexible road pavements: Part 1

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    F Netterberg; Beer, M

    2012-01-01

    Weak layers, interlayers, laminations and/or interfaces in the upper structural layers of road pavements are specifically prohibited in most road-building specifications. However, such layers are extremely common and often lead to premature pavement distress. In Part 1 of this two-part set of papers, it is shown that from experience with heavy vehicle simulator (HVS) and dynamic cone penetrometer (DCP) testing, the presence of such layers and/or conditions at any depth in the structural layer...

  6. Some advances/results in monitoring road cracks from 2D pavement images within the scope of the collaborative FP7 TRIMM project

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    Baltazart, Vincent; Moliard, Jean-Marc; Amhaz, Rabih; Wright, Dean; Jethwa, Manish

    2015-04-01

    Monitoring road surface conditions is an important issue in many countries. Several projects have looked into this issue in recent years, including TRIMM 2011-2014. The objective of such projects has been to detect surface distresses, like cracking, raveling and water ponding, in order to plan effective road maintenance and to afford a better sustainability of the pavement. The monitoring of cracking conventionally focuses on open cracks on the surface of the pavement, as opposed to reflexive cracks embedded in the pavement materials. For monitoring surface condition, in situ human visual inspection has been gradually replaced by automatic image data collection at traffic speed. Off-line image processing techniques have been developed for monitoring surface condition in support of human visual control. Full automation of crack monitoring has been approached with caution, and depends on a proper manual assessment of the performance. This work firstly presents some aspects of the current state of monitoring that have been reported so far in the literature and in previous projects: imaging technology and image processing techniques. Then, the work presents the two image processing techniques that have been developed within the scope of the TRIMM project to automatically detect pavement cracking from images. The first technique is a heuristic approach (HA) based on the search for gradient within the image. It was originally developed to process pavement images from the French imaging device, Aigle-RN. The second technique, the Minimal Path Selection (MPS) method, has been developed within an ongoing PhD work at IFSTTAR. The proposed new technique provides a fine and accurate segmentation of the crack pattern along with the estimation of the crack width. HA has been assessed against the field data collection provided by Yotta and TRL with the imaging device Tempest 2. The performance assessment has been threefold: first it was performed against the reference data set including 130 km of pavement images over UK roads, second over a few selected short sections of contiguous pavement images, and finally over a few sample images as a case study. The performance of MPS has been assessed against an older image data base. Pixel-based PGT was available to provide the most sensitive performance assessment. MPS has shown its ability to provide a very accurate cracking pattern without reducing the image resolution on the segmented images. Thus, it allows measurement of the crack width; it is found to behave more robustly against the image texture and better matched for dealing with low contrast pavement images. The benchmarking of seven automatic segmentation techniques has been provided at both the pixel and the grid levels. The performance assessment includes three minimal path selection algorithms, namely MPS, Free Form Anisotropy (FFA), one geodesic contour with automatic selection of points of interests (GC-POI), HA, and two Markov-based methods. Among others, MPS approach reached the best performance at the pixel level while it is matched to the FFA approach at the grid level. Finally, the project has emphasized the need for a reliable ground truth data collection. Owing to its accuracy, MPS may serve as a reference benchmark for other methods to provide the automatic segmentation of pavement images at the pixel level and beyond. As a counterpart, MPS requires a reduction in the computing time. Keywords: cracking, automatic segmentation, image processing, pavement, surface distress, monitoring, DICE, performance

  7. Classificao hbrida: pixel a pixel e baseada em objetos para o monitoramento da condio da superfcie dos pavimentos rodovirios / Hybrid classification: pixel by pixel and object based to monitor the surface conditions of road pavements

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    Marcos Ribeiro, Resende; Liedi Lgi Barianni, Bernucci; Jos Alberto, Quintanilha.

    2012-09-01

    Full Text Available Monitorar a condio de uso de toda a extenso das rodovias brasileiras tarefa dispendiosa e demorada. Este trabalho trata de novas tcnicas que permitem o levantamento da condio da superfcie dos pavimentos rodovirios de forma gil utilizando imagens hiperespectrais de sensor digital aeroembar [...] cado. Nos ltimos anos, um nmero crescente de imagens de alta resoluo espacial tem surgido no mercado mundial com o aparecimento dos novos satlites e sensores aeroembarcados de sensoriamento remoto. Prope-se uma metodologia para identificao dos pavimentos asflticos e classificao das principais ocorrncias dos defeitos na superfcie do pavimento. A primeira etapa da metodologia a identificao da superfcie asfltica na imagem, utilizando uma classificao hbrida baseada inicialmente em pixel e depois refinada por objetos. A segunda etapa da metodologia a identificao e classificao das ocorrncias dos principais defeitos nos pavimentos flexveis que so observveis nas imagens de alta resoluo espacial. Esta ltima etapa faz uso intensivo das novas tcnicas de classificao de imagens baseadas em objetos. O resultado final a gerao de ndices da condio da superfcie do pavimento a partir das imagens que possam ser comparados com os indicadores vigentes da condio da superfcie do pavimento j normatizados pelos rgos competentes no pas. Abstract in english Monitoring every Brazilian road use condition is an expensive and time consuming task. This research deals with new techniques which will yield a quick survey of road surface pavement condition by using hyperspectral images from airborne remote sensing. Recently, an increasing number of images with [...] high spatial resolution has emerged on the world market with the advent of new remote sensing satellites and airborne sensors. Hyperspectral images from digital airborne sensor have been used in this work. A new identification methodology for a pavement surface and also for classification of the main defects of the surface has been devised. The first step of the methodology is the identification of the asphalt surface in the image, by using hybrid classification based on pixel initially and then improved by objects. The second step of the methodology is the identification and classification of the main defects of pavement surface that are observable in high spatial resolution imagery. This step makes intensive use of new techniques for classification of images based on objects. The goal is the generation of pavement surface condition index from the images which can be compared to quality index of pavement surface already managed by the regulatory agency in the country.

  8. Pavement Evaluation and Maintenance Decisions Based on Fuzzy Inference Systems

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    Beltrán-Calvo Gloria Inés

    2014-07-01

    Full Text Available The remaining service life and maintenance decisions of existing pavements are highly dependent on stiffness and deterioration conditions throughout their operation. A non-conventional fuzzy logic based methodology is proposed in this work to address the stiffness-deterioration condition and conservation decisions, by means of three Fuzzy Inference Systems. Analysis were conducted using a database gathered from field tests performed on three and four layer pavement systems, that included traditional layer structuring and pavements having a subbase stiffer than their granular base. Information about layer thicknesses, magnitude and severity of structural distresses, and parameters and indicators derived from deflection testing by impulse load devices were used. The developed systems, allowed representing expert knowledge and linguistic variables of subjective and qualitative nature, commonly used to describe the severity levels of deterioration; thus they can be involved into structural characterization of pavements. Results were also expressed linguistically, to facilitate their interpretation and understanding. Based on the high quality of results obtained, it seems reasonable to conclude that the proposed systems could be used confidently for assessing and making decisions about pavement conservation, with low computational cost.

  9. Improvement of the functional pavement quality with asphalt rubber mixtures

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    Fontes, Liseane P. T. L.; Pereira, Paulo A. A.; Pais, Jorge C.; Trichês, Glicério

    2006-01-01

    Skid resistance and texture are important safety characteristics which need to be considered in flexible pavement design, maintenance and rehabilitation. The main objective of this paper is to optimize surface texture characteristics in asphalt rubber pavements, mainly macrotexture to reduce splash, spray and hydroplaning and microtexture to increase friction at low and high speeds. The objective was accomplished by measuring the friction surface with two different tests: (i) B...

  10. The impact of material characteristics on tire pavement interaction noise for flexible pavements

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    Kocak, Salih

    Noise pollution has recently been one of the growing problems all over the world. While there are many sources of the noise, traffic noise is the main contributor to the total environmental noise. Although there are different sources for traffic noise, the tire pavement interaction noise is the most dominant component within most city and highway limits. One of the ways to reduce the tire pavement noise is to improve the material characteristics of the pavements such that they produce less noise. In this study, the relationship between basic material characteristics (e.g., Hot Mix Asphalt (HMA) volumetrics) and sound generation and absorption characteristics of flexible pavements was investigated. In addition, the effect of linear visco-elastic properties (e.g., dynamic modulus (|E*|) and phase angle (delta)) on sound absorption was studied. In order to focus only on impact of material characteristics and overshadow the effect of surface texture, a novel laboratory tire pavement noise measurement simulator (TIPANOS) was developed. The statistical analysis results showed that although the individual material characteristics do not have appreciable influence on sound absorption, there is a significant correlation between sound pressure levels (SPL) and combination of several material and linear visco-elastic parameters.

  11. Evaluation of base widening methods on flexible pavements in Wyoming

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    Offei, Edward

    The surface transportation system forms the biggest infrastructure investment in the United States of which the roadway pavement is an integral part. Maintaining the roadways can involve rehabilitation in the form of widening, which requires a longitudinal joint between the existing and new pavement sections to accommodate wider travel lanes, additional travel lanes or modification to shoulder widths. Several methods are utilized for the joint construction between the existing and new pavement sections including vertical, tapered and stepped joints. The objective of this research is to develop a formal recommendation for the preferred joint construction method that provides the best base layer support for the state of Wyoming. Field collection of Dynamic Cone Penetrometer (DCP) data, Falling Weight Deflectometer (FWD) data, base samples for gradation and moisture content were conducted on 28 existing and 4 newly constructed pavement widening projects. A survey of constructability issues on widening projects as experienced by WYDOT engineers was undertaken. Costs of each joint type were compared as well. Results of the analyses indicate that the tapered joint type showed relatively better pavement strength compared to the vertical joint type and could be the preferred joint construction method. The tapered joint type also showed significant base material savings than the vertical joint type. The vertical joint has an 18% increase in cost compared to the tapered joint. This research is intended to provide information and/or recommendation to state policy makers as to which of the base widening joint techniques (vertical, tapered, stepped) for flexible pavement provides better pavement performance.

  12. Modeling Deflection Basin Using Neurofuzzy in Backcaluculating Flexible Pavement Layer Moduli

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    Mehmet Saltan

    2002-01-01

    Full Text Available Flexible pavement surface condition date play a principle role in the evaluation of pavement structural capacity and in the design of pavement rehabilitation programs. Flexible pavements are affected by moving vehicles, climate and other environmental factors. As a result of these factors, the pavement starts to deteriorate. In order to prevent further deterioration, a maintenance program should be carried out at right time and right places. For the determination of the structural carrying capacity of the pavement, non-destructive testing equipments are used. In such a process, the most important thing is to analyse the collected data. A backcalculation procedure is carried out for back-calculation elastic modules for each layer effective in the pavement life. The input data are usually restricted to the pavement surface deflection or its basin obtained by Nondestructive testing as the Falling Weight Deflectometer (FWD. Generally, linear elastic and finite element based programs are used for back-calculating, but they are both time consuming. It is also important to simulate deflection basin realistically in backcalculating pavement layer moduli. For this purpose, NeuroFuzzy method is used for simulation deflection basin during the course of this study. Results indicate that the NeuroFuzzy can be used for backcalculation of flexible pavement layer moduli with great improvement and accuracy.

  13. A Study on Overlay Design of Repeatedly Deteriorating Flexible Pavement

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    Mahendrakar Kiran Kumar; D.Gouse Peera; Konge Praveen Kumar

    2015-01-01

    A factor, which causes further concern in India, is very high and very low pavement temperature in some parts of the country. Under these conditions, flexible pavements tend to become soft in summer and brittle in winter. Further increase in road traffic during the last one decade with an unduly low level of maintenance has contributed to accelerated deterioration of road surfacing. To prevent this deterioration process, several types of measures may be adopted effectively such as improved d...

  14. A real-time 3D scanning system for pavement distortion inspection

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    Pavement distortions, such as rutting and shoving, are the common pavement distress problems that need to be inspected and repaired in a timely manner to ensure ride quality and traffic safety. This paper introduces a real-time, low-cost inspection system devoted to detecting these distress features using high-speed 3D transverse scanning techniques. The detection principle is the dynamic generation and characterization of the 3D pavement profile based on structured light triangulation. To improve the accuracy of the system, a multi-view coplanar scheme is employed in the calibration procedure so that more feature points can be used and distributed across the field of view of the camera. A sub-pixel line extraction method is applied for the laser stripe location, which includes filtering, edge detection and spline interpolation. The pavement transverse profile is then generated from the laser stripe curve and approximated by line segments. The second-order derivatives of the segment endpoints are used to identify the feature points of possible distortions. The system can output the real-time measurements and 3D visualization of rutting and shoving distress in a scanned pavement

  15. Use of lime cement stabilized pavement construction

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    Kumar, M.A.; Raju, G.V.R.P. [JNTU College of Engineering, Kakinada (India). Dept. of Civil Engineering

    2009-08-15

    Expansive clay is a major source of heave induced structural distress. Swelling of expansive soils causes serious problems and produce damages to many structures. Many research organizations are doing extensive work on waste materials concerning the feasibility and environmental suitability. Fly ash, a waste by product from coal burning in thermal power stations, is abundant in India causing severe health, environmental and disposal problems. Attempts are made to investigate the stabilization process with model test tracks over expansive subgrade in flexible pavements. Cyclic plate load tests are carried out on the tracks with chemicals like lime and cement introduced in fly ash subbase laid on sand and expansive subgrades. Test results show that maximum load carrying capacity is obtained for stabilized fly ash subbase compared to untreated fly ash subbase.

  16. Geotextiles in Flexible Pavement Construction

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    Alungbe, Gabriel D.

    2004-01-01

    People everywhere in the developed world regularly drive on paved roads. Learning about the construction techniques and materials used in paving benefits technology and construction students. This article discusses the use of geosynthetic textiles in pavement construction. It presents background on pavements and describes geotextiles and drainage…

  17. Evaluation of pavement skid resistance using high speed texture measurement

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    Jay N. Meegoda

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available Skid resistance is an important parameter for highway designs, construction, management, maintenance and safety. The purpose of this manuscript is to propose the correlation between skid resistance, which is measured as skid resistance trailer, and mean profile depth (MPD or the macro surface texture, which is measured by vehicle mounted laser, so that highway agencies can predict the skid resistance of pavement without the use of expensive and time consuming skid resistance trailer, which also causes disruption of traffic in use. In this research skid numbers and MPD from 5 new asphalt pavements and 4 old asphalt pavements were collected using a locked wheel skid trailer and a vehicle mounted laser. Using the data collected, a correlation between the skid number (SN40R collected by locked wheel skid tester and the texture data or MPD collected by a vehicle mounted laser operating at highway speeds was developed. The proposed correlation for new pavements was positive for MPD values less than 0.75 mm to reach a peak SN40R value, then there was a negative correlation as the MPD increases until the MPD value was equal to 1.1 mm and beyond the MPD value of 1.1 mm to the maximum value of 1.4 mm, SN40R value remained almost constant. There were significant data scatter for the MPD value of 0.8 mm. To explain these results, water film thickness during the friction test was calculated and the critical MPD was defined. The effect of sealed water pool on the SN40R was discussed. The test result showed a similar trend for older asphalt pavements, but with lower SN40R values due to the polishing of pavement micro-texture by traffic. Hence, a reduction factor was proposed for older pavements based on cumulative traffic volume for the above correlation to predict the skid resistance of older pavements.

  18. Subsurface defect detection in first layer of pavement structure and reinforced civil engineering structure by FRP bonding using active infrared thermography

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    Dumoulin, Jean; Ibos, Laurent

    2010-05-01

    In many countries road network ages while road traffic and maintenance costs increase. Nowadays, thousand and thousand kilometers of roads are each year submitted to surface distress survey. They generally lean on pavement surface imaging measurement techniques, mainly in the visible spectrum, coupled with visual inspection or image processing detection of emergent distresses. Nevertheless, optimisation of maintenance works and costs requires an early detection of defects within the pavement structure when they still are hidden from surface. Accordingly, alternative measurement techniques for pavement monitoring are currently under investigation (seismic methods, step frequency radar). On the other hand, strengthening or retrofitting of reinforced concrete structures by externally bonded Fiber Reinforced Polymer (FRP) systems is now a commonly accepted and widespread technique. However, the use of bonding techniques always implies following rigorous installing procedures. To ensure the durability and long-term performance of the FRP reinforcements, conformance checking through an in situ auscultation of the bonded FRP systems is then highly suitable. The quality-control program should involve a set of adequate inspections and tests. Visual inspection and acoustic sounding (hammer tap) are commonly used to detect delaminations (disbonds) but are unable to provide sufficient information about the depth (in case of multilayered composite) and width of debonded areas. Consequently, rapid and efficient inspection methods are also required. Among the non destructive methods under study, active infrared thermography was investigated both for pavement and civil engineering structures through experiments in laboratory and numerical simulations, because of its ability to be also used on field. Pulse Thermography (PT), Pulse Phase Thermography (PPT) and Principal Component Thermography (PCT) approaches have been tested onto pavement samples and CFRP bonding on concrete samples in laboratory. In parallel numerical simulations have been used to generate a set of time sequence of thermal maps for simulated samples with and without subsurface defect. Using this set of experimental and simulated data different approaches (thermal contrast, FFT analysis, polynomial interpolation, singular value decomposition…) for defect location have been studied and compared. Defect depth retrieval was also studied on such data using different thermal model coupled to a direct or an inverse approach. Trials were conducted both with an uncooled and cooled infrared camera with different measurement performances. Results obtained will be discussed and analysed in the paper we plan to present. Finally, combining numerical simulations and experiments allows us discussing on the sensitivity influence of the infrared camera used to detect subsurface defects.

  19. Impact of Vehicle Class and Tire Pressure on Pavement Performance in MEPDG

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    Mohamed I. E. Attia

    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available The new Mechanistic-Empirical Pavement Design Guide (MEPDG design and analysis procedures defines the exact traffic loading by defining the specific number of each vehicle class and the use of axle load distribution factors instead of the equivalent single axle load (ESAL. The number of traffic inputs (parameters in MEPDG was found to be 17024. This research aimed to evaluate the sensitivity of the predicted flexible pavement distress to vehicle class and tire pressure in MEPDG. To evaluate the impact of vehicle (truck class on pavement sections, different cases of loading were analyzed. For each case, the MEPDG Ver. 1.1 was used to evaluate the effect of tire pressure by solving each case for a tire pressure of 120 and 140 psi. The effect of the traffic parameters on asphalt pavement (AC rutting, base rutting, subgrade rutting, international roughness index (IRI, longitudinal cracking and fatigue (alligator cracking were investigated. It was found that vehicle class distribution (VCD would cause clear impact (comparable to the effect of AADTT level only if the major traffic is of specific class (very light or very heavy. If this is not the case, the vehicle class distribution will not be a significant factor that affects the final design because most of the trucks had similar impact on flexible pavement distresses. The impact of tire pressure is clear on longitudinal cracking, fatigue cracking and AC rutting, and have no significant impact on both base and subgrade rutting.

  20. Pavement management using hyperspectral imagery

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    Ayalew, Balehager; Gomez, Richard B.; Roper, William E.; Carrasco, Oscar

    2003-08-01

    Public Works facilities require up-to-date information on the health status of the road network they maintain. However, roadway maintenance and rehabilitation involves the greatest portion of a municipality's annual operating budget. Government officials use various technologies such as a pavement management system to assist in making better decisions about their roadways systems, pavement condition, history, and projects. Traditionally, manual surveying has served as the method of obtaining this information. To better assist in decision-making, a regionally specific spectral library for urban areas is being developed and used in conjunction with hyperspecrtal imaging, to map urban materials and pavement conditions. A Geographical Information and Positioning System (GIS/GPS) will also be implemented to overlay relative locations. This paper will examine the benefits of using hyperspectral imaging over traditional methods of roadway maintenance and rehabilitation for pavement management applications. In doing so, we will identify spatial and spectral requirements for successful large-scale road feature extraction.

  1. Stormwater quality of spring-summer-fall effluent from three partial-infiltration permeable pavement systems and conventional asphalt pavement.

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    Drake, Jennifer; Bradford, Andrea; Van Seters, Tim

    2014-06-15

    This study examined the spring, summer and fall water quality performance of three partial-infiltration permeable pavement (PP) systems and a conventional asphalt pavement in Ontario. The study, conducted between 2010 and 2012, compared the water quality of effluent from two Interlocking Permeable Concrete Pavements (AquaPave() and Eco-Optiloc()) and a Hydromedia() Pervious Concrete pavement with runoff from an Asphalt control pavement. The usage of permeable pavements can mitigate the impact of urbanization on receiving surface water systems through quantity control and stormwater treatment. The PP systems provided excellent stormwater treatment for petroleum hydrocarbons, total suspended solids, metals (copper, iron, manganese and zinc) and nutrients (total-nitrogen and total-phosphorus) by reducing event mean concentrations (EMC) as well as total pollutant loadings. The PPs significantly reduced the concentration and loading of ammonia (NH4(+)+NH3), nitrite (NO2(-)) and organic-nitrogen (Org-N) but increased the concentration and loading of nitrate (NO3(-)). The PP systems had mixed performances for the treatment of phosphate (PO4(3-)). The PP systems increased the concentration of sodium (Na) and chloride (Cl) but EMCs remained well below recommended levels for drinking water quality. Relative to the observed runoff, winter road salt was released more slowly from the PP systems resulting in elevated spring and early-summer Cl and Na concentrations in effluent. PP materials were found to introduce dissolved solids into the infiltrating stormwater. The release of these pollutants was verified by additional laboratory scale testing of the individual pavement and aggregate materials at the University of Guelph. Pollutant concentrations were greatest during the first few months after construction and declined rapidly over the course of the study. PMID:24681366

  2. Analysis of Pavement for National Highway-N.H.1

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    Arvind Dewangan

    2012-02-01

    Full Text Available Rigid pavements are those which posses note worthy flexural strength or flexural rigidity. The stresses are not transferred from grain to grain to the lower layers as in the ease of flexible pavements layers the rigid pavements are made of Portland cement concrete-either plain, reinforced or prestressed concrete[1]. This paper shows the required to evaluate the strength characteristics of the soil subgrade, this helps the designer to adopt the suitable values of the strength parameter for design purposes and in case this supporting layer does not come upto the expectations, the same is treated or conditioned to suit the requirementsThe plain cement concrete slabs are expected to take up about 40 kg/cm2 flexural stress. As the rigid pavements slab has tensile strength, tensile stresses are developed due to the bending of the slab under wheel load and temperature variations thus the type of stress develop and their distribution within the cement concrete slab are quit different. The rigid pavement does not get deformed to the shape of the lower surface as it can bridge the minor variation of lower layer[2].

  3. Recycling of Asphalt Pavements with Asphalt Rubber

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    Pais, Jorge; Pereira, Paulo; Minhoto, Manuel; Baptista, António

    2008-01-01

    Pavement recycling has been an important rehabilitation technique to deal with reclaimed materials from old pavements which are usually sent to landfills. The application of this technique contributes to: i) the accomplishment of the requirements defined by the European legislation for the amount of material sent to landfills; ii) the reduction in the use of new raw materials used to produce pavement layers. The reduction of materials to be used in pavement rehabilitation has also been possib...

  4. High Performance Concrete Pavement in Indiana

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    Nantung, Tommy E

    2011-01-01

    Until the early 1990s, curling and warping of Portland cement concrete pavement did not concern pavement engineers in many transportation agencies. Since beginning construction of the interstate system in the United States in the late 1950s through the late 1980s, the performance of Portland cement concrete pavement has been associated with properties of concrete as a pavement material. In those years developed standards and design guidelines emphasized better concrete materials and construct...

  5. USE OF RECLAIMED ASPHALT PAVEMENT WITH MILLED ROAD PAVEMENT LAYERS

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    Andrzej Plewa

    2015-07-01

    Full Text Available The article presents the results of research on the functional properties of asphalt mixes using RAP obtained from milling asphalt road pavements. Asphalt concrete AC 22P with 0%, 10%, 15% and 20% addition of RAP used for base course of road pavements were designed. It was found that asphalt mixes with RAP characterized by comparable and in some cases better functional properties compared to the asphalt mixes without RAP (0%. One should notice the influence of RAP on the performance and durability of the asphalt mixtures, as compared to virgin asphalt mixtures (without RAP.

  6. Reducing Your Cost for Asphalt Pavements

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    Evans, Alvin

    2012-01-01

    This session will discuss of how local government decision-makers can achieve greater value without sacrificing quality or service life. The session will touch upon use of Higher Recycled Asphalt Pavement (RAP), Recycled Asphalt Shingles (RAS), Asphalt Mix Design for Heavy Traffic vs. Light Traffic, Speed of Construction, Perpetual Pavement and Pavement Rehabilitation Strategies.

  7. Design of Rigid and Flexible Pavements by Various Methods & Their Cost Analysis of Each Method

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    Saurabh Jain

    2013-09-01

    Full Text Available Highway and pavement design plays an important role in the DPR projects. The satisfactory performance of the pavement will result in higher savings in terms of vehicle operating costs and travel time, which has a bearing on the overall economic feasibility of the project. This paper discusses about the design methods that are traditionally being followed and examines the Design of rigid and flexible pavements by various methods & their cost analysis by each method. Flexible pavement are preferred over cement concrete roads as they have a great advantage that these can be strengthened and improved in stages with the growth of traffic and also their surfaces can be milled and recycled for rehabilitation. The flexible pavements are less expensive also with regard to initial investment and maintenance. Although Rigid pavement is expensive but have less maintenance and having good design period. The economic part are carried out for the design pavement of a section by using the result obtain by design method and their corresponding component layer thickness. It can be done by drawing comparisons with the standard way and practical way. This total work includes collection of data analysis various flexible and rigid pavement designs and their estimation procedure are very much useful to engineer who deals with highways.

  8. Geo synthetic-reinforced Pavement systems

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    Geo synthetics have been used as reinforcement inclusions to improve pavement performance. while there are clear field evidence of the benefit of using geo synthetic reinforcements, the specific conditions or mechanisms that govern the reinforcement of pavements are, at best, unclear and have remained largely unmeasured. Significant research has been recently conducted with the objectives of: (i) determining the relevant properties of geo synthetics that contribute to the enhanced performance of pavement systems, (ii) developing appropriate analytical, laboratory and field methods capable of quantifying the pavement performance, and (iii) enabling the prediction of pavement performance as a function of the properties of the various types of geo synthetics. (Author)

  9. Generating enhanced site topography data to improve permeable pavement performance assessment methods - presentation

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    Permeable pavement surfaces are infiltration based stormwater control measures (SCM) commonly applied in parking lots to decrease impervious area and reduce runoff volume. Many are not optimally designed however, as little attention is given to draining a large enough contributin...

  10. The Concrete and Pavement Challenge

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    Roman, Harry T.

    2012-01-01

    The modern world is characterized by the extensive use of concrete and asphalt pavement. Periodically, these materials are replaced and the old materials disposed of. In this challenge, students will be asked to develop ways to reuse the old materials. It is important for students to understand how concrete and asphalt are made and applied, as…

  11. Development of Performance Models for a Typical Flexible Road Pavement in Nigeria

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    Adebayo Oladipo Owolabi

    2012-09-01

    Full Text Available The results of a study conducted to facilitate the development of road pavement performance models that are appropriate for Nigeria and similar developing countries andcould predict the rate of deterioration over their lifespan have been presented. Comprehensive investigations were carried out on the expressway linking Lagos (the economic nerve centre of Nigeria with Ibadan (the largest city in West Africa - apparently one of the most heavily trafficked roads in the country. Data relating to traffic characteristics, pavement condition ratings, distress types, pavement thickness, roughness index, rainfall and temperature, were collected. Models were developed to determine Pavement Condition Score (PCS and International Roughness Index (IRI. Stepwise Regression was used to analyse the data and quantify the impact of key input parameters on the PCS and IRI. Parameters such as depth of ruts and area of pot holes were found to be statistically significant in predicting PCS while number of patches, length of longitudinal cracks and depth of ruts were statistically significant in predicting IRI. The models can be used for planning road maintenance programs, thus minimizing the need for comprehensive data collection on pavement condition before the maintenance exercise, which is costly and time consuming.

  12. Application of viscoelastic continuum damage approach to predict fatigue performance of Binzhou perpetual pavements

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    Wei Cao

    2016-04-01

    Full Text Available For this study, the Binzhou perpetual pavement test sections constructed in Shandong Province, China, were simulated for long-term fatigue performance using the layered viscoelastic pavement analysis for critical distresses (LVECD finite element software package. In this framework, asphalt concrete was treated in the context of linear viscoelastic continuum damage theory. A recently developed unified fatigue failure criterion that defined the boundaries of the applicable region of the theory was also incorporated. The mechanistic modeling of the fatigue mechanisms was able to accommodate the complex temperature variations and loading conditions of the field pavements in a rigorous manner. All of the material models were conveniently characterized by dynamic modulus tests and direct tension cyclic fatigue tests in the laboratory using cylindrical specimens. By comparing the obtained damage characteristic curves and failure criteria, it is found that mixtures with small aggregate particle sizes, a dense gradation, and modified asphalt binder tended to exhibit the best fatigue resistance at the material level. The 15-year finite element structural simulation results for all the test sections indicate that fatigue performance has a strong dependence on the thickness of the asphalt pavements. Based on the predicted location and severity of the fatigue damage, it is recommended that Sections 1 and 3 of the Binzhou test sections be employed for perpetual pavement design.

  13. Desert Pavement Process and Form: Modes and Scales of Landscape Stability and Instability in Arid Regions

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    Wells, Stephen G.; McFadden, Leslie D.; McDonald, Eric V.; Eppes, Martha C.; Young, Michael H.; Wood, Yvonne A.

    2014-05-01

    Desert pavements are recognized in arid landscapes around the world, developing via diminution of constructional/depositional landform relief and creating a 1-2 stone thick armor over a "stone free" layer. Surface exposure dating demonstrates that clasts forming the desert pavements are maintained at the land surface over hundreds of thousands of years, as aeolian fines are deposited on the land surface, transported into the underlying parent material and incorporated into accretionary soil horizons (e.g., the stone free or vesicular [Av] horizon). This surface armor provides long-term stability over extensive regions of the landscape. Over shorter time periods and at the landform-element scale, dynamic surficial processes (i.e., weathering, runoff) continue to modify the pavement form. Clast size reduction in comparison to underlying parent material, along with armoring and packing of clasts in pavements contribute to their persistence, and studies of crack orientations in pavement clasts indicate physical weathering and diminution of particle size are driven by diurnal solar insolation. Over geologic time, cracks form and propagate from tensile stresses related to temporal and spatial gradients in temperature that evolve and rotate in alignment with the sun's rays. Observed multimodal nature of crack orientations appear related to seasonally varying, latitude-dependent temperature fields resulting from solar angle and weather conditions. Surface properties and their underlying soil profiles vary across pavement surfaces, forming a landscape mosaic and controlling surface hydrology, ecosystem function and the ultimate life-cycle of arid landscapes. In areas of well-developed pavements, surface infiltration and soluble salt concentrations indicate that saturated hydraulic conductivity of Av horizons decline on progressively older alluvial fan surfaces. Field observations and measurements from well-developed desert pavement surfaces landforms also yield significantly lower infiltration rates, enhanced rates of overland flow characterized by high water:sediment ratios and reduced production of desert ecosystems. Consequently, regionally extensive pavement and significantly decreased infiltration over geologic time have resulted in widespread overland flow, elaborate drainage networks on alluvial and eolian-mantled bedrock landscapes, and channel incision and regional dissection of the pavement-mantled landforms. However, these once stable landscapes become progressively unstable with time, serving as sediment source areas for younger alluvial deposits (i.e., geologic life-cycle). Thus, regional dissection (instability) of these desert landscapes can be influenced by the intrinsic properties of pavement-mantled landscapes and not necessarily to external forces of climate change and tectonics.

  14. Natural Airfield Pavements, Load-Carrying Capacities There Of, Principles Of Construction And Operational Use

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    Nita Piotr

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available The paper has been intended to present analytically derived relationships for aircraft wheels that move through the soil medium. The analyses have been conducted for both the rigid wheel and the pneumatic whell. The most fundamental principles of constructing natural(soil and sod/grass airfield pavements have been diccussed. Characteristic of soils typical of such pavements /surfaces have been defined. Proped are criteria for the evaluation of load-carring capacities of such pavements. The most essential principles that goven the operational use there of follow.

  15. Effect of Pavement Conditions on Rolling Resistance

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    Mr.Dipanjan Mukherjee

    2014-07-01

    Full Text Available Rolling resistance is the force acting on a vehicle over a full journey. It is generated by the hysteresis of tyre and pavement. Rolling resistance, sometimes called rolling friction or rolling drag, is the force resisting the motion when a body (such as a ball, tire, or wheel rolls on a surface. It is mainly caused by non-elastic effects; that is, not all the energy needed for deformation (or movement of the wheel, roadbed, etc. is recovered when the pressure is removed. A hysteresis phenomenon can be observed when viscoelastic materials undergo a load-then-unload process. A typical hysteresis curve of viscoelastic material can be found. The shadow area enclosed by the hysteresis loop represents energy loss. A characteristic of a deformable material such that the energy of deformation is greater than the energy of recovery. The rubber compound in a tire exhibits hysteresis. As the tire rotates under the weight of the vehicle, it experiences repeated cycles of deformation and recovery, and it dissipates the hysteresis energy loss as heat. Hysteresis is the main cause of energy loss associated with rolling resistance and is attributed to the viscoelastic characteristics of the rubber. Materials that have a large hysteresis effect, such as rubber, which bounce back slowly, exhibit more rolling resistance than materials with a small hysteresis effect that bounce back more quickly and more completely, such as steel or silica. Low rolling resistance tires typically incorporate silica in place of carbon black in their tread compounds to reduce low-frequency hysteresis without compromising traction. Note that railroads also have hysteresis in the roadbed structure. Like the fuel consumption, rolling resistance also has a significant relationship with velocity. experiment has shown that, for a 32-tonn goods vehicle, rolling resistance contributes about 70% of total drag when driven at 50km/h and about 37% at 100km/h. An important issue which should not be overlooked is that rolling resistance is affected by the characteristics of the pavement surface. Rolling resistance varies between different pavement surfaces. Hard and smooth surfaces produce lower rolling resistance than soft and rough surfaces. Rolling resistance is affected by both tyre and ambient temperature.

  16. Effectiveness of pavement-solar energy system – An experimental study

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    Highlights: • We built a small-scale pilot project of pavement-solar energy utilization. • Design an automatic monitoring system to record the operating data. • The average heat absorptivity of pavement-solar energy is 37%. • The average thermal storage effectiveness of the system is 17%. - Abstract: A small-scale pilot project was built for the pavement-solar energy utilization in this paper. An automatic data acquisition system was designed to measure the effectiveness of the pavement solar energy system based on the operation data of 24 h a day in both summer and winter. Through 69 days (1656 h) of operation in summer, 2821 kW h of heat energy were stored in soil underground. In the transitional season, 4598 kW h of heat energy were taken out from soil during 104 days (2496 h) of operation in winter. The analysis showed that in summer, solar heat collection of asphalt pavement could effectively reduce 7 °C of its temperature. Under conditions of natural radiation, the average heat absorptivity of pavement was 37% and the average thermal storage effectiveness of the system was 17%. The electrical energy consumed by the system is only 11% of stored heat. During the winter, the asphalt pavement absorbs heat from underground soil which effectively increases its temperature, cutting 32% days of surface temperature below the freezing point. This not only save the energy for ice/snow removal but also mitigate associated safety risks

  17. Representative volume element of asphalt pavement for electromagnetic measurements

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    Terhi Pellinen

    2015-02-01

    Full Text Available The motivation for this study was to investigate the representative volume element (RVE needed to correlate the nondestructive electromagnetic (EM measurements with the conventional destructive asphalt pavement quality control measurements. A large pavement rehabilitation contract was used as the test site for the experiment. Pavement cores were drilled from the same locations where the stationary and continuous Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR measurements were obtained. Laboratory measurements included testing the bulk density of cores using two methods, the surface-saturated dry method and determining bulk density by dimensions. Also, Vector Network Analyzer (VNA and the through specimen transmission configuration were employed at microwave frequencies to measure the reference dielectric constant of cores using two different footprint areas and therefore volume elements. The RVE for EM measurements turns out to be frequency dependent; therefore in addition to being dependent on asphalt mixture type and method of obtaining bulk density, it is dependent on the resolution of the EM method used. Then, although the average bulk property results agreed with theoretical formulations of higher core air void content giving a lower dielectric constant, for the individual cores there was no correlation for the VNA measurements because the volume element seizes deviated. Similarly, GPR technique was unable to capture the spatial variation of pavement air voids measured from the 150-mm drill cores. More research is needed to determine the usable RVE for asphalt.

  18. A simplified modelling for cracking in pavements

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    TRAN, QD; CHABOT, A; EHRLACHER, A; TAMAGNY, P

    2004-01-01

    The French pavement design method uses the 2D axi-symmetric structural analysis of Burmister's model. This model calculates almost analytically and efficiently a multilayer on a solid half space soil subjected to a circular load. However, to take into account pavement degradations as cracks in the structure, for concrete and bituminous pavements, the design method requires other models. They can be modelled by using 3D finite element methods, but such calculations can be very time-consuming. ...

  19. Dynamic contracting mechanism for pavement maintenance management

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    Demirel, H.C.; Ridder, H.A.J.

    2013-01-01

    Technological advances, financial possibilities and changes of demands have increasingly affected the pavement maintenance environment for outsourcing in recent years. This induces complexity in the contracting methods of pavement maintenance activities. Despite the fact that current contracting practices on pavement maintenance activities are not sufficient to deal with changes providing the improved level of services. Therefore road agencies are needed to enable appropriate contracting meth...

  20. Enhancing pavements for thermal applications

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    Keikhaei Dehdezi, Pejman

    2012-01-01

    Renewable energy combined with energy efficiency can offer a viable and influential solution to minimise the harmful consequences of both fossil fuel depletion and increases in the cost of power generation. However, in most cases renewable energy technologies require high initial investments that may deter potential users. Pavement Energy Systems (PES) potentially offer a low-cost solution to sustainable and clean energy generation by utilising the thermo-physical properties and design featur...

  1. HMA Pavement Performance and Durability

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    del Pilar Vivar, Eliana; Haddock, John E.

    2006-01-01

    It has long been argued that at densities higher than approximately 92 percent (air void contents lower than 8 percent), a hotmix asphalt mixture is impermeable to water. However, as densities become lower (air void contents higher) than this, small decreases in the density can yield exponential increases in permeability. The objectives of this study were to better understand the increases in hot-mix asphalt pavement performance and durability that can be gained by increasing the initial pave...

  2. Cooler reflective pavements give benefits beyond energy savings: durability and illumination

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    City streets are usually paved with asphalt concrete because this material gives good service and is relatively inexpensive to construct and maintain. We show that making asphalt pavements cooler, by increasing their reflection of sunlight, may lead to longer lifetime of the pavement, lower initial costs of the asphalt binder, and savings on street lighting and signs. Excessive glare due to the whiter surface is not likely to be a problem

  3. Cooler reflective pavements give benefits beyond energy savings: durability and illumination

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    Pomerantz, Melvin; Akbari, Hashem; Harvey, John T.

    2000-06-01

    City streets are usually paved with asphalt concrete because this material gives good service and is relatively inexpensive to construct and maintain. We show that making asphalt pavements cooler, by increasing their reflection of sunlight, may lead to longer lifetime of the pavement, lower initial costs of the asphalt binder, and savings on street lighting and signs. Excessive glare due to the whiter surface is not likely to be a problem.

  4. Impact of Overweight Traffic on Pavement Life Using Weigh-In-Motion Data and Mechanistic-Empirical Pavement Analysis

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    Wang, Hao; Zhao, Jingnan; Wang, Zilong

    2015-01-01

    The objective of this study is to evaluate the impact of overweight traffic on pavement life using mechanistic-empirical analysis approach. The state-of-practice mechanistic-empirical pavement design and analysis software (Pavement-ME) was used to predict pavement life under different traffic loading scenarios. Field performance data at the sites where the WIM data were collected were analyzed to estimate the pavement service life at field condition. The pavement structures considered in the ...

  5. Predicting physical clogging of porous and permeable pavements

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    Yong, C. F.; McCarthy, D. T.; Deletic, A.

    2013-02-01

    SummaryPorous pavements are easily retrofitted, and effective in improving water quality and hydrology, but prone to clogging. Despite being a major determinant in the lifespan of porous pavements, there is limited information on the physical clogging processes through these systems. The aim of this study was to understand the main physical processes that govern physical clogging and develop a simple black-box model that predicts physical clogging. The key variables that were hypothesised to influence clogging were pavement design and climate characteristics. Two compressed time scale laboratory experiments were conducted over 3 years on three common porous pavement types; monolithic porous asphalt, modular Hydrapave and monolithic Permapave. Pavement design was found to be an important role in clogging. Permapave did not clog even after 26 years of operation in simulated sub-tropical Brisbane (Australia) climate while porous asphalt and Hydrapave clogged after just 12 years, from surface clogging and geotextile clogging, respectively. Each system was tested using two different dosing patterns: (1) continual wetting with no dry periods and (2) variable inflow rates with drying periods (i.e. representing more natural conditions). The latter dosing method approximately doubled the lifespan of all systems suggesting the influence of climate conditions on clogging. Clogging was found to be highly correlated with cumulative volume and flow rate. A simple black-box regression model that predicts physical clogging was developed as a function of cumulative volume and Brisbane climatic conditions. However it is very likely that the shape of this regression is general, and that it could be calibrated for different climates in the future.

  6. Characterization of pavement texture by means of height difference correlation and relation to wet skid resistance

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    Stefan Torbruegge

    2015-04-01

    We deduce within this article the correlation between classical surface roughness parameters and the parameter set of self-affine surfaces. These parameters allow for a detailed understanding of the relationship between pavement texture and its wet skid resistance. We present wet skid resistance measurements with the British pendulum and a linear friction tester device on different pavement textures. We demonstrate that the so-called estimated texture depth does not correlate to the surface skid resistance measured with the British pendulum. Finally, we deduce a dependency of wet skid resistance on pavement texture which is supported by current models for hysteresis friction.

  7. Environmental history recorded in aeolian deposits under stone pavements, Mojave Desert, USA

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    Dietze, Michael; Dietze, Elisabeth; Lomax, Johanna; Fuchs, Markus; Kleber, Arno; Wells, Stephen G.

    2016-01-01

    Reconstructing the evolution of arid landscapes is challenged by limited availability of appropriate environmental archives. A widespread surface feature - stone pavement - traps aeolian fines and forms a special accretionary archive. Seven stone pavement-covered sections on basalt flows in the eastern Mojave Desert are condensed into a composite section, comprising five sedimentological units supported by an OSL-based chronology. Three of the units are of accretionary nature and each is covered by a stone pavement. They were deposited > 50.9-36.6 ka, evolution and their environmental proxy function in arid landscapes. Stone pavement-covered accretionary deposits are a new key archive that allows quantifying the relative importance of dust accretion, slope processes, soil formation and vegetation cover.

  8. Preliminary evaluation of the lifecycle costs and market barriers of reflective pavements

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    Ting, M.; Koomey, J.G.; Pomerantz, M.

    2001-11-21

    The objective of this study is to evaluate the life cycle costs and market barriers associated with using reflective paving materials in streets and parking lots as a way to reduce the urban heat island effect. We calculated and compared the life cycle costs of conventional asphalt concrete (AC) pavements to those of other existing pavement technologies with higher reflectivity-portland cement concrete (PCC), porous pavements, resin pavements, AC pavements using light-colored chip seals, and AC pavements using light-colored asphalt emulsion additives. We found that for streets and parking lots, PCC can provide a cost-effective alternative to conventional AC when severely damaged pavements must be completely reconstructed. We also found that rehabilitating damaged AC streets and intersections with thin overlays of PCC (ultra-thin white topping) can often provide a cost-effective alternative to standard rehabilitation techniques using conventional AC. Chip sealing is a common maintenance treatment for low-volume streets which, when applied using light-colored chips, could provide a reflective pavement surface. If the incremental cost of using light-colored chips is low, this chip sealing method could also be cost-effective, but the incremental costs of light-colored chips are as of yet uncertain and expected to vary. Porous pavements were found to have higher life cycle costs than conventional AC in parking lots, but several cost-saving features of porous pavements fell outside the boundaries of this study. Resin pavements were found to be only slightly more expensive than conventional AC, but the uncertainties in the cost and performance data were large. The use of light-colored additives in asphalt emulsion seal coats for parking lot pavements was found to be significantly more expensive than conventional AC, reflecting its current niche market of decorative applications. We also proposed two additional approaches to increasing the reflectivity of conventional AC, which we call the chipping and aggregate methods, and calculated their potential life cycle costs. By analyzing the potential for increased pavement durability resulting from these conceptual approaches, we then estimated the incremental costs that would allow them to be cost-effective compared to conventional AC. For our example case of Los Angeles, we found that those allowable incremental costs range from less than dollar 1 to more than dollar 11 per square yard (dollar 1 to dollar 13 per square meter) depending on street type and the condition of the original pavement. Finally, we evaluated the main actors in the pavement market and the existing and potential market barriers associated with reflective pavements. Apart from situations where lifecycle costs are high compared to conventional AC, all reflective paving technologies face a cultural barrier based on the belief that black is better. For PCC, high first costs were found to be the most significant economic barrier, particularly where agencies are cons trained by first cost. Lack of developer standards was found to be a significant institutional barrier to PCC since developers are often not held accountable for the long-term maintenance of roads after initial construction, which creates a misplaced incentive to build low first-cost pavements. PCC also faces site-specific barriers such as poorly compacted base soils and proximity to areas of frequent utility cutting.

  9. Preliminary evaluation of the lifecycle costs and market barriers of reflective pavements; TOPICAL

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    The objective of this study is to evaluate the life cycle costs and market barriers associated with using reflective paving materials in streets and parking lots as a way to reduce the urban heat island effect. We calculated and compared the life cycle costs of conventional asphalt concrete (AC) pavements to those of other existing pavement technologies with higher reflectivity-portland cement concrete (PCC), porous pavements, resin pavements, AC pavements using light-colored chip seals, and AC pavements using light-colored asphalt emulsion additives. We found that for streets and parking lots, PCC can provide a cost-effective alternative to conventional AC when severely damaged pavements must be completely reconstructed. We also found that rehabilitating damaged AC streets and intersections with thin overlays of PCC (ultra-thin white topping) can often provide a cost-effective alternative to standard rehabilitation techniques using conventional AC. Chip sealing is a common maintenance treatment for low-volume streets which, when applied using light-colored chips, could provide a reflective pavement surface. If the incremental cost of using light-colored chips is low, this chip sealing method could also be cost-effective, but the incremental costs of light-colored chips are as of yet uncertain and expected to vary. Porous pavements were found to have higher life cycle costs than conventional AC in parking lots, but several cost-saving features of porous pavements fell outside the boundaries of this study. Resin pavements were found to be only slightly more expensive than conventional AC, but the uncertainties in the cost and performance data were large. The use of light-colored additives in asphalt emulsion seal coats for parking lot pavements was found to be significantly more expensive than conventional AC, reflecting its current niche market of decorative applications. We also proposed two additional approaches to increasing the reflectivity of conventional AC, which we call the chipping and aggregate methods, and calculated their potential life cycle costs. By analyzing the potential for increased pavement durability resulting from these conceptual approaches, we then estimated the incremental costs that would allow them to be cost-effective compared to conventional AC. For our example case of Los Angeles, we found that those allowable incremental costs range from less than dollar 1 to more than dollar 11 per square yard (dollar 1 to dollar 13 per square meter) depending on street type and the condition of the original pavement. Finally, we evaluated the main actors in the pavement market and the existing and potential market barriers associated with reflective pavements. Apart from situations where lifecycle costs are high compared to conventional AC, all reflective paving technologies face a cultural barrier based on the belief that black is better. For PCC, high first costs were found to be the most significant economic barrier, particularly where agencies are cons trained by first cost. Lack of developer standards was found to be a significant institutional barrier to PCC since developers are often not held accountable for the long-term maintenance of roads after initial construction, which creates a misplaced incentive to build low first-cost pavements. PCC also faces site-specific barriers such as poorly compacted base soils and proximity to areas of frequent utility cutting

  10. Adaptive Road Crack Detection System by Pavement Classification

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    Alejandro Amírola

    2011-10-01

    Full Text Available This paper presents a road distress detection system involving the phases needed to properly deal with fully automatic road distress assessment. A vehicle equipped with line scan cameras, laser illumination and acquisition HW-SW is used to storage the digital images that will be further processed to identify road cracks. Pre-processing is firstly carried out to both smooth the texture and enhance the linear features. Non-crack features detection is then applied to mask areas of the images with joints, sealed cracks and white painting, that usually generate false positive cracking. A seed-based approach is proposed to deal with road crack detection, combining Multiple Directional Non-Minimum Suppression (MDNMS with a symmetry check. Seeds are linked by computing the paths with the lowest cost that meet the symmetry restrictions. The whole detection process involves the use of several parameters. A correct setting becomes essential to get optimal results without manual intervention. A fully automatic approach by means of a linear SVM-based classifier ensemble able to distinguish between up to 10 different types of pavement that appear in the Spanish roads is proposed. The optimal feature vector includes different texture-based features. The parameters are then tuned depending on the output provided by the classifier. Regarding non-crack features detection, results show that the introduction of such module reduces the impact of false positives due to non-crack features up to a factor of 2. In addition, the observed performance of the crack detection system is significantly boosted by adapting the parameters to the type of pavement.

  11. Pavement Crack Detection Using Spectral Clustering Method

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    Jin Huazhong

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Pavement crack detection plays an important role in pavement maintaining and management, nowadays, which could be performed through remote image analysis. Thus, edges of pavement crack should be extracted in advance; in general, traditional edge detection methods don’t consider phase information and the spatial relationship between the adjacent image areas to extract the edges. To overcome the deficiency of the traditional approaches, this paper proposes a pavement crack detection algorithm based on spectral clustering method. Firstly, a measure of similarity between pairs of pixels is taken into account through orientation energy. Then, spatial relationship is needed to find regions where similarity between pixels in a given region is high and similarity between pixels in different regions is low. After that, crack edge detection is completed with spectral clustering method. The presented method has been run on some real life images of pavement crack, experimental results display that the crack detection method of this paper could obtain ideal result.

  12. Mathematical failure-theory (MFT methodology in pavement management system for rehabilitation and repair methods selection

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    Fereidoon Moghadas Nejad

    2009-04-01

    Full Text Available Pavement rehabilitation and repair methods selection is one of the key issues many road organizations and researchers have occupied. Not only road management cost but also road user’s cost and cost for inhabitants and community should be included in the life cycle cost in order to help infrastructure investment judgment. Thus in estimating life cycle cost, Pavement rehabilitation and repair methods selection is essential even if technological capabilities of evaluation are not sufficient. In order for Pavement Management Systems (PMS to be effective, they must be based on a reliable, statistically sound means for the rehabilitation and repair methods that are present on the system. To make sensible life cycle cost decisions in design and rehabilitation, pavement engineers must be able to account for distress phenomena and repair methods. This paper will present a Mathematical Failure-Theory (MFT methodology for incorporating statistical and probabilistically Factors into life cycle cost analysis and PMS. This approach gives the engineer the ability to statistically and probability consider different rehabilitation and repair method and statistically and probability factors in computing the life cycle costs for rehabilitation and repair methods selection.

  13. Effects of impervious pavements on reducing runoff in an arid urban catchment

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    Epshtein, O.; Turnbull, L.; Earl, S.

    2011-12-01

    The progressive urbanization of US arid and semi-arid southwestern territories has transformed undeveloped aridlands into dynamic, radially expanding metropolitan centers. As these mature, infill development further reduces undeveloped area, inversely coupling surface imperviousness to infiltration rates, with a subsequent increase in runoff generation. Intensified runoff carries undesirable environmental consequences, magnifying urban flooding events and concentrations, transport, and propagation of contaminants. Pervious pavements offer one potential solution for decreased urban infiltration. At present, the application potential of pervious pavements as an effective urban infiltration management tool exceeds its exploitation. While entirely eliminating urban Total Impervious Area is not a feasible solution, pervious pavements significantly reduce Effective Impervious Area at costs competitive with traditional Best Management Practices. Previous research into pervious pavements has largely consisted of laboratory prototypes or small-scale field experiments, with a heavy bias towards parking lots. In this study we explore the effectiveness of pervious pavements in increasing infiltration, thus decreasing runoff volume during summer monsoonal and winter convective rainfall events in an 8 ha residential catchment in Scottsdale, Arizona. Analysis focuses on the interaction dynamics between surface area of pervious pavement application and its net effect on runoff response at the catchment level. Hydrological response was modeled using MAHLERAN (Model for Assessing Hillslope-Landscape Erosion, Runoff and Nutrients), a spatially explicit, event-based model, parameterized at a spatial resolution of 0.25 sq m. Data for model parameterization was obtained from analysis of aerial imagery and field-based monitoring of surface properties. The model was tested against measurements of flow at the catchment outlet for multiple rainfall events with total event rainfall ranging from 5 mm to 25 mm. Model testing shows total event discharge simulated well, although low Nash-Sutcliffe coefficients for events indicate a poor fit between the shape and timing of the modeled and monitored hydrograph, which we attribute to poor characterization of friction factors in urban catchments. Scenario-based model analysis tested catchment response to substitution of pervious for conventional pavement by percent and pavement-function scenarios. Results are consistent with previous findings in that short duration-high intensity storms trigger threshold infiltration capacity, past which pervious pavement damping of runoff volume levels off, approaching conventional levels. However at the modeled catchment scale, this initial damping represents a significant reduction in volume, peak flow velocity, and contaminant loading potential. Urban surface drainage networks concentrate and channel flow along roads: the capacity of pervious pavements to simultaneously increase infiltration directly at location of greatest runoff and mitigate inflow effects from remote points has compelling potential as a hydrologic and urban systems engineering tool.

  14. Dust accretion under stone pavements: A complementary environmental archive in arid environments

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    Dietze, Michael; Fuchs, Markus; Kleber, Arno

    2014-05-01

    Stone pavements are widespread surface covers in arid environments. They form predominantly by the trapping of aeolian dust, which trickles below the surficial clast layer, where it forms a continuous layer of fine-grained material with a prominent foamy structure: the vesicular horizon (Av). Successive accretion of dust leads to a thickening of the aeolian mantle and detaches clasts from bedrock. Since this process is dependent on environmental conditions, stone pavement-covered accretionary sections can be used as palaeoenvironmental archive. In the eastern Mojave Desert, correlation of six sediment sections on a 560 ka old basalt flow yield a standard section, comprising at least three distinct units of pulsed aeolian sediment input, interrupted by phases of stone pavement formation, their burial and subsequent pedogenetic alteration. Formation and subsequent burial of stone pavements requires lateral re-formation processes. Two such processes - clast drag by unconcentrated overland flow and clast creep by air release from the soil - are presented, along with their environmental boundary conditions. The different sedimentary units under stone pavements in the eastern Mojave Desert must be interpreted in the light of both, the prominent climatic changes during the Pleistocene/Holocene and the young drainage system in this region. Accretionary dust sections under stone pavements receive their sediment predominantly from modern playas. However, they typically start trapping sediment and thus environmental information when the lake level drops and the lacustrine archive deceases. Hence, they appear to be complementary archives with a the potential to fill the stratigraphic gaps in lacustrine records.

  15. Study of the Effect of Temperature Changes on the Elastic Modulus of Flexible Pavement Layers

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    Mohd Raihan Taha

    2013-02-01

    Full Text Available In general, the stiffness of flexible pavement is influenced by environmental changes, whereby temperature and rainfall affect the asphalt layer and non-asphalt layer, such as the subgrade, respectively. Normally, the effect of temperature on flexible pavement can be measured using two methods. The first is a destructive test whereby core samples are tested in a laboratory using a Universal Testing Machine (UTM. The second is a non-destructive in situ test using equipment such as a Falling Weight Deflectometer (FWD and Spectral Analysis of Surface Waves (SASW. This study was conducted to investigate the effect of temperature at different tensile levels on the Soekarno-Hatta and Purwakarta Cikampek roads in Bandung, West Java, Indonesia. It is observed that different tensile levels and testing methods result in various elastic modulus values of flexible pavement. The higher the temperature applied to the flexible pavement layer, the more the elastic modulus values decrease. In contrast, the lower the temperature imposed on the flexible pavement layer, the more the elastic modulus values increase. Different testing methods (FWD, UTM and SASW on the flexible pavement layer are also affected by temperature changes.

  16. Global warming potential of pavements

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    Pavements comprise an essential and vast infrastructure system supporting our transportation network, yet their impact on the environment is largely unquantified. Previous life-cycle assessments have only included a limited number of the applicable life-cycle components in their analysis. This research expands the current view to include eight different components: materials extraction and production, transportation, onsite equipment, traffic delay, carbonation, lighting, albedo, and rolling resistance. Using global warming potential as the environmental indicator, ranges of potential impact for each component are calculated and compared based on the information uncovered in the existing research. The relative impacts between components are found to be orders of magnitude different in some cases. Context-related factors, such as traffic level and location, are also important elements affecting the impacts of a given component. A strategic method for lowering the global warming potential of a pavement is developed based on the concept that environmental performance is improved most effectively by focusing on components with high impact potentials. This system takes advantage of the fact that small changes in high-impact components will have more effect than large changes in low-impact components.

  17. Aircraf landing gear design in respect of pavement design

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    Fabre, C.(CERN, Geneva, Switzerland); ALBIN, A; Balay, Jean Maurice

    2009-01-01

    This paper considers the close relationship between aircraft landing gear (LG) and pavement design in respect of airfield pavement compatibility. In pavement design and analysis, we usually deal with pavement structures, materials and design thickness procedure but rarely aircraft LG design This paper emphasizes key drivers, which must be considered for new aircraft LG design to achieve aircraft pavement compatibility. Several parameters such as number & size of wheels, type of gear, brakes, ...

  18. Assessment of highway pavements using GPR

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    Plati, Christina; Loizos, Andreas

    2015-04-01

    Highway infrastructure is a prerequisite for a functioning economy and social life. Highways, often prone to congestion and disruption, are one of the aspects of a modern transport network that require maximum efficiency if an integrated transport network, and sustainable mobility, is to be achieved. Assessing the condition of highway structures, to plan subsequent maintenance, is essential to allow the long-term functioning of a road network. Optimizing the methods used for such assessment will lead to better information being obtained about the road and underlying ground conditions. The condition of highway structures will be affected by a number of factors, including the properties of the highway pavement, the supporting sub-base and the subgrade (natural ground), and the ability to obtain good information about the entire road structure, from pavement to subgrade, allows appropriate maintenance programs to be planned. The maintenance of highway pavements causes considerable cost and in many cases obstruction to traffic flow. In this situation, methods that provide information on the present condition of pavement structure non-destructively and economically are of great interest. It has been shown that Ground-Penetrating-Radar (GPR), which is a Non Destructive Technique (NDT), can deliver information that is useful for the planning of pavement maintenance activities. More specifically GPR is used by pavement engineers in order to determine physical properties and characteristics of the pavement structure, information that is valuable for the assessment of pavement condition. This work gives an overview on the practical application of GPR using examples from highway asphalt pavements monitoring. The presented individual applications of GPR pavement diagnostics concern structure homogeneity, thickness of pavement layers, dielectric properties of asphalt materials etc. It is worthwhile mentioning that a number of applications are standard procedures, either separately or in combination with other NDT methods, but even for them there is still a room for improvement and there is still need to set stricter regulations Comparisons between radar results and ground truth data produce evidence in support of the statement that the accuracy and reliability of radar results is sufficient for facing many issues related to the evaluation of asphalt pavements. Thus, benefits and limits of this method are shown and recommendations for GPR inspections are presented. Acknowledgments: This work benefited from networking activities carried out within the EU funded COST Action TU1208 "Civil Engineering Applications of Ground Penetrating Radar."

  19. Road Asphalt Pavements Analyzed by Airborne Thermal Remote Sensing: Preliminary Results of the Venice Highway

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    Pascucci, Simone; Bassani, Cristiana; Palombo, Angelo; Poscolieri, Maurizio; Cavalli, Rosa

    2008-01-01

    This paper describes a fast procedure for evaluating asphalt pavement surface defects using airborne emissivity data. To develop this procedure, we used airborne multispectral emissivity data covering an urban test area close to Venice (Italy).For this study, we first identify and select the roads' asphalt pavements on Multispectral Infrared Visible Imaging Spectrometer (MIVIS) imagery using a segmentation procedure. Next, since in asphalt pavements the surface defects are strictly related to the decrease of oily components that cause an increase of the abundance of surfacing limestone, the diagnostic absorption emissivity peak at 11.2μm of the limestone was used for retrieving from MIVIS emissivity data the areas exhibiting defects on asphalt pavements surface.The results showed that MIVIS emissivity allows establishing a threshold that points out those asphalt road sites on which a check for a maintenance intervention is required. Therefore, this technique can supply local government authorities an efficient, rapid and repeatable road mapping procedure providing the location of the asphalt pavements to be checked.

  20. Characterization of pavement texture by means of height difference correlation and relation to wet skid resistance

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    Stefan Torbruegge; Burkhard Wies

    2015-01-01

    Driving safety is of utmost importance in the automobile industry and is acknowledged by the introduction of the tire wet grip index as part of the EU tire label. The rubber pavement interaction is determined by the viscoelastic properties of the rubber as well as by the pavement texture. Nowadays available optical surface profiling instruments allow for a detailed measurement of surface roughness covering several length scales. This enables the validation of a mathematical statistical descri...

  1. Generating Infrastructure Funds Through Innovative Pavement Management

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    Ponce, Javier; Overton, Patrick; Cunagin, Wiley

    2015-01-01

    The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) estimates that there will be a need for $3.6 trillion in infrastructure investment by 2020. A portion of this need can be made available through judicious management of the Nation's pavement systems. The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) has made significant progress in meeting this objective by continuously improving the performance of its materials, processes, construction methods and management, and pavement management technology. On...

  2. Wet Night Visibility of Pavement Markings

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    Gibbons, Ronald B. (Ronald Bruce); Hankey, Jonathan M.; Pashaj, Irena

    2004-01-01

    This report describes an investigation into the performance of pavement markings in wet night conditions. The performance of a typical pavement marking will degrade when it gets wet. This is a result of the flooding of the marking optics, thereby reducing retroreflectivity. Several technologies are available to improve wet marking performance. In this project, six technologies were tested using both standard measurement methods and participant evaluations. The results show that two of the mar...

  3. Network level pavement evaluation with 1 mm 3D survey system

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    Wang, Kelvin C.P.; Qiang Joshua Li; Guangwei Yang; You Zhan; Yanjun Qiu

    2015-01-01

    The latest iteration of PaveVision3D Ultra can obtain true 1 mm resolution 3D data at full-lane coverage in all 3 directions at highway speed up to 60 mph. This paper introduces the PaveVision3D Ultra technology for rapid network level pavement survey on approximately 1280 center miles of Oklahoma interstate highways. With sophisticated automated distress analyzer (ADA) software interface, the collected 1 mm 3D data provide Oklahoma Department of Transportation (ODOT) with comprehensive solut...

  4. Volatilization of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons from coal-tar-sealed pavement

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    Van Metre, Peter C.; Majewski, Michael S.; Mahler, Barbara J.; Foreman, William T.; Braun, Christopher L.; Wilson, Jennifer T.; Burbank, Teresa L.

    2012-01-01

    Coal-tar-based pavement sealants, a major source of PAHs to urban water bodies, are a potential source of volatile PAHs to the atmosphere. An initial assessment of volatilization of PAHs from coal-tar-sealed pavement is presented here in which we measured summertime gas-phase PAH concentrations 0.03 m and 1.28 m above the pavement surface of seven sealed (six with coal-tar-based sealant and one with asphalt-based sealant) and three unsealed (two asphalt and one concrete) parking lots in central Texas. PAHs also were measured in parking lot dust. The geometric mean concentration of the sum of eight frequently detected PAHs (?PAH8) in the 0.03-m samples above sealed lots (1320 ng m-3) during the hottest part of the day was 20 times greater than that above unsealed lots (66.5 ng m-3). The geometric mean concentration in the 1.28-m samples above sealed lots (138 ng m-3) was five times greater than above unsealed lots (26.0 ng m-3). Estimated PAH flux from the sealed lots was 60 times greater than that from unsealed lots (geometric means of 88 and 1.4 ?g m-2 h-1, respectively). Although the data set presented here is small, the much higher estimated fluxes from sealed pavement than from unsealed pavement indicate that coal-tar-based sealants are emitting PAHs to urban air at high rates compared to other paved surfaces.

  5. LOW-NOISE PAVEMENT AS A WAY OF LIMITATION OF TRAFFIC NOISE LEVEL

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    W?adys?aw Gardziejczyk

    2014-11-01

    Full Text Available Road surface can significantlyreduce the trafficnoise level. Depending on the characteristic of the upper surface layers the differences between the maximum rolling noise levels from passing vehicles to reach values about 10 dB (A. A special group is low-noise pavements characterized by the presence of voids above 15%. Application the porous asphalt layers or asphalt mixture type BBTM affects a significantreduction the width of land surrounded the roads where permissible equivalent sound level is exceeded. Such solutions in some cases can replace acoustic barriers. Road pavements with a higher content of voids require proper maintenance because their acoustic performances are reduced during operation.

  6. Thermal stability analysis under embankment with asphalt pavement and cement pavement in permafrost regions.

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    Junwei, Zhang; Jinping, Li; Xiaojuan, Quan

    2013-01-01

    The permafrost degradation is the fundamental cause generating embankment diseases and pavement diseases in permafrost region while the permafrost degradation is related with temperature. Based on the field monitoring results of ground temperature along G214 Highway in high temperature permafrost regions, both the ground temperatures in superficial layer and the annual average temperatures under the embankment were discussed, respectively, for concrete pavements and asphalt pavements. The maximum depth of temperature field under the embankment for concrete pavements and asphalt pavements was also studied by using the finite element method. The results of numerical analysis indicate that there were remarkable seasonal differences of the ground temperatures in superficial layer between asphalt pavement and concrete pavement. The maximum influencing depth of temperature field under the permafrost embankment for every pavement was under the depth of 8 m. The thawed cores under both embankments have close relation with the maximum thawed depth, the embankment height, and the service time. The effective measurements will be proposed to keep the thermal stabilities of highway embankment by the results. PMID:24027444

  7. POROUS PAVEMENT. PHASE I. DESIGN AND OPERATIONAL CRITERIA

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    Design and operational criteria, utilization concepts, benefits and disadvantages, as well as other characteristics of porous pavements are presented in this report. Particular emphasis is placed on porous asphalt pavements, but the criteria and design approach are applicable to ...

  8. Research on tensile strength characteristics of bridge deck pavement bonding layers

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    Wu, Shaopeng; Han, Jun

    2010-03-01

    As the development of the traffic in the world, the bridge deck pavement is playing a more and more important role in the whole traffic system. Big span bridge has become more and more especially cement concrete bridge, therefore the bridge deck pavement bonding layers are emphasized as an important part of bridge traffic system, which can mitigate travel impact to bridge and magnify stationary or traffic amenity. The quality and durability of deck pavement bonding layer has directly effect on traffic safety, comfort, durability and investment of bridge. It represents the first line of defence against the ingress of water, road de-icing salts and aggressive chemicals. In real project, many early age damage of bridge deck pavement has become serious disease that affecting the function of bridge. During the construction of the bridge deck, many types of asphalt binders were used, such as styrene-butadiene-styrene (SBS) modified asphalt, styrene-butadiene rubber (SBR) modified asphalt, neoprene latex asphalt, etc. In this paper UTM-25 was used to test the tensile strength of different bridge deck pavement bonding layers with the different treatment methods to inter-surface.

  9. Discrete element modelling of permanent pavement deformation in granular materials

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    Cai, Wei

    2015-01-01

    The permanent deformation of a pavement due to vehicle load is one of the important factors affecting the design life as well as the maintenance cost of a pavement. For the purpose of obtaining a cost-effective design, it is advisable to predict the traffic-loadinduced permanent pavement deformation. The permanent deformation in pavements (i.e. rutting) can be classified into three categories, including the wearing of the asphalt layers, compaction, and shear deformations. In the present stud...

  10. Comparative Study of French and Chinese Asphalt Pavement Design Methods

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    Pierre Guy Atangana Njock; Li Yueguang

    2015-01-01

    This study deals with the comparison of French and Chinese approaches for the design of flexible pavement. The Finite Element Analysis (FEA using ANSYS) was used to compute and compare the mechanical responses in four typical pavement structures used in France and China, for respective axle type and loads. The study concluded that the maximum deflection in typical structure of stabilized asphalt pavement in China is greater than that obtained in the typical treated bases asphalt pavement in F...

  11. An Innovative Strategy for Maintenance of Highway Pavement

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    Sandeep Choudhary, Dr. P. K. Agarwal

    2013-01-01

    Highway pavement are deteriorating fast due to lack of timely maintenance, leading to higher vehicle operating costs, increasing number of accidents etc. Thus, timely maintenance of the highway pavement is essential. Because, once pavements start to deteriorate; they deteriorate rapidly beyond the point where maintenance is effective. Thus, there is an urgent need to develop a strategy for maintenance of pavement in a huge highway network. In this study, an innovative strategy for maintenance...

  12. Calculation method for permanent deformation of unbound pavement materials

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    Korkiala-Tanttu, Leena

    2009-01-01

    An analytical-mechanistic method for the calculation of permanent deformations of pavements has been developed at the Technical Research Centre of Finland (VTT) over some years by the author. The calculation method is needed in the analytical design procedure of pavements. This research concentrated on the calculation method for permanent deformations in unbound pavement materials. The calculation method was generated based on the results of full-scale accelerated pavement tests along with th...

  13. Quantifying the Benefits of Good Pavement Asset Management

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    Hudson, W. Ronald; Haas, Ralph

    2015-01-01

    In the 1970s it became clear that pavements could not actually be designed for 30-50 year life; and that they had to be managed. It was found necessary to consider construction, maintenance, rehabilitation, and even reconstruction in the life of pavements, not just a design. The concept of pavement management was thus born. The authors have jointly about 8 decades of experience in pavement management, and, with others have seen many agencies and engineers realize the qualitative benefits of p...

  14. Benefits of including hot mix recycled materials in pavement design

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    Oliveira, Joel; Pereira, Paulo A. A.; Pais, Jorge C.; Santos, Luís Picado

    2005-01-01

    Pavement recycling is becoming more acceptable among the available techniques for pavement maintenance/rehabilitation. It is based on sustainable development, by reusing materials reclaimed from the pavements and reducing the disposal of asphalt materials. Based on the results obtained from laboratory tests carried out on two bituminous mixtures, one of which including 50% of recycled asphalt, some simulations were made for the design of a pavement where those mixtures would be used as a bitu...

  15. Full scale accelerated testing of bituminous road pavement mixtures

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    Gilchrist, M. D.; Hartman, Anton M.; Owende, Philip; et al.,

    2001-01-01

    The in-service behaviour of a standard Irish Dense Base Coarse Macadam mixture (DBC) was evaluated by using the material to overlay a road section, which was based upon a weak pavement structure. The response of the layer under a fully laden dual axle truck was examined using a series of pressure cells and asphalt strain gauges that were embedded in the test section. The section was traversed repeatedly until a network of fatigue cracks was observed on the road surface. The transverse horizon...

  16. Sensitivity analysis of longitudinal cracking on asphalt pavement using MEPDG in permafrost region

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    Chen Zhang

    2015-02-01

    Full Text Available Longitudinal cracking is one of the most important distresses of asphalt pavement in permafrost regions. The sensitivity analysis of design parameters for asphalt pavement can be used to study the influence of every parameter on longitudinal cracking, which can help optimizing the design of the pavement structure. In this study, 20 test sections of Qinghai–Tibet Highway were selected to conduct the sensitivity analysis of longitudinal cracking on material parameter based on Mechanistic-Empirical Pavement Design Guide (MEPDG and single factorial sensitivity analysis method. Some computer aided engineering (CAE simulation techniques, such as the Latin hypercube sampling (LHS technique and the multiple regression analysis are used as auxiliary means. Finally, the sensitivity spectrum of material parameter on longitudinal cracking was established. The result shows the multiple regression analysis can be used to determine the remarkable influence factor more efficiently and to process the qualitative analysis when applying the MEPDG software in sensitivity analysis of longitudinal cracking in permafrost regions. The effect weights of the three parameters on longitudinal cracking in descending order are air void, effective binder content and PG grade. The influence of air void on top layer is bigger than that on middle layer and bottom layer. The influence of effective asphalt content on top layer is bigger than that on middle layer and bottom layer, and the influence of bottom layer is slightly bigger than middle layer. The accumulated value of longitudinal cracking on middle layer and bottom layer in the design life would begin to increase when the design temperature of PG grade increased.

  17. Summary of Construction Activities and Results from Six Initial Accelerated Pavement Tests Conducted on Asphalt Concrete Pavement Section for Modified-Binder Overlay

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    Bejarano, Manuel O.; Morton, Bruce S.; Scheffy, Clark

    2005-01-01

    This report summarizes the activities and data collected during the construction of a pavement section used for investigating the performance of asphalt concrete pavements under accelerated pavement testing. This report also presents the preliminary results of six accelerated pavement tests conducted on the test section. The pavement section was constructed in September 2001 at the Pavement Research Center, located at the University of California Richmond Field Station. The construct...

  18. "Full-Scale Testing of Pavement Response"

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    Ullidtz, Per; Ekdahl, Peter

    Three pavement sections in southern Sweden were instrumented in late 1991. Each section have instruments for measuring the strain at the bottom of the asphalt layer, vertical stress and strains in the subgrade and temperatures at different depths. The purpose was to evaluate different theoretical...

  19. Simulation of cooling effect of newly-innovated urban pavements on water and heat budgets

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    Nakayam, T.; Fujita, T.

    2007-12-01

    People often suffer from the intense summer heat in Japan. This trend is increasing in urban areas because of the heat island effect and global warming. The present research evaluated the effect of pavements made of traditional and new materials on water and heat budgets. We coupled the NIES Integrated Catchment-based Eco- hydrology (NICE) model (Nakayama, 2007; Nakayama and Watanabe, 2004, 2006, 2007; Nakayama et al., 2006, 2007) to an urban canopy model in order to simulate the water and heat budgets in various types of natural and artificial pavements (covered by lawn, concrete, steel plate, synthetic rubber sheet, infiltration and water-holding blocks), and to evaluate the role of a new surface material in promoting evaporation and cooling to counter the heat island phenomenon (NICE-URBAN), by comparing with the simplified empirical model. Furthermore, using the heat conductivities of natural soil, we arranged these values for artificial pavement in the model equations by including the effect of the amount of water on the heat characteristics in the material. The simulated belowground water agreed with the observed value because this model includes the processes of both interception store and soil moisture store. The NICE-URBAN simulated more correctly the cooling of water-holding pavement during the intense heat of summer in an urban area than the empirical model. Because the model estimates that the air temperature at the water-holding pavement is 2 (deg.) lower than that at the lawn and 5 (deg.) lower than that at the building rooftop, it is very powerful to use this material for positive cooling effect in combination with the lawn for passive cooling effect. The simulation of NICE-URBAN showed that the decrease of surface temperature in water-holding pavement is closely related to the promotion of evaporation from the surface, the water volume of the pavement and the surface reflectance. References; 1)Nakayama,T.,Watanabe,M.,WRR,40,doi:10.1029/2004WR003174,2004. 2)Nakayama,T.,Watanabe,M.,HESSD,3,2101-2144,2006. 3)Nakayama,T.,et al.,HP,20(16),3441-3466,doi:10.1002/hyp.6142,2006. 4)Nakayama,T.,Ecol.Model.,2007(revised). 5)Nakayama,T.,Watanabe,M.,HP,doi:10.1002/hyp.6684,2007. 6)Nakayama,T.,et al.,STOTEN,373(1),270-288,doi:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2006.11.033,2007.

  20. Analysis of Asphalt Pavement under Nonuniform Tire-pavement Contact Stress using Finite Element Method

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    A.K. Ariffin

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Tire-pavement contact stress is traditionally assumed to be uniformly distributed over a circular contact area. In this study, the tire-pavement contact pressure has been modeled to be nonuniform. A new tire model is developed for the analysis based on the geometry of the tire footprint because the contact area between the tire and the pavement is not exactly rectangular or circular. The objective of this study is to develop a finite element model based on viscoplastic theory for simulating the laboratory testing of asphalt mixes in Hamburg Wheel Rut Tester (HWRT for rutting and to model in-situ pavement performance. The creep parameters C1, C2 and C2 are developed from the triaxial repeated load creep test at 50C and at frequency of 1 Hz. Viscoplastic model (creep model is adopted and a commercially available Finite Element (FE program, ANSYS, is used in this study, in order to predict the rutting for in-situ pavement under nonuniform contact pressure. In the simulation, the used element has an eight-node with a three degrees of freedom per node translations in the nodal x, y and z directions. Dual wheel system of a standard axle load of 80 kN is used in the 2D pavement in-situ performance analysis. Reasonable agreement has been obtained between the predicted rut depths and the measured one. Moreover, it is found that creep model parameter C1, strongly influences rutting than the parameter C3. Finally it can be concluded that creep model based on finite element method can be used as an effective tools to analyze rutting of asphalt pavements.

  1. Multiple nuclide cosmogenic dating of very old desert pavements on the Puna Plateau, Northwest Argentina

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    Dortch, J.; Schoenbohm, L. M.

    2011-12-01

    Wind erosion of bedrock has been suggested to be responsible for the removal of more than 800 m of strata in the Qaidam Basin while wind deposition creates large-scale landforms such as the loess plateau. Wind eroded landforms, such as desert pavements in the Namibian Desert, Africa, form relic landscapes that are stable for more than 5 Ma. Desert pavements are of particular importance because of their widespread occurrence on terraces and fans, in mountains and coastal areas, and in hot and cold deserts including: Southwestern Africa, Antartic Dry valleys, Southwest USA, Denmark, Ireland, Israel, Sweden, and Central Tibet. Moreover, greater than 95 % of ventifacts on desert pavements are suspected to be late Quaternary to Holocene in age and are located on surfaces suitable for cosmogenic radionuclide dating. In spite of this, glacial, fluvial, and mass wasting systems have received far more attention than wind as an important geomorphic agent of erosion, deposition, and rock mass redistribution. Our goal is to: 1) quantify bedrock wind erosion rates; 2) quantify the ages of old, stable desert pavements; 3) and to identify which lithology-isotope pair provides the most accurate exposure ages for desert pavements in arid landscapes. The Puna Plateau, Argentina, is an ideal area to undertake this study because numerous wind eroded/deposited landforms are present, rates of fluvial erosion are low, and glaciation is limited. Mapping using remote sensed images shows that a significant portion of the Puna Plateau surface is covered by wind eroded or wind deposited landforms. These landforms align with the dominant wind direction (southeast) determined from ~450 ventifact measurements from 9 locations on the plateau. Twelve amalgamated samples sets that span six lithologies (granite, gneiss, quartzite, rhyolite, diabase, and basalt) using four cosmogenic isotopes (10Be, 26Al, 36Cl, 3He) on ventifacted clasts were collected from two surfaces to identify the most appropriate lithologies and cosmogenic isotopes for obtaining an accurate chronology of desert pavements. Moreover, 3He dating of six in situ samples from basalt flows with independent 39Ar/40Ar ages will begin to address long-term time-averaged wind erosion rates of bedrock while enabling wind-erosion rate corrections for pavement ventifacts. Our results and methodology can be applied worldwide and will aid future research in the many environments where ventifacts and/or high wind erosion rates are found.

  2. Orientation patterns of stone pavements as a result of modern geomorphologic processes

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    Dietze, Michael; Kleber, Arno

    2010-05-01

    Stone pavements are typical surface features of climate-sensitive, arid environments. They form a tightly interlocking mosaic of clasts, covering virtually stone-free aeolian material. However, this mosaic does not generally exhibit random orientation of its constituents. Rather, there are systematic unimodal to bimodal distributions of stone length axes present. These orientation patterns may be the result of active geomorphologic processes, implying the unstable and fragile nature of this landform as well as a dominant lateral geomorphologic component, not considered in existing models of stone pavement formation. Responsible processes should be controlled by relief properties and may thus be described by topographic attributes. From three study areas (Laguna Salada, Mexico, eastern Mojave Desert and southern Sevier Basin, USA) we present measurements of pavement stone orientations and their relationship to landscape parameters. From 1 by 1 m sized plots azimuthal digital images were taken, corrected, georeferenced and length as well as orientation angle of the a- and b-axes of at least 100 stones were digitised. Subsequently, statistical parameters of circular data were calculated. From a digital elevation model relief attributes were derived to test their influence on pavement patterns. Three general types of orientation patterns were identified from all study areas: unimodal, bimodal and unoriented. These types are clustered together and may change within small lateral distance. The type of pattern is not influenced by stone dimensions or the formation character of the site (i.e. basalt flow vs. alluvial fan). Relief properties (e.g. slope length, specific catchment, inclination), controlling lateral geomorphologic processes appear to play a major role in generating orientation patterns in stone pavement surfaces. Hence, from pattern analysis the dynamic nature of these features can be drawn.

  3. Full-Depth Pavement Reclamation with Foamed Asphalt: Final Report

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    Jones, David; P. Fu; Harvey, John T; Halles, F.

    2008-01-01

    A comprehensive study on full-depth reclamation (FDR) of pavements with foamed asphalt has been completed for the California Department of Transportation by the University of California Pavement Research Center. A literature review revealed that very little research had been carried out on the reclamation of thick asphalt pavements (multiple overlays over a relatively weak base or subgrade). A mechanistic sensitivity analysis was carried out to identify key variables in the design of recycled...

  4. Recyclability of Concrete Pavement Incorporating High Volume of Fly Ash

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    Isamu Yoshitake; Takeo Ishida; Sunao Fukumoto

    2015-01-01

    Recyclable concrete pavement was made from fly ash and crushed limestone sand and gravel as aggregates so that the concrete pavement could be recycled to raw materials for cement production. With the aim to use as much fly ash as possible for the sustainable development of society, while achieving adequate strength development, pavement concrete having a cement-replacement ratio of 40% by mass was experimentally investigated, focusing on the strength development at an early age. Limestone pow...

  5. Analysis of Experimental Pavement Failure Data Using Duration Models

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    Prozzi, Jorge A; Madanat, Samer

    2003-01-01

    Predicting pavement performance under the combined action of traffic and the environment provides valuable information to a highway agency. The estimation of the time at which the pavement conditions will fall below an acceptable level (failure) is essential to program maintenance and rehabilitation works and for budgetary purposes. However, the failure time of a pavement is a highly variable event; terminal conditions will be reached at different times at various locations along a homogeneou...

  6. Pilot Project for Fixed Segmentation of the Pavement Network

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    Kohler, Erwin R.; Santero, Nicholas J; Harvey, John T

    2005-01-01

    This report presents the results of the study, "Pilot Project for Fixed Segmentation of the Pavement Network." The goal of this pilot project was to study a small sample of the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) network to determine the feasibility of expanding the pilot approach to the entire pavement network. The project's work included evaluating the effectiveness of ground penetrating radar (GPR) and limited coring for measuring pavement layer thicknesses and type...

  7. Performance of Recycled Asphalt Pavement as Coarse Aggregate in Concrete

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    Fidelis O. OKAFOR

    2010-01-01

    Recycled asphalt pavement (RAP) is the reclaimed and reprocessed pavement material containing asphalt and aggregate. Most RAP is recycled back into pavements, and as a result there is a general lack of data pertaining to the mechanical properties for RAP in other possible applications such as Portland cement concrete. In the present study, some mechanical properties of Portland cement concrete containing RAP as coarse aggregate were investigated in the laboratory. Six concrete mixes of widely...

  8. Truck fleet model for design and assessment of flexible pavements

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    Belay, Abraham; O'Brien, Eugene J.; Kroese, Dirk P.

    2008-01-01

    The mechanistic empirical method of flexible pavement design/assessment uses a large number of numerical truck model runs to predict a history of dynamic load. The pattern of dynamic load distribution along the pavement is a key factor in the design/ assessment of flexible pavement. While this can be measured in particular cases, there are no reliable methods of predicting the mean pattern for typical traffic conditions. A simple linear quarter car model is developed here which aims to reprod...

  9. Utilize Cementitious High Carbon Fly Ash (CHCFA) to Stabilize Cold In-Place Recycled (CIR) Asphalt Pavement as Base Coarse

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    Wen, Haifang; Li, Xiaojun; Edil, Tuncer; O' Donnell, Jonathan; Danda, Swapna

    2011-02-05

    The purpose of this study was to evaluate the performance of cementitious high carbon fly ash (CHCFA) stabilized recycled asphalt pavement as a base course material in a real world setting. Three test road cells were built at MnROAD facility in Minnesota. These cells have the same asphalt surface layers, subbases, and subgrades, but three different base courses: conventional crushed aggregates, untreated recycled pavement materials (RPM), and CHCFA stabilized RPM materials. During and after the construction of the three cells, laboratory and field tests were carried out to characterize the material properties. The test results were used in the mechanistic-empirical pavement design guide (MEPDG) to predict the pavement performance. Based on the performance prediction, the life cycle analyses of cost, energy consumption, and greenhouse gasses were performed. The leaching impacts of these three types of base materials were compared. The laboratory and field tests showed that fly ash stabilized RPM had higher modulus than crushed aggregate and RPM did. Based on the MEPDG performance prediction, the service life of the Cell 79 containing fly ash stabilized RPM, is 23.5 years, which is about twice the service life (11 years) of the Cell 77 with RPM base, and about three times the service life (7.5 years) of the Cell 78 with crushed aggregate base. The life cycle analysis indicated that the usage of the fly ash stabilized RPM as the base of the flexible pavement can significantly reduce the life cycle cost, the energy consumption, the greenhouse gases emission. Concentrations of many trace elements, particularly those with relatively low water quality standards, diminish over time as water flows through the pavement profile. For many elements, concentrations below US water drinking water quality standards are attained at the bottom of the pavement profile within 2-4 pore volumes of flow.

  10. Procuring Pavement Management Data-Collection Services

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    Bennett, C R

    2008-01-01

    Data are the foundation for any successful pavement management system (PMS). Without appropriate and relevant data, the PMS cannot be used to make sensible decisions. As data-collection technologies become more sophisticated, the trend is. away from agencies conducting in-house data collection towards contracting out these services. For this to be effective, it is necessary for the agency to ensure that it has an appropriate specification, good contract management procedures, and a robust qua...

  11. COMPARISON OF PAVEMENT STRUCTURES IN TUNNELS

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    Rimac, Ivan; Šimun, Miroslav; Dimter, Sanja

    2014-01-01

    Tunnels pose many fire risks. It is difficult to fight fires in tunnels due to their limited accessibility, the quantity of smoke, and high thermal radiation. Temperatures in tunnel fires can reach 1000 °C, and these fires can spread quickly and persist for long periods, the longest recorded in Europe lasting 53 h. The main requirements of tunnel pavement structures are driving safety and comfort, as well as low construction and maintenance costs. Choosing between using concrete or asphalt pa...

  12. A study of bituminous pavements to determine a correlation between pavement structure designs and tripping of asphalt cement

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    Barton, B. R.

    1984-03-01

    After detecting a few cases of stripping of asphalt cement from the aggregate in bituminous pavement, there was concern that stripping might be a widespread problem in the state. It is agreed that water is the cause of stripping, and it was the opinion of some that pavements on granular bases would be less likely to strip because of supposedly better drainage characteristics. Differently designed pavement structures in all areas of the state were investigated to determine if there is a correlation between base and pavement design and stripping. Stripping was not as widespread as had been feared and there was less stripping in fulldepth bituminous base and pavement constructed over a lime-treated subgrade than in pavements constructed oer granular bases. This was contrary to what some had theorized.

  13. Predicting Financial Distress and the Performance of Distressed Stocks

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    Campbell, John Y.; Hilscher, Jens Dietrich; Szilagyi, Jan

    2011-01-01

    In this paper, we consider the measurement and pricing of distress risk.We present a model of corporate failure in which accounting and market-based measures forecast the likelihood of future financial distress. Our best model is more accurate than leading alternative measures of corporate failure risk.We use our measure of financial distress to examine the performance of distressed stocks from 1981 to 2008. We find that distressed stocks have high stock return volatility and high market beta...

  14. Disaster Distress Helpline

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    ... Storms Hurricanes and Tropical Storms Floods Wildfires Earthquakes Drought Incidents of Mass Violence The Disaster Distress Helpline ... Data Set (TEDS) for admissions in 2012 and trend data for 2002 to 2012. The report provides ...

  15. Design of a sensor for asphalt pavement pressure field measurements

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    Liu, Hongyue; Liang, Dakai; Han, Xiaolin; Wang, Xiaogang

    2013-06-01

    From the sensitivity of the FBG center wavelength changing with strain changes on the surface, the design of a FBG strain-based asphalt pavement pressure sensor is described by designing a special FBG asphalt box-film packaging structure. The compactness and simplicity of the device are achieved by using the corresponding package obtained from common available asphalt. Numerical analysis and experimental results show that the response of the sensor has good regularity for a wide range of travel (0MPa to 5.3312MPa). In the load range, the FBG center wavelength increases from 1548.264nm to 1548.346nm which shows a good correspondence with loads. Linearity, travel and sensitivity are experimentally determined by different packaging parameters. A design chart that includes the travel (0MPa to 5.3312MPa) and the sensitivity (15.3812pm/MPa) is finally proposed.

  16. Application of CalME incremental-recursive method to the evaluation of the structural condition as asphalt pavements

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    CalME procedure represents one of the most advanced tools for the design, of flexible pavements world-wide. IT is an incremental-recursive method, which means that pavements service life must be divided into many time intervals where both structural integrity and environmental conditions can be regarded as constants. It also means that the damage calculated at the end of each interval must be considered as initial condition for the next one. The goal of this type of models is the prediction of the evolution of the different distress mechanisms. The advantages of incremental-recursive procedures versus classical analytical design are shown in this paper. Advantages are shown not only in terms of design, but also as a tool in order to support structural evaluation. In particular, the potential of asphalt fatigue model incorporated in CalME is presented. this model is initially calibrated in the laboratory, and it is then re-calibrated based on the actual performance observed from field deflection testing. The model provides a reliable prediction of the future evolution of the damage of the asphalt mixture. Fatigue model validation has been conducted based on the performance from several flexible sections evaluated in CEDEX full-scale pavements test track. (Author) 14 refs.

  17. Relationships between laboratory measured HMA material and mixture properties and pavement performance at WesTrack

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    Hand, Adam J. T.

    For years researchers and practitioners alike in the pavements and materials industry have attempted to establish relationships between laboratory measured material and mixture properties and actual pavement performance. The ultimate goal of any highway agency is to have performance related specifications, which require such relationships. This sounds simple enough, but in reality such a task is not so simple due to the extremely complex behavior of hot mix asphalt. Due to the fact that it takes many years to evaluate new materials and methodologies, the use of accelerated loading facilities such as WesTrack for evaluation purposes becomes very advantageous. The research presented here produces multiple permanent deformation performance relationships for the WesTrack project, some of which may be extended to other environments. An attempt to develop similar fatigue performance relationships was unsuccessful due partially to the lack of fatigue distress at WesTrack to date. Additionally, mix design and some quality control data summaries are presented for the project along with an investigation into a potential cause of the premature rutting of coarse Superpave mixes. The investigation resulted in the development of precision statements for the ASTM D5821-95 coarse aggregate angularity test method and a better understanding of the sensitivity of coarse Superpave mixtures.

  18. MaNIAC-UAV - a methodology for automatic pavement defects detection using images obtained by Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

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    Henrique Castelo Branco, Luiz; César Lima Segantine, Paulo

    2015-09-01

    Intelligent Transportation Systems - ITS is a set of integrated technologies (Remote Sensing, Image Processing, Communications Systems and others) that aim to offer services and advanced traffic management for the several transportation modes (road, air and rail). Collect data on the characteristics and conditions of the road surface and keep them update is an important and difficult task that needs to be currently managed in order to reduce accidents and vehicle maintenance costs. Nowadays several roads and highways are paved, but usually there is insufficient updated data about current condition and status. There are different types of pavement defects on the roads and to keep them in good condition they should be constantly monitored and maintained according to pavement management strategy. This paper presents a methodology to obtain, automatically, information about the conditions of the highway asphalt pavement. Data collection was done through remote sensing using an UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) and the image processing and pattern recognition techniques through Geographic Information System.

  19. Global Cooling: Policies to Cool the World and Offset Global Warming from CO2 Using Reflective Roofs and Pavements

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    Akbari, Hashem; Levinson, Ronnen; Rosenfeld, Arthur; Elliot, Matthew

    2009-08-28

    Increasing the solar reflectance of the urban surface reduce its solar heat gain, lowers its temperatures, and decreases its outflow of thermal infrared radiation into the atmosphere. This process of 'negative radiative forcing' can help counter the effects of global warming. In addition, cool roofs reduce cooling-energy use in air conditioned buildings and increase comfort in unconditioned buildings; and cool roofs and cool pavements mitigate summer urban heat islands, improving outdoor air quality and comfort. Installing cool roofs and cool pavements in cities worldwide is a compelling win-win-win activity that can be undertaken immediately, outside of international negotiations to cap CO{sub 2} emissions. We propose an international campaign to use solar reflective materials when roofs and pavements are built or resurfaced in temperate and tropical regions.

  20. An analysis of pavement heat flux to optimize the water efficiency of a pavement-watering method

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    Pavement-watering as a technique of cooling dense urban areas and reducing the urban heat island effect has been studied since the 1990's. The method is currently considered as a potential tool for and climate change adaptation against increasing heat wave intensity and frequency. However, although water consumption necessary to implement this technique is an important aspect for decision makers, optimization of possible watering methods has only rarely been conducted. An analysis of pavement heat flux at a depth of 5 cm and solar irradiance measurements is proposed to attempt to optimize the watering period, cycle frequency and water consumption rate of a pavement-watering method applied in Paris over the summer of 2013. While fine-tuning of the frequency can be conducted on the basis of pavement heat flux observations, the watering rate requires a heat transfer analysis based on a relation established between pavement heat flux and solar irradiance during pavement insolation. From this, it was found that watering conducted during pavement insolation could be optimized to 30-min cycles and water consumption could be reduced by more than 80% while reducing the cooling effect by less than 13%. - Highlights: • The thermal effects of pavement-watering were investigated in Paris, France. • Pavement-watering was found to significantly affect pavement heat flux 5 cm deep. • When insolated, a linear relation was found between heat flux and solar radiation. • Pavement-watering did not alter its slope, but introduced a negative intercept. • Subsequent improvements of the watering period, frequency and rate are proposed

  1. Full-Depth Asphalt Pavements for Parking Lots and Driveways.

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    Asphalt Inst., College Park, MD.

    The latest information for designing full-depth asphalt pavements for parking lots and driveways is covered in relationship to the continued increase in vehicle registration. It is based on The Asphalt Institute's Thickness Design Manual, Series No. 1 (MS-1), Seventh Edition, which covers all aspects of asphalt pavement thickness design in detail,…

  2. Comparative Study of French and Chinese Asphalt Pavement Design Methods

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    Pierre Guy Atangana Njock

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available This study deals with the comparison of French and Chinese approaches for the design of flexible pavement. The Finite Element Analysis (FEA using ANSYS was used to compute and compare the mechanical responses in four typical pavement structures used in France and China, for respective axle type and loads. The study concluded that the maximum deflection in typical structure of stabilized asphalt pavement in China is greater than that obtained in the typical treated bases asphalt pavement in France. Therefore, the high modulus materials used in the French method allows the structure to have a high rutting resistance compared to Chinese pavement structures whose the values of the elastic modulus of materials are relatively lower. The results also shown that, the Chinese methodology is advantageous for the design of semi-rigid asphalt pavement, in terms of the mechanical response at the bottom of treated base layer. There are considerable differences between the equivalent axle load conversion methods and the reference axles loads used in France and in China and both methodologies pavement design indexes are established on the criterion of fatigue at the bottom of asphaltic concrete layer for acceptable pavement performance at the end of the design period (i.e., acceptable levels of rutting, fatigue cracking and thermal cracking.

  3. Development of Improved Mechanistic Deterioration Models for Flexible Pavements

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    Ullidtz, Per; Ertman, Hans Larsen

    The paper describes a pilot study in Denmark with the main objective of developing improved mechanistic deterioration models for flexible pavements based on an accelerated full scale test on an instrumented pavement in the Danish Road Tessting Machine. The study was the first in "International...

  4. Lichen colonization of the Roman pavement at Baelo Claudia ( Cadiz, Spain): biodeterioration vs. bioprotection

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    Ario, Xavier; Ortega Calvo, J.J.; Gmez Bolea, A.; Siz-Jimnez, Cesreo

    1995-01-01

    This paper describes the effect of lichen colonization on the first century A.D. pavement of the forum at Baelo Claudia, a Roman city located in southern Spain. Lichen colonization is scarce, covering only 13% of the total surface. The rest of the flagstones are mostly uncovered but show strong physico-chemical weathering. The flagstones colonized by lichens do not show weathering. The distribution of the species is influenced by environmental factors, confirming the role of lichens as bioind...

  5. A Simple Field Test to Evaluate the Maintenance Requirements of Permeable Interlocking Concrete Pavements

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    Terry Lucke; Richard White; Peter Nichols; Sönke Borgwardt

    2015-01-01

    Adequate infiltration through Permeable Interlocking Concrete Pavements (PICPs) is critical to their hydraulic and stormwater treatment performance. Infiltration is affected by clogging caused by the trapping of fines in the PICP surface, which, over time, reduces treatment performance. Clogging can be reduced by periodic maintenance such as vacuum sweeping and/or pressure washing. Maintenance requirements can be indicated by measuring reduced infiltration rates. This paper compared infiltrat...

  6. The use of Deflection Measurements in Pavement Management of the Primary Road Network of Wallonia, Belgium

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    Van Geem, Carl; Nigro, Pierre; Berlmont, Bruno

    2015-01-01

    The road authorities of the primary road network of motorways and main roads in Wallonia (Belgium) determined the priorities for road maintenance from surface characteristics such as roughness, skid resistance and rutting. Recently, they added the structural health (and primarily the bearing capacity) as a criterion for pavement management. The structural health of the road sections is estimated from deflection measurements obtained with Falling Weight Deflectometer and Curviameter. This pape...

  7. Pavement Subgrade Performance Study in the Danish Road Testing Machine

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    Ullidtz, Per; Ertman Larsen, Hans Jørgen

    , however, the strain criteria seem to give a reasonably good prediction of the bearing capacity of the pavement.The differences between measured and theoretical values appear to be due to inhomogeneities in the pavement, to the non-linear elastic subgrade modulus and to a modulus gradient in the subgrade.......Most existing pavement subgrade criteria are based on the AASHO Road Test, where only one material was tested and for only one climatic condition. To study the validity of these criteria and to refine the criteria a co-operative research program entitled the "International Pavement Subgrade...... Performance Study" was sponsored by the FHWA with American, Finnish and Danish partners. This paper describes the first test series which was carried out in the Danish Road Testing Machine (RTM).The first step in this program is a full scale test on an instrumented pavement in the Danish Road Testing Machine...

  8. Pervious Concrete: New Era For Rural Road Pavement

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    Darshan S. Shah 1 , Prof. Jayeshkumar Pitroda2Prof.J.J.Bhavsar

    2013-08-01

    Full Text Available Pervious concrete is a relatively new concept for rural road pavement, with increase into the problems in rural areas related to the low ground water level, agricultural problem. Pervious concrete has introduced in rural road as a road pavement material. Pervious concrete as a paving material has seen renewed interest due to its ability to allow waterto flow through itself to recharge groundwater level and minimize storm water runoff. This introduction topervious concrete pavements reviews its applications and engineering properties, including environmentalbenefits, structural properties, and durability.In rural area cost consideration is the primary factor which must be kept in mind. So that in rural areas costly storm water management practices is not applicable. Pervious concrete pavement is unique and effective means to meet growing environmental demands. By capturing rainwater and allowing it to seep into the ground. This pavement technology createsmore efficient land use by eliminating the need for retention ponds, swell, and other costly stormwater management devices.

  9. The impact of light-colored pavements on active layer dynamics revealed by Ground-Penetrating Radar monitoring

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    Jørgensen, Anders Stuhr; Ingeman-Nielsen, Thomas

    use of the reflective surface and a reduced depth to frost table. In late summer the difference in the depths to the frost table is approximately 0.9 m. The results should promote the interest in the development and use of light colored pavement materials in order to reduce the effect of a warming...

  10. Pavement structure mechanics response of flexible on semi-flexible overlay that based on the old cement concrete pavement damage

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    Jiang Ruinan

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available The old cement pavement damage status directly affect the design of the paving renovation. Based on the state of the old road investigation, combined with the research data at home and abroad, use the control index that average deflection, deflection value and CBR value to determine the reasonable time to overlay. Draw up the typical pavement structure according to the principle of combination of old cement pavement overlay structure design, and calculated that the tensile stress and shear stress in asphalt layer ,semi-flexible layer and the tensile in the old cement pavement adopting BISA3.0 statics finite element analysis model when modulus in the old road was diminishing. Use the computed result to analyses the influence of old road damage condition the influence of pavement structure.

  11. Work flow of signal processing data of ground penetrating radar case of rigid pavement measurements

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    The signal processing of Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) requires a certain work flow to obtain good results. Even though the Ground Penetrating Radar data looks similar with seismic reflection data, but the GPR data has particular signatures that the seismic reflection data does not have. This is something to do with coupling between antennae and the ground surface. Because of this, the GPR data should be treated differently from the seismic signal data processing work flow. Even though most of the processing steps still follow the same work flow of seismic reflection data such as: filtering, predictive deconvolution etc. This paper presents the work flow of GPR processing data on rigid pavement measurements. The processing steps start from raw data, de-Wow process, remove DC and continue with the standard process to get rid of noises i.e. filtering process. Some radargram particular features of rigid pavement along with pile foundations are presented

  12. Work flow of signal processing data of ground penetrating radar case of rigid pavement measurements

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    Handayani, Gunawan [The Earth Physics and Complex Systems Research Group (Jl. Ganesa 10 Bandung Indonesia) gunawanhandayani@gmail.com (Indonesia)

    2015-04-16

    The signal processing of Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) requires a certain work flow to obtain good results. Even though the Ground Penetrating Radar data looks similar with seismic reflection data, but the GPR data has particular signatures that the seismic reflection data does not have. This is something to do with coupling between antennae and the ground surface. Because of this, the GPR data should be treated differently from the seismic signal data processing work flow. Even though most of the processing steps still follow the same work flow of seismic reflection data such as: filtering, predictive deconvolution etc. This paper presents the work flow of GPR processing data on rigid pavement measurements. The processing steps start from raw data, de-Wow process, remove DC and continue with the standard process to get rid of noises i.e. filtering process. Some radargram particular features of rigid pavement along with pile foundations are presented.

  13. Climate change, energy, sustainability and pavements

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    Provides an integrated perspective on understanding the impacts of climate change, energy and sustainable development on transportation infrastructure systems. Presents recent technological innovations and emerging concepts in the field of green and sustainable transportation infrastructure systems with a special focus on highway and airport pavements. Written by leading experts in the field. Climate change, energy production and consumption, and the need to improve the sustainability of all aspects of human activity are key inter-related issues for which solutions must be found and implemented quickly and efficiently. To be successfully implemented, solutions must recognize the rapidly changing socio-techno-political environment and multi-dimensional constraints presented by today's interconnected world. As part of this global effort, considerations of climate change impacts, energy demands, and incorporation of sustainability concepts have increasing importance in the design, construction, and maintenance of highway and airport pavement systems. To prepare the human capacity to develop and implement these solutions, many educators, policy-makers and practitioners have stressed the paramount importance of formally incorporating sustainability concepts in the civil engineering curriculum to educate and train future civil engineers well-equipped to address our current and future sustainability challenges. This book will prove a valuable resource in the hands of researchers, educators and future engineering leaders, most of whom will be working in multidisciplinary environments to address a host of next-generation sustainable transportation infrastructure challenges.

  14. Measurements of the stiffness and thickness of the pavement asphalt layer using the enhanced resonance search method.

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    Zakaria, Nur Mustakiza; Yusoff, Nur Izzi Md; Hardwiyono, Sentot; Nayan, Khairul Anuar Mohd; El-Shafie, Ahmed

    2014-01-01

    Enhanced resonance search (ERS) is a nondestructive testing method that has been created to evaluate the quality of a pavement by means of a special instrument called the pavement integrity scanner (PiScanner). This technique can be used to assess the thickness of the road pavement structure and the profile of shear wave velocity by using the principle of surface wave and body wave propagation. In this study, the ERS technique was used to determine the actual thickness of the asphaltic pavement surface layer, while the shear wave velocities obtained were used to determine its dynamic elastic modulus. A total of fifteen locations were identified and the results were then compared with the specifications of the Malaysian PWD, MDD UKM, and IKRAM. It was found that the value of the elastic modulus of materials is between 3929 MPa and 17726 MPa. A comparison of the average thickness of the samples with the design thickness of MDD UKM showed a difference of 20 to 60%. Thickness of the asphalt surface layer followed the specifications of Malaysian PWD and MDD UKM, while some of the values of stiffness obtained are higher than the standard. PMID:25276854

  15. Preliminary evaluation of the lifecycle costs and market barriers of reflective pavements

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    Ting, M.; Koomey, J.G.; Pomerantz, M.

    2001-01-01

    The objective of this study is to evaluate the life cycle costs and market barriers associated with using reflective paving materials in streets and parking lots as a way to reduce the urban heat island effect. We calculated and compared the life cycle costs of conventional asphalt concrete (AC) pavements to those of other existing pavement technologies with higher reflectivity-portland cement concrete (PCC), porous pavements, resin pavements, AC pavements using light-colored chip seals...

  16. Developing a Network-Level Structural Capacity Index for Structural Evaluation of Pavements

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    Bryce, James M.; Flintsch, Gerardo W.; Katicha, Samer; Diefenderfer, Brian K.

    2013-01-01

    The objective of this project was to develop a structural index for use in network-level pavement evaluation to facilitate the inclusion of the pavement's structural condition in pavement management applications. The primary goal of network-level pavement management is to provide the best service to the users for the available, often limited, resources. Pavement condition can be described in terms of functional and structural condition. The current widespread practice of network-level pavemen...

  17. An Innovative Strategy for Maintenance of Highway Pavement

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    Sandeep Choudhary, Dr. P. K. Agarwal

    2013-05-01

    Full Text Available Highway pavement are deteriorating fast due to lack of timely maintenance, leading to higher vehicle operating costs, increasing number of accidents etc. Thus, timely maintenance of the highway pavement is essential. Because, once pavements start to deteriorate; they deteriorate rapidly beyond the point where maintenance is effective. Thus, there is an urgent need to develop a strategy for maintenance of pavement in a huge highway network. In this study, an innovative strategy for maintenance of highway pavement is proposed. A two stage maintenance strategy is proposed. In stage I, it is proposed to determine priority of highway sections. In Stage II, priority of various maintenance activities to be carried out on various sections will be determined. Maintenance priority of the pavement is based on importance of the road sections, present road conditions, and future road conditions. The methodology proposed in this study is illustrated with the help of example of some hypothetical highway network consisting of 4 sections. Analysis results indicated that the proposed strategy is considered to be more rational, innovative & logical. Some strategies for maintenance of urban roads are also presented in this study. Therefore, it is expected that this study will be useful for maintenance of huge highway network in India and thus will be useful for preserving huge asset of pavement infrastructure.

  18. Evaluation of a highway pavement using non destructive tests: Falling Weight Deflectometer and Ground Penetrating Radar

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    Marecos, Vania; Fontul, Simona; de Lurdes Antunes, Maria

    2015-04-01

    This paper presents the results of the application of Falling Weight Deflectometer (FWD) and Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) to assess the bearing capacity of a rehabilitated flexible highway pavement that began to show the occurrence of cracks in the surface layer, about one year after the improvement works. A visual inspection of the surface of the pavement was performed to identify and characterize the cracks. Several core drills were done to analyse the cracks propagation in depth, these cores were also used for GPR data calibration. From the visual inspection it was concluded that the development of the cracks were top-down and that the cracks were located predominantly in the wheel paths. To determine the thickness of the bituminous and granular layers GPR tests were carried out using two horn antennas of 1,0 GHz and 1,8 GHz and a radar control unit SIR-20, both from GSSI. FWD load tests were performed on the wheel paths and structural models were established, based on the deflections measured, through back calculation. The deformation modulus of the layers was calculated and the bearing capacity of the pavement was determined. Summing up, within this study the GPR was used to continuously detect the layer thickness and the GPR survey data was calibrated with core drills. The results showed variations in the bituminous layer thickness in comparison to project data. From the load tests it was concluded that the deformation modulus of the bituminous layers were also vary variable. Limitations on the pavement bearing capacity were detected in the areas with the lower deformation modulus. This abstract is of interest for COST Action TU1208 Civil Engineering Applications of Ground Penetrating Radar.

  19. The career distress scale

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    Creed, Peter; Hood, Michelle; Praskova, Anna; Makransky, Guido

    2016-01-01

    weaknesses. The absence of a practical, validated scale to assess this construct restricts research related to career distress and limits practitioners who need to assess and treat it. Using a sample of 226 young adults (mean age 20.5 years), we employed item response theory to assess 12 existing career...

  20. Adult respiratory distress syndrome

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    Our present-day knowledge concerning the clinico-chemical and radiological findings in adult respiratory distress syndrome are described. Three typical case histories have been selected to illustrate this condition; they were due to multiple trauma or sepsis. It is stressed that radiology is in a key position for making the diagnosis and for observing the course of the illness. (orig)

  1. Development of Mechanistic-Empirical Flexible Pavement Design in Iran

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    M. Ameri

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Recent advances in flexible pavement design have prompted agencies to move toward the development and use of Mechanistic-Empirical (M-E design procedures. Mechanistic-Empirical (M-E design combine the elements of mechanical modeling and performance observation in determining the required pavement thickness for a set of design condition. In this study, a Mechanistic-Empirical (M-E design procedures and algorithm based on KENLAYER software with regard to Iran climatic and traffic conditions is developed. This study also explores present relationships and diagrams based on effective variable on pavement design to facilitate design process.

  2. An advanced algorithm for highway pavement fissure detection

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    Chen, Bei; Cao, Wenlun; He, Yuyao

    2012-04-01

    This paper presents image detection method of pavement crack based on fractal dimension feature and designs self-adapting algorithm of fractal dimension interval of pavement region. Through image pretreatment, calculation of fractal dimension, self-adapting calculation of dimension interval, we obtain the location image of damage pavement. The experimental results of transverse crack, longitudinal crack, net-shaped crack, pit slot are contrast with that of Sobel operator. The results show that they have the similar capability on the representation of crack, but the proposed method is more flexible on the aspect of representation of crack size and calculation of damage ratio.

  3. Numerical study on the curling and warping of hardened rigid pavement slabs

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    Qin, Yinghong

    In-service hardened concrete pavement suffers from environmental loadings caused by curling and warping of the slab. Traditionally, these loadings are computed on the basis of treating the slab as an elastic material, and of evaluating separately the curling and warping components. This dissertation simulates temperature distribution and moisture distribution through the slabs by use of a developed numerical model that couples the heat transfer and moisture transport. The computation of environmental loadings treats the slab as an elastic-viscous material, which considers the relaxation behavior and Pickett effect of the concrete. The heat transfer model considers the impacts of solar radiation, wind speed, air temperature, pavement slab albedo, etc. on the pavement temperature distribution. This dissertation assesses the difference between documented models that aim to predict pavement temperature, highlighting their pros and cons. The moisture transport model is unique for the documented models; it mimics the wetting and drying events occurring at the slab surface. These events are estimated by a proposed statistical algorithm, which is verified by field rainfall data. Analysis of the predicted results examines on the roles of the local air RH (relative humidity), wind speed, rainy pattern in the moisture distribution through the slab. The findings reveal that seasonal air RH plays a decisive role on the slab's moisture distribution; but wind speed and its daily variation, daily RH variation, and seasonal rainfall pattern plays only a secondary role. This dissertation sheds light on the computation of environmental loadings that in-service pavement slabs suffer from. Analysis of the computed stresses centers on the stress relaxation near the surface, stress evolution after the curing ends, and the impact of construction season on the stress's magnitude. An unexpected finding is that the total environmental loadings at the cyclically-stable state divert from the thermal stresses. At such a state, the total stress at the daytime is roughly equal to the thermal stress; whereas the total stress during the nighttime is far greater than the thermal stress. An explanation for this phenomenon is that during the night hours, the decline of the slab's near-surface temperature leads to a drop of the near-surface RH. This RH drop results in contraction therein and develops additional tensile stresses. The dissertation thus argues that estimating the environmental loadings by solely computing the thermally-induced stresses may reach delusive results. It recommends that the total environmental loadings of in-service slabs should be estimated by a sophisticated model coupling both moisture component and temperature component.

  4. Flexible pavements and climate change: impact of climate change on the performance, maintenance, and life-cycle costs of flexible pavements

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    Qiao, Yaning

    2015-01-01

    Flexible pavements are environmentally sensitive elements of infrastructure and their performance can be influenced by climate. Climate change poses a challenge to design and management of flexible pavements in the future. Climate change can occur worldwide and thus all flexible pavements can be exposed to the impact. However, an assessment framework is not available to evaluate the impact of climate change on flexible pavements in terms of performance, maintenance decision-making and the sub...

  5. Use of VDOT's Pavement Management System to Proactively Plan and Monitor Pavement Maintenance and Rehabilitation Activities to Meet the Agency's Performance Target

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    Hosten, Akyiaa; Chowdhury, Tanveer; Shekharan, Raja A.; Ayotte, Matthew; Coggins, Eddie

    2015-01-01

    The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) has an established Pavement Management Program that includes data collection, needs assessment, performance targets, and performance-based budgeting. As a part of data collection and needs assessment, an annual survey of pavement condition is used to estimate the current and project the future pavement maintenance and rehabilitation needs. Pavement condition targets are established, and are used to monitor and assess the effectiveness of mainte...

  6. Latex improvement of recycled asphalt pavement

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    Drennon, C.

    1982-08-01

    The performance of a single unmodified milled recycled asphalt concrete was compared to milled asphalt concrete modified by addition of three types of rubber latex. Latex was added at 2, 3, 5, and 8 percent latex by weight of asphalt in the asphalt concrete. Lattices used were a styrene butadiene (SBR), a natural rubber (NR), an acrylonitrile butadiene (NBR), and four varieties of out of specification SBR lattices. Marshall tests, while indecisive, showed a modest improvement in properties of SBR and NR added material at 3 and 5 percent latex. Addition of NBR latex caused deterioration in Marshall stability and flow over that of control. Repeated load tests were run using the indirect tensile test, analyzed by the VESYS program, which computes life of pavements. Repeated load tests showed improvement in asphalt concrete life when 3 and 5 percent SBR was added. Improvement was also shown by the out of specification SBR.

  7. Development of New Bituminous Pavement Design Method

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    Ullidtz, Per

    The report and work of COST Action 333 sets in place the foundation for a coherent, cost-effective and harmonised European pavement design method. In order to do this, the work programme focused on information gathering, identification of requirements and the selection of the necessary design...... elements for such a European design method. During the course of the Action, 20 countries signed the Memorandum of Understanding and participated in the work, thus showing a very high level of interest in the work programme and results.The document contains a very thorough review of the position in Europe...... at the present time and identifies the basic framework for a design method. It then clearly shows the necessary steps to be taken in the future in order to arrive at a method based on current best practice in the shorter term, and then to move to improved versions....

  8. FEM analysis of dynamic behavior of asphalt pavement structure weakened by grassroots with account of hydraulic and vehicle load coupling effects

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    Huang, J.; Pan, X.; Dai, S. B.; Cai, Y.

    2015-12-01

    This paper establishes the finite element model of saturated asphalt pavement with ANSYS. The thickness and elastic modulus of pavement surface layers and grassroots are taken as influencing factors to analyze the influence of these factors’ change on the pavement mechanical behavior. The results indicate that the increase of surface thickness leads to the shear stress's decrease that may relieve the internal shear stress concentrated phenomenon effectively. The increase of elastic modulus of surface makes the pore pressure decrease, and result in the shear stress's increase. The grassroots thickness has no obvious effect on the pore- water pressure and shear stress; the grassroots elastic modulus’ increase may increase the internal shear stress and decrease the pore pressure.

  9. Acute respiratory distress syndrome.

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    Dicpinigaitis, P. V.

    1994-01-01

    Acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) is a syndrome of inflammation and increased permeability that is associated with clinical, radiological, and physiological abnormalities, which usually develops over 4 to 48 hours and persists for days or weeks. Pathologically, ARDS is associated with complex changes in the lungs, manifested by an early exudative phase and followed by proliferative and fibrotic phases. The main causes of ARDS are infections, aspiration of gastric contents, and tra...

  10. Analysis of dynamic loading behaviour for pavement on soft soil

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    Widodo, Slamet

    2014-01-01

    The increasing need for regional development has led engineers to find safe ways to construct the infrastructure of transportation on soft soils. Soft soil is not able to sustain external loads without having large deformations. The geotechnical properties of soft soil which is known for its low bearing capacity, high water content, high compressibility and long term settlement as well. In pavement engineering, either highway or runway as an infrastructure, a pavement encompasses three imp...

  11. Evaluation of Common Maintenance Methods for Flexible Pavements

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    Asma T. Ibraheem; Suda M. Gani

    2011-01-01

    Problem statement: With the increasing use and awareness of pavement management systems and the growing emphasis on asset management of pavement infrastructure, it is important to strengthen the maintenance components of these systems and particularly the preventive maintenance component. Iraqi Roads dont receive an effective and proper maintenance during their service life until they reach the state of major failure that requires rehabilitation. Roads in Iraq are being lost. Approach: In thi...

  12. Wet night visibility of pavement markings :executive summary

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    Gibbons, Ronald B. (Ronald Bruce); Hankey, Jonathan M.; Pashaj, Irena

    2004-01-01

    This executive summary describes an investigation into the performance of pavement markings in wet night conditions. The performance of a typical pavement marking will degrade when it gets wet. This is a result of the flooding of the marking optics, thereby reducing retroreflectivity. Several technologies are available to improve wet marking performance. In this project, six technologies were tested using both standard measurement methods and participant evaluations. The results show that two...

  13. Fatigue resistance of bituminous layers incorporating reclaimed asphalt pavement

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    Tabakovic, Amir, (Thesis); Gibney, Amanda; Gilchrist, M. D.; McNALLY, Ciaran

    2006-01-01

    This paper presents the results of an investigation into the fatigue performance of a 20mm Binder Course Asphalt Pavement Mix incorporating Recycled Asphalt Pavement (RAP). For the study, a series of binder course mixes were designed containing varying percentages of RAP. A mix made only from virgin material, was selected as the control mix for the investigation. A Circular Wheel Tracker (CWT) was developed in order to simulate the dynamic loading conditions of a rolling wheel and to st...

  14. Environmental assessment of pavement infrastructure: A systematic review.

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    Inyim, Peeraya; Pereyra, Jose; Bienvenu, Michael; Mostafavi, Ali

    2016-07-01

    Through a critical review and systematic analysis of pavement life cycle assessment (LCA) studies published over the past two decades, this study shows that the available information regarding the environmental impacts of pavement infrastructure is not sufficient to determine what pavement type is more environmentally sustainable. Limitations and uncertainties related to data, system boundary and functional unit definitions, consideration of use and maintenance phase impacts, are identified as the main reasons for inconsistency of reported results in pavement LCA studies. The study outcomes also highlight the need for advancement of knowledge pertaining to: (1) utilization of performance-adjusted functional units, (2) accurate estimation of use, maintenance, and end-of-life impacts, (3) incorporation of the dynamic and uncertain nature of pavement condition performance in impact assessment; (4) development of region-specific inventory data for impact estimation; and (5) consideration of a standard set of impact categories for comparison of environmental performance of different pavement types. Advancing the knowledge in these areas is critical in providing consistent and reliable results to inform decision-making toward more sustainable roadway infrastructure. PMID:27045541

  15. Moral Distress among Iranian Nurses.

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    Mohammad Hosein Vaziri

    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available The purpose of this study was to describe the moral distress among Iranian registered nurses.This was a descriptive -analytic study, in which 264 out of 1000 nurses were randomly selected as a sample group and completed the questionnaire. The nurses' moral distress was assessed using Corley's 30-item Moral Distress Scale adapted for use in an Iranian population. The collected data were analyzed by SPSS version 19.In this study, no correlation was found between the level of moral distress and any of the demographic data. The mean moral distress score ranged from 3.56 to 5.83, indicating moderate to high levels of moral distress. The item with the highest mean score was "working with unsafe levels of nurse staffing". The item with the lowest mean score was "giving medication intravenously to a patient who has refused to take it". Nurses working in EMS and NICU units had the highest levels of moral distress.A higher degree of moral distress is observed among nurses who work in health care systems. The results of this study highly recommend practical and research-oriented evaluation of moral distress in the medical society in Iran. Our findings suggest that Iranian version of MDS is a reliable instrument to measure moral distress in nurses.

  16. Automatic Detection and Classification of Defect on road Pavement using Anisotropy Measure

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    Nguyen, Tien Sy; Avila, Manuel; Begot, Stéphane

    2009-01-01

    Automatic pavement cracking detection is a part of road maintenance and rehabilitation strategies. Cracks detec-tion is one of the main features used by road authorities to manage efficiently its networks. Road surface is made using aggregates which can have different sizes, organized randomly. Scanned pictures of theses surfaces appear has random distribution of a re-duced set of gray levels. Cracks or defaults can't be ex-tracted by a simple threshold. In this paper, we introduce a measure ...

  17. Differentiating Maternal Sensitivity to Infant Distress and Non-Distress

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    Leerkes, Esther M.; Weaver, Jennifer M.; O’Brien, Marion

    2012-01-01

    Drawing from a domain specificity perspective, we assert that maternal sensitivity to infant distress cues is distinct from maternal sensitivity to non-distress cues. We review evidence from prior research demonstrating that the two constructs have more unshared than shared variance and that sensitivity to infant distress is a unique predictor of infants’ early emotional well-being when both types of sensitivity are examined as simultaneous predictors. In addition, we present new evidence to ...

  18. Effect Of Geopathic Stress On Bituminous Pavement

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    B.H.CHAFEKAR; G.P.JARAD; S.S.PIMPLIKAR; A.G.KHARAT; N.P.DHARMADHIKARI; R.R.SORATE

    2013-01-01

    This paper basically for the investigation of Geopathic Stress Zones along the road. Geopathic stress is detrimental energy emanating from the earth and leading to long-term harm to susceptible humans, animals and plants which are exposed to them in their environment. Detection of geopathic location has been done by Experimental investigations on road alignment of one KM, by performing distresses survey, dowsing and by magnetic field detector to investigate the Geopathic Stress. Due to such e...

  19. Targeting distress in rheumatic diseases

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    Vriezekolk, J.E.|info:eu-repo/dai/nl/282985646

    2011-01-01

    Psychological distress is highly prevalent in patients with rheumatic diseases. It is associated with a variety of negative outcomes, including pain, fatigue, disability, and maladaptive cognitive behavioural coping strategies. In this thesis, psychological distress was studied both as an outcome measure and as a therapeutic target in the context of multidisciplinary rehabilitation. The longitudinal role of coping in psychological distress was systematically reviewed, a questionnaire to asses...

  20. Superfícies estriadas no embasamento granítico e vestígio de pavimento de clastos neopaleozóicos na região de Salto, SP Neopaleozoic striated surfaces in the granitic basement and clast pavement remains of Salto, SP

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    Annabel Pérez-Aguilar

    2009-03-01

    Full Text Available Nas proximidades da Cerâmica Guaraú, localizada a sudoeste da cidade de Salto, Estado de São Paulo, dois afloramentos de granito, distantes algumas dezenas de metros um do outro, exibem superfícies estriadas neopaleozóicas. Essas superfícies estão em contato com diamictitos do Subgrupo Itararé. As estrias correspondem a sulcos subparalelos com espaçamento e profundidade milimétrica, possuindo uma direção média de N48°W e mergulhos variando entre 12° e 42° para SE. As feições observadas e a sua associação com diamictitos indicam uma origem por abrasão glacial devido ao movimento de massas de gelo de sudeste para noroeste. A aproximadamente 1,8 km a este da cidade de Salto foi encontrado, no topo de afloramentos de granito, material inconsolidado contendo abundantes clastos de quartzito facetados e estriados. Esses clastos foram interpretados como vestígios de um pavimento de castos.Near Guaraú Ceramic, localized southwest of Salto city in the State of São Paulo, two granite outcrops, distant some tens of meters from each other, display Neopaleozoic striated surfaces. These surfaces are in contact with diamictites from the Itararé Subgroup. The striae correspond to sub parallel grooves with millimetric spacing and depth, oriented about N48E and dipping 12° to 42° towards SE. Observed features and association with diamictites indicate an origin by glacial abrasion due to ice movement from southeast towards northwest. About 1.8 km east of Salto, unconsolidated material containing flat-iron-shaped and striated clasts was found on top of granite outcrops, interpreted as clast pavement remains.

  1. Leaching of organic contaminants from storage of reclaimed asphalt pavement.

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    Norin, Malin; Strmvall, A M

    2004-03-01

    Recycling of asphalt has been promoted by rapid increases in both the use and price of petroleum-based bitumen. Semi-volatile organic compounds in leachates from reclaimed asphalt pavement, measured in field samples and in laboratory column test, were analysed through a GC/MS screen-test methodology. Sixteen PAH (polyaromatic hydrocarbons) were also analysed in leachates from the column study. The highest concentrations of semi-volatile compounds, approximately 400 microg l(-1), were measured in field samples from the scarified stockpile. Naphthalene, butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT) and dibutyl phthalate (DBP) were the most dominant of the identified semi-volatiles. The occurrence of these compounds in urban groundwater, also indicate high emission rates and persistent structures of the compounds, making them potentially hazardous. Car exhausts, rubber tires and the asphalt material itself are all probable emission sources, determined from the organic contaminants released from the stockpiles. The major leaching mechanism indicated was dissolution of organic contaminants from the surface of the asphalt gravels. In the laboratory column test, the release of high-molecular weight and more toxic PAH was higher in the leachates after two years than at the commencement of storage. The concentrations of semi-volatiles in leachates, were also several times lower than those from the field stockpile. These results demonstrate the need to follow up laboratory column test with real field measurements. PMID:15176747

  2. Evaluating exposure of pedestrians to airborne contaminants associated with non-potable water use for pavement cleaning.

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    Seidl, M; Da, G; Ausset, P; Haenn, S; Géhin, E; Moulin, L

    2016-04-01

    Climate change and increasing demography press local authorities to look after affordable water resources and replacement of drinking water for city necessities like street and pavement cleaning by more available raw water. Though, the substitution of drinking by non-drinking resources demands the evaluation of sanitary hazards. This article aims therefore to evaluate the contribution of cleaning water to the overall exposure of city dwellers in case of wet pavement cleaning using crossed physical, chemical and biological approaches. The result of tracer experiments with fluorescein show that liquid water content of the cleaning aerosol produced is about 0.24 g m(-3), rending possible a fast estimation of exposure levels. In situ analysis of the aerosol particles indicates a significant increase in particle number concentration and particle diameter, though without change in particle composition. The conventional bacterial analysis using total coliforms as tracer suggests that an important part of the contamination is issued from the pavement. The qPCR results show a more than 20-fold increase of background genome concentration for Escherichia coli and 10-fold increase for Enterococcus but a negligible contribution of the cleaning water. The fluorescence analysis of the cleaning aerosol confirms the above findings identifying pavement surface as the major contributor to aerosol organic load. The physical, chemical and microbiological approaches used make it possible to describe accurately the cleaning bioaerosol and to identify the existence of significantly higher levels of all parameters studied during the wet pavement cleaning. Though, the low level of contamination and the very short time of passage of pedestrian in the zone do not suggest a significant risk for the city dwellers. As the cleaning workers remain much longer in the impacted area, more attention should be paid to their chronic exposure. PMID:26233734

  3. POROUS PAVEMENT PHASE I DESIGN AND OPERATIONAL CRITERIA (EPA/600/2-80/135)

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    Design and operational criteria, utilization concepts, benefits and disadvantages, as well as other characteristics of porous pavements are presented in this report. Particular emphasis is placed on porous asphalt pavements, but the criteria and design approach are applicable to ...

  4. Moisture Influence on Structural Behaviour of Pavements : Field and Laboratory Investigations

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    Salour, Farhad

    2015-01-01

    The structural behaviour of pavements in cold regions can considerably be affected by seasonal variation in environmental factors such as temperature and moisture content. Along with the destructive effect of heavy traffic loads, climatic and environmental factors can considerably contribute to pavement deterioration. These factors can influence the structural and functional capacity of the pavement structures which, as a result, can trigger and accelerate pavement deterioration mechanisms. S...

  5. Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Asphalt Pavement Construction: A Case Study in China

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    Feng Ma; Aimin Sha; Ruiyu Lin; Yue Huang; Chao Wang

    2016-01-01

    In China, the construction of asphalt pavement has a significant impact on the environment, and energy use and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from asphalt pavement construction have been receiving increasing attention in recent years. At present, there is no universal criterion for the evaluation of GHG emissions in asphalt pavement construction. This paper proposes to define the system boundaries for GHG emissions from asphalt pavement by using a process-based life cycle assessment method. A...

  6. Decision of National and Provincial Highway Asphalt Pavement Structure Based on Value Engineering

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    Yingwei Ren; Jingsong Shan

    2014-01-01

    It is important that decision of asphalt pavement structure requires overall considerations of the performance and financial investment. To have asphalt pavement structure fulfilling good reliability, the asphalt pavement structure decision was researched based on value engineering theory. According to the national and provincial highway investigation data in Shandong Province during the last decade, the asphalt pavement performance attenuation rules of traffic levels and asphalt layer thickn...

  7. Deterioration Forecasting in Flexible Pavements Due to Floods and Snow Storms

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    Shahini Shamsabadi, Salar; Hashemi Tari, Yasamin Sadat; Birken, Ralf; Wang, Ming

    2014-01-01

    Roadway agencies and state DOTs utilize Pavement Management Systems (PMS) to implement cost-effective maintenance strategies. A reliable yet easily applicable model for deterioration process of pavements is an integral part of any Pavement Management System. As pavement condition grows to be one of the crucial problems facing our nation, the reliability of these deterioration prediction models becomes more important. While numerous endevours have been made to capture the effect of the environ...

  8. Analysis of the Evolution of Flexible Pavement Condition Based on LTPP SPS-5 Sections

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    Azevedo, Joana; Capito, Silvino; Rasteiro, Deolinda; Picado-Santos, Lus

    2015-01-01

    The American LTPP program has one of the greatest amounts of stored information regarding pavement characteristics and the evolution of their condition on a network. This is a valuable tool to support decision-making in what concerns maintenance and rehabilitation of pavements carried out by highway infrastructure agencies. This paper presents a study carried out to analyze the evolution of pavement conditions of several SPS-5 test sections, which were included in pavement rehabilitation stud...

  9. Design of Rigid and Flexible Pavements by Various Methods & Their Cost Analysis of Each Method

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    Saurabh Jain

    2013-01-01

    Highway and pavement design plays an important role in the DPR projects. The satisfactory performance of the pavement will result in higher savings in terms of vehicle operating costs and travel time, which has a bearing on the overall economic feasibility of the project. This paper discusses about the design methods that are traditionally being followed and examines the Design of rigid and flexible pavements by various methods & their cost analysis by each method. Flexible pavement are pre...

  10. Water quality and quantity assessment of pervious pavements performance in experimental car park areas.

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    Saudo-Fontaneda, Luis A; Charlesworth, Susanne M; Castro-Fresno, Daniel; Andres-Valeri, Valerio C A; Rodriguez-Hernandez, Jorge

    2014-01-01

    Pervious pavements have become one of the most used sustainable urban drainage system (SUDS) techniques in car parks. This research paper presents the results of monitoring water quality from several experimental car park areas designed and constructed in Spain with bays made of interlocking concrete block pavement, porous asphalt, polymer-modified porous concrete and reinforced grass with plastic and concrete cells. Moreover, two different sub-base materials were used (limestone aggregates and basic oxygen furnace slag). This study therefore encompasses the majority of the materials used as permeable surfaces and sub-base layers all over the world. Effluent from the test bays was monitored for dissolved oxygen, pH, electric conductivity, total suspended solids, turbidity and total petroleum hydrocarbons in order to analyze the behaviour shown by each combination of surface and sub-base materials. In addition, permeability tests were undertaken in all car parks using the 'Laboratorio Caminos Santander' permeameter and the Cantabrian Portable Infiltrometer. All results are presented together with the influence of surface and sub-base materials on water quality indicators using bivariate correlation statistical analysis at a confidence level of 95%. The polymer-modified porous concrete surface course in combination with limestone aggregate sub-base presented the best performance. PMID:24718346

  11. 23 CFR 972.208 - Federal lands pavement management system (PMS).

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    2010-04-01

    ... “Pavement Management Guide,” AASHTO, 2001, is available for inspection as prescribed at 49 CFR part 7. It is... 23 Highways 1 2010-04-01 2010-04-01 false Federal lands pavement management system (PMS). 972.208....208 Federal lands pavement management system (PMS). In addition to the requirements provided in §...

  12. PAH volatilization following application of coal-tar-based pavement sealant

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    Van Metre, Peter C.; Majewski, Michael S.; Mahler, Barbara J.; Foreman, William T.; Braun, Christopher L.; Wilson, Jennifer T.; Burbank, Teresa L.

    2012-05-01

    Coal-tar-based pavement sealants, a major source of PAHs to urban water bodies, have recently been identified as a source of volatile PAHs to the atmosphere. We tracked the volatilization of PAHs for 1 year after application of a coal-tar-based pavement sealant by measuring gas-phase PAH concentrations above the pavement surface and solid-phase PAH concentrations in sealant scraped from the surface. Gas-phase concentrations at two heights (0.03 and 1.28 m) and wind speed were used to estimate volatilization flux. The sum of the concentrations of eight frequently detected PAHs (?PAH8) in the 0.03-m sample 1.6 h after application (297,000 ng m-3) was about 5000 times greater than that previously reported for the same height above unsealed parking lots (66 ng m-3). Flux at 1.6 h after application was estimated at 45,000 ?g m-2 h-1 and decreased rapidly during the 45 days after application to 160 ?g m-2 h-1. Loss of PAHs from the adhered sealant also was rapid, with about a 50% decrease in solid-phase ?PAH8 concentration over the 45 days after application. There was general agreement, given the uncertainties, in the estimated mass of ?PAH8 lost to the atmosphere on the basis of air sampling (2-3 g m-2) and adhered sealant sampling (6 g m-2) during the first 16 days after application, translating to a loss to the atmosphere of one-quarter to one-half of the PAHs in the sealcoat product. Combining the estimated mass of ?PAH8 released to the atmosphere with a national-use estimate of coal-tar-based sealant suggests that PAH emissions from new coal-tar-based sealcoat applications each year (1000 Mg) are larger than annual vehicle emissions of PAHs for the United States.

  13. Application of Artificial Intelligence for Optimization in Pavement Management

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    Reus Salini

    2015-07-01

    Full Text Available Artificial intelligence (AI is a group of techniques that have quite a potential to be applied to pavement engineering and management. In this study, we developed a practical, flexible and out of the box approach to apply genetic algorithms to optimizing the budget allocation and the road maintenance strategy selection for a road network. The aim is to provide an alternative to existing software and better fit the requirements of an important number of pavement managers. To meet the objectives, a new indicator, named Road Global Value Index (RGVI, was created to contemplate the pavement condition, the traffic and the economic and political importance for each and every road section. This paper describes the approach and its components by an example confirming that genetic algorithms are very effective for the intended purpose.

  14. Bodily Distress Syndrome

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    Budtz-Lilly, Anna; Vestergaard, Mogens; Moth, Grete; Fink, Per; Rosendal, Marianne

    2011-01-01

    AIM: Medically unexplained or functional symptoms and disorders are common in primary care. Empirical research has proposed specific criteria for a new unifying diagnosis for functional disorders and syndromes: Bodily Distress Syndrome (BDS). This new diagnosis is expected to be integrated into the...... part of a study on reasons for encounter and disease patterns in general practice (Kontakt- og Sygdomsmønster i almen praksis – KOS). A total of 404 general practitioners (GPs) included all patients consecutively for one day. At inclusion, the GPs reported: reason for encounter, diagnoses, and their...... interpretation of the content of the contact. The patients were asked to complete questionnaires on symptom score for BDS, self evaluated health (SF-12), mental health (Symptom Check List: SCL), health anxiety (Whiteley-7), smoking, alcohol dependency (CAGE) and patient evaluation of practice (DanPEP). Results...

  15. Bearing capacity evaluation of rubblized concrete pavements

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    González, M.

    2009-03-01

    Full Text Available The paper presents the findings of a research work performed on a real scale concrete pavement project where Rubblizing technology was used for its structural rehabilitation. Rubblizing may be defined as a fracture technique in which a concrete pavement slab is transformed in a granular base with a very high Modulus. This technique, fractures the concrete slab in angular pieces by using a concentrated dynamic load of low amplitude and high frequency. The research work was based on field study on the rehabilitation of 5 km motorway. The structural evaluations where made, before, during and after one year construction. Measurements and site evaluation where made by using DCP, Light Weight Deflectometer and FWD (on top of asphalt layer and excavating inside pits. The structural capacity of the Rubblized layer was evaluated through theoretical analysis. Because of the anisotropic properties of the Rubblized layer the results are presented using AASHTO structural layer coefficient. The structural layer coefficients recommended are between the range of 0.25 and 0.30 for concrete slabs with thickness grater than 220 mm.El trabajo presenta los resultados de un estudio a escala real de la capacidad estructural de un firme de hormigón rehabilitado utilizando la técnica de Rubblizing. La técnica de Rubblizing ha sido traducida como el pulverizado del firme de hormigón pero, es más bien un efecto combinado de trituración y fracturación de la losa de hormigón en todo su espesor para convertir esta en una base granular de alto módulo. Esta tecnica fractura la losa de hormigón en trozos angulares y entrelazados empleando una carga dinámica concentrada, de baja amplitud y alta frecuencia. La investigación se basó en el estudio de la rehabilitación de 5 km de autopista. Los estudios de la capacidad estructural fueron realizados durante, al término y un año después de la construcción. Para las mediciones y evaluaciones de terreno se utilizó, el DCP, Deflectómetro de Impacto Liviano, FWD (sobre carpeta asfáltica y excavando calicatas bajo el material triturado. La capacidad estructural del material triturado se realizó a través de un análisis teórico. Debido al las características anisotrópicas del material triturado, los resultados son presentados utilizando el coeficiente estructural AASHTO. Los resultados del estudio permiten recomendar un rango para el coeficiente estructural del pavimento sometido al proceso de Rubblizing el cual para espesores de losa superior a 22 cm está entre 0,25 a 0,30.

  16. Evaluation of Common Maintenance Methods for Flexible Pavements

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    Asma T. Ibraheem

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Problem statement: With the increasing use and awareness of pavement management systems and the growing emphasis on asset management of pavement infrastructure, it is important to strengthen the maintenance components of these systems and particularly the preventive maintenance component. Iraqi Roads don’t receive an effective and proper maintenance during their service life until they reach the state of major failure that requires rehabilitation. Roads in Iraq are being lost. Approach: In this study, a study of the status of maintenance methods for road pavements in Iraq with special reference to flexible pavements is presented. For this purpose, open and closed questionnaires were executed in Baghdad to investigate the status of road pavement maintenance in Iraq. Road maintenance offices as (Ministry of construction and Housing, State Corporation for Roads and Bridges, Amanat Baghdad, Project office, were included in the questionnaire to arrive at the level of maintenance and techniques followed to maintain paved road in Iraq. Results: The interviews carried out reveal that maintenance in Iraq has secondary importance, apparently with no special budget allocated for such important works. In addition the maintenance methods and techniques followed do not comply the developments and modern techniques. Conclusion/Recommendations: Poor and miss-management of maintenance works and activities leading to delays and accumulation of failure in the highway network that require unusual expenditures to repair and maintain the accumulated damages. Also shortages in resources allocated for maintenance works and this leads to the diversion of significant portion of the allocated fund for maintenance works toward purchasing of new, or additional equipment to be used for the construction of new roads. It is strongly recommended to design a planning system for management pavement maintenance of road network in Iraq and develop a particular failure criterion for roads in Iraq.

  17. An algorithm for pavement crack detection based on multiscale space

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    Liu, Xiang-long; Li, Qing-quan

    2006-10-01

    Conventional human-visual and manual field pavement crack detection method and approaches are very costly, time-consuming, dangerous, labor-intensive and subjective. They possess various drawbacks such as having a high degree of variability of the measure results, being unable to provide meaningful quantitative information and almost always leading to inconsistencies in crack details over space and across evaluation, and with long-periodic measurement. With the development of the public transportation and the growth of the Material Flow System, the conventional method can far from meet the demands of it, thereby, the automatic pavement state data gathering and data analyzing system come to the focus of the vocation's attention, and developments in computer technology, digital image acquisition, image processing and multi-sensors technology made the system possible, but the complexity of the image processing always made the data processing and data analyzing come to the bottle-neck of the whole system. According to the above description, a robust and high-efficient parallel pavement crack detection algorithm based on Multi-Scale Space is proposed in this paper. The proposed method is based on the facts that: (1) the crack pixels in pavement images are darker than their surroundings and continuous; (2) the threshold values of gray-level pavement images are strongly related with the mean value and standard deviation of the pixel-grey intensities. The Multi-Scale Space method is used to improve the data processing speed and minimize the effectiveness caused by image noise. Experiment results demonstrate that the advantages are remarkable: (1) it can correctly discover tiny cracks, even from very noise pavement image; (2) the efficiency and accuracy of the proposed algorithm are superior; (3) its application-dependent nature can simplify the design of the entire system.

  18. Diurnal Thermal Behavior of Pavements, Vegetation, and Water Pond in a Hot-Humid City

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    Full Text Available This study investigated the diurnal thermal behavior of several urban surfaces and landscape components, including pavements, vegetation, and a water pond. The field experiment was conducted in a university campus of Guangzhou, South China, which is characterized by a hot and humid summer. The temperature of ground surface and grass leaves and the air temperature and humidity from 0.1 to 1.5 m heights were measured for a period of 24 h under hot summer conditions. The results showed that the concrete and granite slab pavements elevated the temperature of the air above them throughout the day. In contrast, the trees and the pond lowered the air temperature near ground during the daytime but produced a slight warming effect during the nighttime. The influence of vegetation on air temperature and humidity is affected by the configurations of greenery. Compared to the open lawn, the grass shaded by trees was more effective in cooling and the mixture of shrub and grass created a stronger cooling effect during the nighttime. The knowledge of thermal behavior of various urban surfaces and landscape components is an important tool for planners and designers. If utilized properly, it can lead to climatic rehabilitation in urban areas and an improvement of the outdoor thermal environment.

  19. Validation of theoretical models through measured pavement response

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    Most models for structural evaluation of pavements are of the analytical-empirical type. An analytical model, derived from solid mechanics, is used to calculate stresses or strains at critical positions, and these stresses or strains are then used with empirical relationships to predict pavement ...... strain at the bottom of the asphalt layer reasonably well, but that the vertical strain at the top of the subgrade could only be predicted with some degree of accuracy if the subgrade was treated as a non-linear elastic material....

  20. Geo synthetic-reinforced Pavement systems; Sistemas de pavimentos reforzados con geosinteticos

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    Zornberg, J. G.

    2014-02-01

    Geo synthetics have been used as reinforcement inclusions to improve pavement performance. while there are clear field evidence of the benefit of using geo synthetic reinforcements, the specific conditions or mechanisms that govern the reinforcement of pavements are, at best, unclear and have remained largely unmeasured. Significant research has been recently conducted with the objectives of: (i) determining the relevant properties of geo synthetics that contribute to the enhanced performance of pavement systems, (ii) developing appropriate analytical, laboratory and field methods capable of quantifying the pavement performance, and (iii) enabling the prediction of pavement performance as a function of the properties of the various types of geo synthetics. (Author)

  1. Stormwater quality performance of a macro-pervious pavement car park installation equipped with channel drain based oil and silt retention devices.

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    Newman, Alan Paul; Aitken, Douglas; Antizar-Ladislao, Blanca

    2013-12-15

    This paper reports the results of a two year field monitoring exercise intended to investigate the pollution abatement capabilities of a novel system which offers an alternative to the, now well established, pervious pavement system as a source control device for stormwater management. The aim of this study was to determine the effectiveness of a live installation of a macro-pervious pavement system (MPPS) (operated as a visitors' car park at a prison in Central Scotland) in retaining and treating a range of pollutants which originate from automobile use or become concentrated on the parking surface from the wider environment. The MPPS is a sub-class of pervious pavement system where the vast majority of the surface is impermeable. It directs stormwater into a pervious sub surface storage/attenuation zone through a series of distinct infiltration points fast enough to prevent flooding during the design storm. In the particular system studied here the infiltration points consist of a network of oil/silt separation devices with extensive further pollutant retention/degradation provided during the passage of stormwater through the sub surface zone. Approximately 12 months after the car park was completed a sampling regime was instigated in which grab samples were collected at intervals from each of the three sub catchments whilst, simultaneously, samples were collected directly from the, pollutant retaining, infiltration devices. Through investigation of samples collected at the upstream end of the system, the retention of significant amounts of hydrocarbons and heavy metals in the initial collection devices has been illustrated and the analysis of effluent samples collected at the outlet points indicate that the system is capable of producing effluent which is of a standard comparable to that expected from a traditional pervious pavement system and is acceptable for direct release into a surface water receptor. The system offers the opportunity to accrue the benefits of a pervious pavement when the use of traditional paving surfaces is the preferred option. PMID:23954068

  2. Respirable crystalline silica exposures during asphalt pavement milling at eleven highway construction sites.

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    Hammond, Duane R; Shulman, Stanley A; Echt, Alan S

    2016-07-01

    Asphalt pavement milling machines use a rotating cutter drum to remove the deteriorated road surface for recycling. The removal of the road surface has the potential to release respirable crystalline silica, to which workers can be exposed. This article describes an evaluation of respirable crystalline silica exposures to the operator and ground worker from two different half-lane and larger asphalt pavement milling machines that had ventilation dust controls and water-sprays designed and installed by the manufacturers. Manufacturer A completed milling for 11 days at 4 highway construction sites in Wisconsin, and Manufacturer B completed milling for 10 days at 7 highway construction sites in Indiana. To evaluate the dust controls, full-shift personal breathing zone air samples were collected from an operator and ground worker during the course of normal employee work activities of asphalt pavement milling at 11 different sites. Forty-two personal breathing zone air samples were collected over 21 days (sampling on an operator and ground worker each day). All samples were below 50 µg/m(3) for respirable crystalline silica, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health recommended exposure limit. The geometric mean personal breathing zone air sample was 6.2 µg/m(3) for the operator and 6.1 µg/m(3) for the ground worker for the Manufacturer A milling machine. The geometric mean personal breathing zone air sample was 4.2 µg/m(3) for the operator and 9.0 µg/m(3) for the ground worker for the Manufacturer B milling machine. In addition, upper 95% confidence limits for the mean exposure for each occupation were well below 50 µg/m(3) for both studies. The silica content in the bulk asphalt material being milled ranged from 7-23% silica for roads milled by Manufacturer A and from 5-12% silica for roads milled by Manufacturer B. The results indicate that engineering controls consisting of ventilation controls in combination with water-sprays are capable of controlling occupational exposures to respirable crystalline silica generated by asphalt pavement milling machines on highway construction sites. PMID:26913983

  3. Mechanistic-empirical pavement design guide: features and distinctive elements / Mechanistic-empirical pavement design guide: caractersticas y elementos distintivos

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    Margarita, Martnez Daz; Ignacio, Prez.

    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available El objetivo de este artculo es describir los rasgos ms caractersticos del mtodo de diseo de firmes conocido como Mechanistic-Empirical Pavement Design Guide, as como compararlo con otras metodologas de renombre, destacando sus ventajas y desventajas. El MEPDG puede predecir con precisin la e [...] volucin de los deterioros, ayudando por tanto a elegir el diseo ms adecuado para el caso de firmes de nueva construccin, o a programar la conservacin de los ya existentes. Tras analizar diferentes mtodos de diseo y gestin de firmes, el MEPDG destaca como el ms completo al ser el que tiene en cuenta un mayor nmero de factores que afectan al firme. Por ello algunos pases fuera de EEUU ya han importado y calibrado este mtodo, lo que al mismo tiempo permite a la comunidad cientfica llevar a cabo estudios comparativos y mejorar sus pequeas deficiencias. Abstract in english This paper is aimed at describing the most distinctive features of the pavement design method known as Mechanistic-Empirical Pavement Design Guide and to compare it with other renowned methodologies, while emphasizing its advantages and disadvantages. The MEPDG can accurately predict damage evolutio [...] n, thus helping to choose the most appropriate design for new pavements or to schedule the conservation of the already existing ones. After analyzing different pavement design and management methods, the MEPDG stands out as the most comprehensive one as it takes into account and properly combines the greatest number of factors that affect the pavement. Therefore, some countries outside the USA have already imported and calibrated this method, what, at the same time, allows the scientific community to carry out comparative studies and improve its small deficiencies.

  4. Deterioration modeling for condition assessment of flexible pavements considering extreme weather events

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    Hashemi Tari, Yasamin; Shahini Shamsabadi, Salar; Birken, Ralf; Wang, Ming

    2015-04-01

    Accurate pavement management systems are essential for states' Department Of Transportation and roadway agencies to plan for cost-effective maintenance and repair (M and R) strategies. Pavement deterioration model is an imperative component of any pavement management system since the future budget and M and R plans would be developed based on the predicted pavement performance measures. It is crucial for the pavement deterioration models to consider the factors that significantly aggravate the pavement condition. While many studies have highlighted the impact of different environmental, load, and pavement's structure on the life cycle of the pavement, effect of extreme weather events such as Floods and Snow Storms have often been overlooked. In this study, a pavement deterioration model is proposed which would consider the effect of traffic loads, climate conditions, and extreme weather events. Climate, load and performance data has been compiled for over twenty years and for eight states using the Long Term Pavement Performance (LTPP) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) databases. A stepwise regression approach is undertaken to quantify the effect of the extreme weather events, along with other influential factors on pavement performance in terms of International Roughness Index (IRI). Final results rendered more than 90% correlation with the quantified impact values of extreme weather events.

  5. Artificial intelligence modeling to evaluate field performance of photocatalytic asphalt pavement for ambient air purification.

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    Asadi, Somayeh; Hassan, Marwa; Nadiri, Ataallah; Dylla, Heather

    2014-01-01

    In recent years, the application of titanium dioxide (TiO₂) as a photocatalyst in asphalt pavement has received considerable attention for purifying ambient air from traffic-emitted pollutants via photocatalytic processes. In order to control the increasing deterioration of ambient air quality, urgent and proper risk assessment tools are deemed necessary. However, in practice, monitoring all process parameters for various operating conditions is difficult due to the complex and non-linear nature of air pollution-based problems. Therefore, the development of models to predict air pollutant concentrations is very useful because it can provide early warnings to the population and also reduce the number of measuring sites. This study used artificial neural network (ANN) and neuro-fuzzy (NF) models to predict NOx concentration in the air as a function of traffic count (Tr) and climatic conditions including humidity (H), temperature (T), solar radiation (S), and wind speed (W) before and after the application of TiO₂ on the pavement surface. These models are useful for modeling because of their ability to be trained using historical data and because of their capability for modeling highly non-linear relationships. To build these models, data were collected from a field study where an aqueous nano TiO₂ solution was sprayed on a 0.2-mile of asphalt pavement in Baton Rouge, LA. Results of this study showed that the NF model provided a better fitting to NOx measurements than the ANN model in the training, validation, and test steps. Results of a parametric study indicated that traffic level, relative humidity, and solar radiation had the most influence on photocatalytic efficiency. PMID:24699867

  6. Functionality Enhancement of Industrialized Optical Fiber Sensors and System Developed for Full-Scale Pavement Monitoring

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    Huaping Wang

    2014-05-01

    Full Text Available Pavements always play a predominant role in transportation. Health monitoring of pavements is becoming more and more significant, as frequently suffering from cracks, rutting, and slippage renders them prematurely out of service. Effective and reliable sensing elements are thus in high demand to make prognosis on the mechanical properties and occurrence of damage to pavements. Therefore, in this paper, various types of functionality enhancement of industrialized optical fiber sensors for pavement monitoring are developed, with the corresponding operational principles clarified in theory and the performance double checked by basic experiments. Furthermore, a self-healing optical fiber sensing network system is adopted to accomplish full-scale monitoring of pavements. The application of optical fiber sensors assembly and self-healing network system in pavement has been carried out to validate the feasibility. It has been proved that the research in this article provides a valuable method and meaningful guidance for the integrity monitoring of civil structures, especially pavements.

  7. Coal-tar based pavement sealant toxicity to freshwater macroinvertebrates

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    Bryer, P.J.; Scoggins, M.; McClintock, N.L. [Lamar University, Beaumont, TX (United States). Dept. of Biology

    2010-05-15

    Non-point-source pollution is a major source of ecological impairment in urban stream systems. Recent work suggests that coal-tar pavement sealants, used extensively to protect parking areas, may be contributing a large portion of the polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) loading seen in urban stream sediments. The hypothesis that dried coal-tar pavement sealant flake could alter the macroinvertebrate communities native to streams in Austin, TX was tested using a controlled outdoor laboratory type approach. The treatment groups were: control, low, medium, and high with total PAH concentrations (TPAH = sum of 16 EPA priority pollutant PAHs) of 0.1, 7.5, 18.4, & 300 mg/kg respectively. The low, medium, and high treatments were created via the addition of dried coal-tar pavement sealant to a sterile soil. At the start of the 24-day exposure, sediment from a minimally impacted local reference site containing a community of live sediment-dwelling benthic macroinvertebrates was added to each replicate. An exposure-dependent response was found for several stream health measures and for several individual taxa. There were community differences in abundance (P = 0.0004) and richness (P < 0.0001) between treatments in addition to specific taxa responses, displaying a clear negative relationship with the amount of coal-tar sealant flake. These results support the hypothesis that coal-tar pavement sealants contain bioavailable PAHs that may harm aquatic environments.

  8. A Detailed Study of Cbr Method for Flexible Pavement Design

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    Er. Devendra Kumar Choudhary

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available As per IRC recommendation, California Bearing Ratio (CBR value of subgrade is used for design of flexible pavements. California Bearing Ratio (CBR value is an important soil parameter for design of flexible pavements and runway of air fields. It can also be used for determination of sub grade reaction of soil by using correlation. It is one of the most important engineering properties of soil for design of sub grade of roads. CBR value of soil may depends on many factors like maximum dry density (MDD, optimum moisture content (OMC, liquid limit (LL, plastic limit (PL, plasticity index (PI, type of soil, permeability of soil etc. Besides, soaked or unsoaked condition of soil also affects the value. These tests can easily be performed in the laboratory. the estimation of the CBR could be done on the basis of these tests which are quick to perform, less time consuming and cheap, then it will be easy to get the information about the strength of subgrade over the length of roads, By considering this aspect, a number of investigators in the past made their investigations in this field and designed different pavements by determining the CBR value on the basis of results of low cost, less time consuming and easy to perform tests. In this study, attempts have been made to seek the values of CBR of different soil samples and correlate their CBR values for the design purpose of flexible pavement as per guidelines of IRC: SP: 37-2001.

  9. Evaluating Pavement Cracks with Bidimensional Empirical Mode Decomposition

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    Nii Attoh-Okine

    2008-05-01

    Full Text Available Crack evaluation is essential for effective classification of pavement cracks. Digital images of pavement cracks have been analyzed using techniques such as fuzzy set theory and neural networks. Bidimensional empirical mode decomposition (BEMD, a new image analysis method recently developed, can potentially be used for pavement crack evaluation. BEMD is an extension of the empirical mode decomposition (EMD, which can decompose nonlinear and nonstationary signals into basis functions called intrinsic mode functions (IMFs. IMFs are monocomponent functions that have well-defined instantaneous frequencies. EMD is a sifting process that is nonparametric and data driven; it does not depend on an a priori basis set. It is able to remove noise from signals without complicated convolution processes. BEMD decomposes an image into two-dimensional IMFs. The present paper explores pavement crack detection using BEMD together with the Sobel edge detector. A number of images are filtered with BEMD to remove noise, and the residual image analyzed with the Sobel edge detector for crack detection. The results are compared with results from the Canny edge detector, which uses a Gaussian filter for image smoothing before performing edge detection. The objective is to qualitatively explore how well BEMD is able to smooth an image for more effective edge detection with the Sobel method.

  10. Acute respiratory distress syndrome

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    M.H. Rao

    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available Acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS is characterized by non-cardiogenic pulmonary oedema and respiratoy failure. In 1994, ARDS was defined by the American – European Consensus Conference (AECC and since then issues regarding the reliability and validity of this definition have emerged. The Berlin definition was developed by a panel of experts in a convention in 2011 with an initiative of European Society of Intensive Care Medicine endorsed by American Thoracic Society, mainly focussing on feasibility, reliability and validity and objective evaluation of performance. The definition proposed three exclusive categories of ARDS based on degree of hypoxaemia, namely, mild, moderate and severe. The updated and revised Berlin definition of ARDS may serve as model to create a more accurate, evidence based critical illness syndrome and to improve clinical care, research, health services planning and resource management. The article describes clinical, aetiological and physiological basis of ARDS and summarizes how its molecular pathogenesis leads to physiologic alterations of respiratory failure. It provides a physiologic basis for understanding and implementing modern strategies for the respiratory management of patients with ARDS.

  11. Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome.

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    Yadam, Suman; Bihler, Eric; Balaan, Marvin

    2016-01-01

    Acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) is a serious inflammatory disorder with high mortality. Its main pathologic mechanism seems to result from increased alveolar permeability. Its definition has also changed since first being described according to the Berlin definition, which now classifies ARDS on a severity scale based on PaO2 (partial pressure of oxygen, arterial)/FIO2 (fraction of inspired oxygen) ratio. The cornerstone of therapy was found to be a low tidal volume strategy featuring volumes of 6 to 8 mL per kg of ideal body weight that has been shown to have decreased mortality as proven by the ARDSnet trials. There are other areas of treatment right now that include extracorporeal membrane oxygenation, as well for severe refractory hypoxemia. Other methods that include prone positioning for ventilation have also shown improvements in oxygenation. Positive end-expiratory pressure with lung recruitment maneuvers has also been found to be helpful. Other therapies that include vasodilators and neuromuscular agents are still being explored and need further studies to define their role in ARDS. PMID:26919679

  12. Adult respiratory distress syndrome

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    Due to improved emergency resuscitation procedures, and with advancing medical technology in the field of critical care, an increasing number of patients survive the acute phase of shock and catastrophic trauma. Patients who previously died of massive sepsis, hypovolemic or hypotensive shock, multiple fractures, aspiration, toxic inhalation, and massive embolism are now surviving long enough to develop previously unsuspected and unrecognized secondary effects. With increasing frequency, clinicians are recognizing the clinical and radiographic manifestations of pathologic changes in the lungs occurring secondary to various types of massive insult. This paper gives a list of diseases that have been shown to precipitate or predispose to diffuse lung damage. Various terms have been used to describe the lung damage and respiratory failure secondary to these conditions. The term adult respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) is applied to several cases of sudden respiratory failure in patients with previously healthy lungs following various types of trauma or shock. Numerous investigations and experiments have studied the pathologic changes in ARDS, and, while there is still no clear indication of why it develops, there is now some correlation of the sequential pathologic developments with the clinical and radiographic changes

  13. Underwater observations of dolphin reactions to a distressed conspecific.

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    Kuczaj, Stan A; Frick, Erin E; Jones, Brittany L; Lea, James S E; Beecham, Dan; Schnller, Fabrice

    2015-09-01

    This report describes the epimeletic (or "caregiving") behavior produced by members of a group of Atlantic bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) and the possible role of the ailing animal's distress call in eliciting such behavior. Epimeletic behavior in cetaceans most typically involves forms of support provided to a distressed, injured, or dying animal (Caldwell & Caldwell, 1966). Analyses of underwater video and corresponding acoustic recordings revealed a distressed dolphin (the DD) that frequently produced what are most likely distress calls, often paired with the emission of long bubble streams. The frequency of her whistle production was positively correlated with the frequency of the supporting behaviors the DD received from other dolphins. These helping behaviors included raft formations, lifts, and stimulating pushes that were predominantly directed toward the upper third of the DD's body, all of which appeared to be directed towards bringing the DD toward the surface so that she could breathe. This is the first documented underwater account of multiple wild bottlenose dolphins providing epimeletic care to a distressed conspecific, and highlights the possible role of distress calls in such scenarios. PMID:25898942

  14. Recent rubber crumb asphalt pavement projects in Alberta

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    Soleyman, H.R. [Alberta Univ., Edmonton, AB (Canada). Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering; Pulles, B.C.M.; Treleaven, L.B. [EBA Engineering Consultants Ltd., Edmonton, AB (Canada)

    2003-07-01

    Several countries around the world have been using rubber crumb (RC) for pavement applications for more than 20 years. The performance of asphalt pavements is enhanced by the use of recycled tires, which has the added advantage of solving the problem of tire disposal. In 2002, the Tire Recycling Management Association of Alberta (TRMA) and Alberta Transportation (AT) evaluated the feasibility and performance of an overlay using asphalt rubber (AR) pavement in Alberta. A partnership in the project was formed by AT, the City of Calgary, the City of Edmonton, and Strathcona County, where each one paved one section of a road with AR in conjunction with a section using conventional or other asphalt mixture types. The roads selected were: (1) 112 Avenue North West in Calgary, (2) 17 Street and Baseline Road in Strathcona County, (3) 137 Avenue in Edmonton, and (4) highway 630 in the vicinity of North Cooking Lake (Alberta Transportation). Two different AR pavement thicknesses were used to study the effects of overlay thicknesses on the performance of the overlay. The structural and functional factors were monitored before, during and after the construction of all sections. The preliminary evaluation of the application of AR in Alberta was presented, along with a summary of test results and performances of AR pavement sections. A full freeze-thaw cycle is required (Spring 2003) before the results of the analysis of the testing are known. The reduced thickness AR sections performed in a similar manner to those with full thickness AC sections. 10 refs., 5 tabs., 3 figs.

  15. Mechanistic modelling of weak interlayers in flexible and semi-flexible road pavements: Part 2

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    M, de Beer; J W, Maina; F, Netterberg.

    2012-04-01

    Full Text Available This paper (Part 2 of a two-part set of papers) discusses models and illustrates the adverse effects of weak layers, interlayers, laminations and/or weak interfaces in flexible and semi-flexible pavements, also incorporating lightly cemented layers. The modelling is based on mechanistic analyses for [...] pavement design and evaluation. In Part 1, the effects of these relatively weak layers, interlayers, laminations and/or weak interfaces were discussed. It was shown that methodologies are available to detect and investigate the existence of these weak layers in cemented pavement layers. In Part 2, several cases of the above conditions for different road pavement types are discussed, with field examples. Mechanistic analyses were done on a typical hot mix asphalt (HMA), several cases of a cemented base pavement and a granular base pavement, with and without these weak layers and interface conditions to demonstrate their adverse effects. The analyses focus on the strain energy of distortion (SED) as a pavement response parameter to indicate the potential for structural damage expected within the pavement structure or layer. Generally, the higher the SED, the higher the potential damage in the pavement layer. SED shows some potential for quantifying the relative effects of these weak layers, interlayers, laminations and/or weak interfaces within flexible and semi-flexible pavements.

  16. The effect of loading time on flexible pavement dynamic response: a finite element analysis

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    Yin, Hao; Solaimanian, Mansour; Kumar, Tanmay; Stoffels, Shelley

    2007-12-01

    Dynamic response of asphalt concrete (AC) pavements under moving load is a key component for accurate prediction of flexible pavement performance. The time and temperature dependency of AC materials calls for utilizing advanced material characterization and mechanistic theories, such as viscoelasticity and stress/strain analysis. In layered elastic analysis, as implemented in the new Mechanistic-Empirical Pavement Design Guide (MEPDG), the time dependency is accounted for by calculating the loading times at different AC layer depths. In this study, the time effect on pavement response was evaluated by means of the concept of “pseudo temperature.” With the pavement temperature measured from instrumented thermocouples, the time and temperature dependency of AC materials was integrated into one single factor, termed “effective temperature.” Via this effective temperature, pavement responses under a transient load were predicted through finite element analysis. In the finite element model, viscoelastic behavior of AC materials was characterized through relaxation moduli, while the layers with unbound granular material were assumed to be in an elastic mode. The analysis was conducted for two different AC mixtures in a simplified flexible pavement structure at two different seasons. Finite element analysis results reveal that the loading time has a more pronounced impact on pavement response in the summer for both asphalt types. The results indicate that for reasonable prediction of dynamic response in flexible pavements, the effect of the depth-dependent loading time on pavement temperature should be considered.

  17. ROP GTPase-mediated auxin signaling regulates pavement cell interdigitation in Arabidopsis thaliana.

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    Lin, Deshu; Ren, Huibo; Fu, Ying

    2015-01-01

    In multicellular plant organs, cell shape formation depends on molecular switches to transduce developmental or environmental signals and to coordinate cell-to-cell communication. Plants have a specific subfamily of the Rho GTPase family, usually called Rho of Plants (ROP), which serve as a critical signal transducer involved in many cellular processes. In the last decade, important advances in the ROP-mediated regulation of plant cell morphogenesis have been made by using Arabidopsis thaliana leaf and cotyledon pavement cells. Especially, the auxin-ROP signaling networks have been demonstrated to control interdigitated growth of pavement cells to form jigsaw-puzzle shapes. Here, we review findings related to the discovery of this novel auxin-signaling mechanism at the cell surface. This signaling pathway is to a large extent independent of the well-known Transport Inhibitor Response (TIR)-Auxin Signaling F-Box (AFB) pathway, and instead requires Auxin Binding Protein 1 (ABP1) interaction with the plasma membrane-localized, transmembrane kinase (TMK) receptor-like kinase to regulate ROP proteins. Once activated, ROP influences cytoskeletal organization and inhibits endocytosis of the auxin transporter PIN1. The present review focuses on ROP signaling and its self-organizing feature allowing ROP proteins to serve as a bustling signal decoder and integrator for plant cell morphogenesis. PMID:25168157

  18. Acute toxicity of runoff from sealcoated pavement to Ceriodaphnia dubia and Pimephales promelas.

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    Mahler, Barbara J; Ingersoll, Christopher G; Van Metre, Peter C; Kunz, James L; Little, Edward E

    2015-04-21

    Runoff from coal-tar-based (CT) sealcoated pavement is a source of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) and N-heterocycles to surface waters. We investigated acute toxicity of simulated runoff collected from 5 h to 111 days after application of CT sealcoat and from 4 h to 36 days after application of asphalt-based sealcoat containing about 7% CT sealcoat (AS/CT-blend). Ceriodaphnia dubia (cladocerans) and Pimephales promelas (fathead minnows) were exposed in the laboratory to undiluted and 1:10 diluted runoff for 48 h, then transferred to control water and exposed to 4 h of ultraviolet radiation (UVR). Mortality following exposure to undiluted runoff from unsealed asphalt pavement and UVR was ?10% in all treatments. Test organisms exposed to undiluted CT runoff samples collected during the 3 days (C. dubia) or 36 days (P. promelas) following sealcoat application experienced 100% mortality prior to UVR exposure; with UVR exposure, mortality was 100% for runoff collected across the entire sampling period. Phototoxic-equivalent PAH concentrations and mortality demonstrated an exposure-response relation. The results indicate that runoff remains acutely toxic for weeks to months after CT sealcoat application. PMID:25860716

  19. Calculation criteria for road pavement evenness. Part 1: substantiating the flatness standards of asphalt concrete pavement

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    V.N. Gercog

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available This article gives an overview and analysis of the works aimed at finding empirical dependencies linking the indicators of longitudinal and transverse evenness with the parameters of the deformability of road constructions and its individual elements. We list the data of field experiments and laboratory studies of triaxial deformation of materials by a repeatedly applied load. The methods of calculating the deformation based on rheological models, including the theory of hereditary creep, have been analyzed. The results of studies substantiating the acceptable and the critical individual irregularities formed in the longitudinal and transverse directions are discussed. A new method of calculating the acceptable depth of irregularities, allowing for the characteristics of the vehicle, including the time of contact interaction between the wheel and the pavement that depends on the speed of the vehicle, has been suggested. The proposed method of calculating the critical values of irregularities ensures the required level of consumer characteristics (i.e. speed and traffic safety over the whole lifetime of the road structure.

  20. Research on the characteristics of temperature field of asphalt pavement in seasonal frozen region

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    Qiao, Jiangang; Liu, Weizheng

    2014-08-01

    The characteristics of climate in seasonal frozen area are low temperature and a large range of temperature variation between day and night in winter. These characteristics often lead to problems of asphalt pavement, especially transverse cracks. To reduce the problems of asphalt pavement, it is necessary to examine the distribution of the temperature range of asphalt pavement. A three-dimensional finite element model was used, taking the SMA asphalt pavement as an example with solid70 and plane55 unit features of ANSYS software. It can obtain the relationship between temperature gradient and time and the relationship between temperature gradient and depth. In addition, a function relation model of stress and time was also established. It can provide a theoretical basis for the prevention and treatment of problems of asphalt pavement in seasonal frozen area. Moreover, it has an important significance for improving asphalt pavement design.

  1. In-situ infiltration performance of different permeable pavements in a employee used parking lot--A four-year study.

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    Kumar, Kuldip; Kozak, Joseph; Hundal, Lakhwinder; Cox, Albert; Zhang, Heng; Granato, Thomas

    2016-02-01

    Permeable pavements are being adopted as a green solution in many parts of the world to manage urban stormwater quantity and quality. This paper reports on the measured in-situ infiltration performance over a four-year period since construction and use of three permeable parking sections (permeable pavers, permeable concrete and permeable asphalt) of an employee car parking lot. There was only a marginal decline in infiltration rates of all three pavements after one year of use. However, between years two to four, the infiltration rates declined significantly due to clogging of pores either by dry deposition of particles and/or shear stress of vehicles driving and degrading the permeable surfaces; during the last two years, a greater decline was also observed in driving areas of the parking lots compared to parking slots, where minimal wear and tear are expected. Maintenance strategies were employed to reclaim some of the lost infiltration rate of the permeable pavements to limited success. Despite this decline, the infiltration rates were still four to five times higher than average rainstorm intensity in the region. Thus, these permeable pavement parking lots may have significant ecological importance due to their ability to infiltrate rainwater quickly, reduce the runoff in the catchment area, and also dampen runoff peak flows that could otherwise enter the collection system for treatment in a combined sewer area. PMID:26606196

  2. Asphalt Materials Characterization in Support of Implementation of the Proposed Mechanistic-Empirical Pavement Design Guide

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    Flintsch, Gerardo W.; Loulizi, Amara; Diefenderfer, Stacey D.; Galal, Khaled A.; Diefenderfer, Brian K.

    2007-01-01

    The proposed Mechanistic-Empirical Pavement Design Guide (MEPDG) procedure is an improved methodology for pavement design and evaluation of paving materials. Since this new procedure depends heavily on the characterization of the fundamental engineering properties of paving materials, a thorough material characterization of mixes used in Virginia is needed to use the MEPDG to design new and rehabilitated flexible pavements. The primary objective of this project was to perform a full hot-mix a...

  3. Use of Reclaimed Asphalt Pavement in Conjunction with Ground Improvement: A Case History

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    Foye, Kevin C.

    2011-01-01

    The use of Reclaimed Asphalt Pavement (RAP) in lieu of virgin crushed stone aggregate is becoming a widely accepted practice for a number of construction applications, particularly pavement base courses. A number of laboratory RAP studies have considered the mechanical properties of RAP bases in order to support pavement designs incorporating RAP. These studies have revealed a number of interesting relationships between RAP moisture content, compaction, and stiffness. This paper discusses the...

  4. Effects of diurnal temperature dynamics on curing of cold-emulsion reclaimed asphalt pavements

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    Kiplagat Chelelgo

    2010-01-01

    Strength development in Cold-Emulsion Reclaimed Asphalt Pavements is gradual and largely dependent on the rate at which curing proceeds. Its early life strength is therefore low and presents a major challenge in material specification for mechanistic pavement design. The solution has been to subject a sample of the mixture to be used in the pavement to accelerated laboratory curing to the attainment of Equilibrium Moisture Content (EMC) condition. Fatigue and Stiffness parameters of the mix a...

  5. An Optimization Model for Design of Asphalt Pavements Based on IHAP Code Number 234

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    Ali Reza Ghanizadeh

    2016-01-01

    Pavement construction is one of the most costly parts of transportation infrastructures. Incommensurate design and construction of pavements, in addition to the loss of the initial investment, would impose indirect costs to the road users and reduce road safety. This paper aims to propose an optimization model to determine the optimal configuration as well as the optimum thickness of different pavement layers based on the Iran Highway Asphalt Paving Code Number 234 (IHAP Code 234). After deve...

  6. Characterising the Deformation Behaviour of Unbound Granular Materials in Pavement Structures

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    Rahman, Mohammad Shafiqur

    2015-01-01

    Unbound granular materials (UGMs) used in the base and sub-base layers of flexible pavements play a significant role in the overall performance of the structure. Proper understanding and characterization of the deformation behaviour of UGMs in pavement structures are, therefore, vital for the design and maintenance of flexible pavements. In this study, the resilient deformation (RD) and the permanent deformation (PD) behaviour of UGMs were investigated for the better understanding and improve...

  7. A methodological framework for pavement damage estimation considering simulated axle load spectra

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    Almeida, Arminda Maria Marques

    2014-01-01

    Despite being crucial to the economic and social development of any country or region, road freight transport is one of the players responsible for environmental impact of transport increasing in the last decades. In order to minimise these impacts, heavy vehicles have been evolving. Consequently, road pavement design must keep up with it since a road pavement is designed for a foreseeable heavy traffic flow that will pass on the pavement during its considered life time. The current pavem...

  8. Full scale demonstration of air-purifying pavement.

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    Ballari, M M; Brouwers, H J H

    2013-06-15

    Experiments concerning a full-scale demonstration of air purifying pavement in Hengelo, The Netherlands, are reported. The full width of the street was provided with concrete pavement containing TiO₂ over a length of 150 m ("DeNOx street"). Another part of the street, about 100 m, was paved with normal paving blocks ("Control street"). The outdoor monitoring was done during 26 days for a period exceeding one year, and measured parameters included traffic intensity, NO, NO₂ and ozone concentrations, temperature, relative humidity, wind speed and direction, and the visible and UV light irradiance. Prior and parallel to these field measurements, the used blocks were also measured in the lab to assess their performance. The NOx concentration was, on average, 19% (considering the whole day) and 28% (considering only afternoons) lower than the obtained values in the Control street. Under ideal weather conditions (high radiation and low relative humidity) a NOx concentration decrease of 45% could be observed. PMID:23731840

  9. Design Methodologies of Asphalt Pavement Used in China and Mozambique

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    Francisco Rufino Diogo, Jose; Shubber, Ammar Abbas Mohammed; Lin, Mu Han

    This study discusses and compares Asphalt Concrete (AC) pavement design methodologies used in China and Mozambique (based on South African Transportation and Communication Commission (SATCC) methodologies). The SATCC design methodologies use California Bearing Ratio (CBR) and catalogues methods. The South African catalogues are basically used for roads with traffic less than 30 million ESAs. The design catalogues method give small thickness than CBR and Chinese methods. The Chinese and the South African design methods give nearly the same thickness; this study concludes that these methods can be used in both countries; China and Mozambique. The results also show that the strong point of Chinese method is verifying the tensile stress and allowable displacement on the pavement calculated from computer program APDS.

  10. Evaluating Functional and Structural Condition Based Maintenances of Airfield Pavements

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    Tarefder R.

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available This study evaluates airfield pavements’ functional- and structural-condition to determine the most economical maintenance method. As a part of the analysis, Pavement Condition Index (PCI for several runways, taxiways, and aprons has been determined by MicroPAVER. Structural evaluation of airport pavements has been performed by Falling Weight Deflectometer (FWD test. Evaluation of Layer Moduli and Overlay Design (ELMOD also determines the required overlay thickness based on the E-values, i.e. FWD data analysis. Damage analysis determines the time of repeated overlay application. In addition, functional parameters have been included to determine the time of functional maintenance. Maintenance and rehabilitation alternatives have been selected to develop different program strategies. Life Cycle Cost Analysis (LCCA has been performed to determine the maintenance cost. Structural condition based maintenance cost is compared to functional condition based maintenance cost. Comparison shows that structural condition based approach yields cheaper maintenance strategies than functional condition based maintenance approach.

  11. Design Methodologies of Asphalt Pavement Used in China and Mozambique

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    Jose Francisco Rufino Diogo

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available This study discusses and compares Asphalt Concrete (AC pavement design methodologies used in China and Mozambique (based on South African Transportation and Communication Commission (SATCC methodologies. The SATCC design methodologies use California Bearing Ratio (CBR and catalogues methods. The South African catalogues are basically used for roads with traffic less than 30 million ESAs. The design catalogues method give small thickness than CBR and Chinese methods. The Chinese and the South African design methods give nearly the same thickness; this study concludes that these methods can be used in both countries; China and Mozambique. The results also show that the strong point of Chinese method is verifying the tensile stress and allowable displacement on the pavement calculated from computer program APDS.

  12. Moral Distress, Workplace Health, and Intrinsic Harm.

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    Weber, Elijah

    2016-05-01

    Moral distress is now being recognized as a frequent experience for many health care providers, and there's good evidence that it has a negative impact on the health care work environment. However, contemporary discussions of moral distress have several problems. First, they tend to rely on inadequate characterizations of moral distress. As a result, subsequent investigations regarding the frequency and consequences of moral distress often proceed without a clear understanding of the phenomenon being discussed, and thereby risk substantially misrepresenting the nature, frequency, and possible consequences of moral distress. These discussions also minimize the intrinsically harmful aspects of moral distress. This is a serious omission. Moral distress doesn't just have a negative impact on the health care work environment; it also directly harms the one who experiences it. In this paper, I claim that these problems can be addressed by first clarifying our understanding of moral distress, and then identifying what makes moral distress intrinsically harmful. I begin by identifying three common mistakes that characterizations of moral distress tend to make, and explaining why these mistakes are problematic. Next, I offer an account of moral distress that avoids these mistakes. Then, I defend the claim that moral distress is intrinsically harmful to the subject who experiences it. I conclude by explaining how acknowledging this aspect of moral distress should reshape our discussions about how best to deal with this phenomenon. PMID:26308751

  13. The Research on the Cracks of the Asphalt Pavement

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    OuYangZiqiang; Li Chunge

    2015-01-01

    The cracking is one of the common diseases of the asphalt pavement. According to the shape and the forming reasons, the cracks can be divided into two categories. Each categories can be divided into several types. Through the comparison and the analysis of the causes of different cracks, the prevention and the treatments are proposed in the respects of the structural design, material design and construction

  14. The Research on the Cracks of the Asphalt Pavement

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    OuYangZiqiang

    2015-07-01

    Full Text Available The cracking is one of the common diseases of the asphalt pavement. According to the shape and the forming reasons, the cracks can be divided into two categories. Each categories can be divided into several types. Through the comparison and the analysis of the causes of different cracks, the prevention and the treatments are proposed in the respects of the structural design, material design and construction

  15. Use of Recycled Aggregates in Riigid Pavement Construction

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    Muscalu, Marius-Teodor; Andrei, Radu

    2011-01-01

    The paper presents the actual stage of analysis and laboratory studies, undertaken in the frame of postdoctoral program “Develop and Support Multidisciplinary Postdoctoral Programs in Primordial Technical Areas of National Strategy of the Research–Development–Innovation” 4D-POSTDOC, aiming to produce recycled aggregates with physical-mechanical characteristics suitable for use in rigid pavement construction. Recycled aggregates under investigation are obtained by crushing of cement concrete f...

  16. Road Performance of Fiber Reinforced Asphalt Concrete Bridge Deck Pavement

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    Xiu Liu; Zhaojie Sun; Decheng Feng; Yixiang Cao

    2013-01-01

    As the problem of asphalt concrete bridge deck pavement is becoming more and more serious, how to improve its road performance has become the focus of the study. Considering fiber is widely used in road engineering, wheel tracking test, flexural test, immersion marshall test and freeze-thaw splitting test were carried out to study road performance of asphalt mixture with different fiber contents, analyzing the function mechanism of fiber reinforced asphalt ...

  17. DYNAMIC JOINT LOAD TRANSFER EFFICIENCY OF RIGID PAVEMENT

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    YU Xinhua

    2011-02-01

    Full Text Available the mechanistic analysis presented in this paper is only the beginning of new approach for understanding the real joint load transfer capability on airport and highway concrete pavements. It gives up the two major assumptions those have been popularly adopted by hundreds of published papers: the load is transferred under a wheel with zero speed and with fixed position. The real load transfer in field is always under wheels with non-zero speed and with varied position at any moment. The objective of this study focuses on quantifying the dynamic effects of a moving wheel while it is crossing a joint on a pavement. The analysis is conducted using a model of two-slab system on Kelvin foundation under a moving wheel with variable speed v, different pavement damping Cs, foundation reaction modulus k and foundation damping Ck. The dynamic joint load transfer efficiency is temporarily and empirically defined by the peak strain ratio LTE(S on the two sides of a joint. The primary findings include: (1 The higher speed of a moving wheel leads to the higher LTE(S;(2 The larger the pavement damping Cs leads to the higher LTE(S;(3 The numerical ratio c(=LTE(Sdynamic/ LTE(Sstatic varies in the range 1 to 2 mainly depending on speed v and damping Cs;(4 The LTE(Sdynamic is not sensitive to foundation reaction modulus k and foundation damping Ck. Further researches are needed for appropriate applications of the new model in practice.

  18. Use of Recycled Aggregate and Fly Ash in Concrete Pavement

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    Myle N. James; Wonchang Choi; Taher Abu-Lebdeh

    2011-01-01

    Problem statement: Recycled materials aggregate from the demolished concrete structures and fly ash from burning coal shows the possible application as structural and non structural components in concrete structures. This research aims to evaluate the feasibility of using concrete containing recycled concrete aggregate and fly ash in concrete pavement. Approach: Two water cement ratio (0.45 and 0.55) the compressive strength, modulus of electricity and flexural streng...

  19. Combined permeable pavement and ground source heat pump systems

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    Grabowiecki, Piotr

    2010-01-01

    The PhD thesis focuses on the performance assessment of permeable pavement systems incorporating ground source heat pumps (GSHP). The relatively high variability of temperature in these systems allows for the survival of pathogenic organisms within the sub‐base. Salmonella sp, Escherichia coli, Enterococci and total heterotrophic bacteria were analysed in order to assess potential risk to health. Supplementary carbon dioxide monitoring indicated relatively high microbial activity on the geote...

  20. The improvement of pavement performance using asphalt rubber hot mixes

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    Pais, Jorge C.; Pereira, Paulo A. A.

    2007-01-01

    The need of a better pavement performance has led researchers to develop new road materials, mainly for the asphalt layers, where the modification of the asphalt is the main example. This modification usually forces the use of polymers and fibers and, more recently, the use of crumb rubber from ground tires, where the modified asphalt is known as asphalt rubber. This asphalt rubber used in asphalt mixtures produces a superior performance if compared to the asphalt mixtures with...

  1. Effect of Bituminous Pavement Structures on the Rolling Resistance

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    CHUPIN, Olivier; Piau, Jean Michel; CHABOT, Armelle

    2010-01-01

    For environmental reasons, the energy consumption of road traffic is an overwhelming question and so is the subsequent quantification of the power dissipation of a vehicle-road system. Among several sources of dissipation occurring at different levels of this system (aerodynamic forces, internal friction in the engine, etc), the present paper focuses on the power dissipation induced by the pavement itself, and more specifically by its constitutive behavior. As a matter of fact, the type of...

  2. Integration of Sustainability Rating Tools in Contemporary Pavement Management Systems

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    Maher, Michael; Kazmierowski, Tom; Navarra, Michael

    2015-01-01

    There is growing demand around the world for public agencies to implement sustainable initiatives into public infrastructure projects. Sustainability principles need to be integrated seamlessly into all decision making processes, especially when it relates to public expenditures on vital infrastructure. While agreeing with the principles of sustainability, many agencies struggle with how to implement these objectives in a systematic manner. Pavement sustainability can be evaluated using sever...

  3. Stress and distress.

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    Selye, H

    1975-12-01

    I must ask the reader's indulgence for this article's concern with applications of the stress concept, which are distinct from, although related to clinical medicine. It has not been my object to deal with the way physicians have been aided by stress research in the practice of medicine--that information is already widely available. Rather, I have attempted to sketch briefly the history of the stress theory and to demonstrate how this information can help anyone, physician or layman, lead a more complete and satisfying life. The applications of the stress theory have been dealt with at length elsewhere. I believe that we can find within scientifically verified observations the basis of a code of behavior suited to our century. The great laws of nature that regulate the defenses of living beings against stress of any kind are essentially the same at all levels of life, from individual cells to entire complex human organisms and societies. It helps a great deal to understand the fundamental advantages and disadvantages of catatoxic and syntoxic attitudes by studying the biologic basis of self-preservation as reflected in syntoxic and catatoxic chemical mechanisms. When applied to everyday problems, this understanding should lead to choices most likely to provide us the pleasant eustress (from the Greek eu meaning good, as in euphoria) involved in achieving fulfillment and victory, thereby avoiding the self-destructive distress of frustration and failure. So the translation of the laws governing resistance of cells and organs to a code of behavior comes down to three basic precepts: 1. Find your own natural stress level. People differ with regard to the amount and kind of work they consider worth doing to meet the exigencies of daily life and to assure their future security and happiness. In this respect, all of us are influenced by hereditary predispositions and the expectations of our society. Only through planned self-analysis can we establish what we really want; too many people suffer all their lives because they are too conservative to risk a radical change by breaking with hiabits or traditions. 2. Altruistic egoism. The selfish (i.e., self-interested) hoarding of the goodwill, respect, esteem, support, and love of our neighbors is the most efficient way to give vent to our pent-up energy and to create a more enjoyable, beautiful, or useful environment.3. Earn thy neighbor's love. This motto--which is merely a rewording of the command to "love thy neighbor as thyself"--is compatible with man's natural structure, and although it is based on altruistic egoism, it could hardly be attacked as unethical. Who would blame the man who wants to assure his own homeostasis and happiness only by accumulating the treasure of other poeple's benevolence and love? Yet this makes him virtually unassailable, for nobody wants to attack and destroy those upon whom he depends. PMID:1222562

  4. Performance of pervious pavement parking bays storing rainwater in the north of Spain.

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    Gomez-Ullate, E; Bayon, J R; Coupe, S; Castro-Fresno, D

    2010-01-01

    Pervious pavements are drainage techniques that improve urban water management in a sustainable manner. An experimental pervious pavement parking area has been constructed in the north of Spain (Santander), with the aim of harvesting good quality rainwater. Forty-five pervious pavement structures have been designed and constructed to measure stored water quantity and quality simultaneously. Ten of these structures are specifically constructed with different geotextile layers for improving water storage within the pavements. Following the confirmation in previous laboratory experiments that the geotextile influenced on water storage, two different geosynthetics (Inbitex and a One Way evaporation control membrane) and control pervious pavements with no geotextile layers were tested in the field. Weather conditions were monitored in order to find correlations with the water storage within the pervious pavement models tested. During one year of monitoring the three different pervious pavement types tested remained at their maximum storage capacity. The heavy rain events which occurred during the experimental period caused evaporation rates within the pervious pavements to be not significant, but allowed the researchers to observe certain trends in the water storage. Temperature was the most closely correlated weather factor with the level of the water stored within the pervious pavements tested. PMID:20706008

  5. Low-cost bicycle path pavements. Final report, September 1, 1975--November 30, 1976

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    Lai, J.S.

    1976-12-01

    The proposed research involves an analytic and experimental investigation to develop realistic design criteria for bicycle path pavements. The research also included evaluation of specific designs and innovative low-cost material systems for use in bicycle path pavements. An extensive literature review of currently existing and experimental bikepath pavement was also included. Results from this report indicate that the strength and durability of Class I bikepath pavements can be improved and the construction cost can be reduced through better design and construction practices and use of low-cost material systems.

  6. Stratified soils under stone pavements as tools for palaeoenvironment reconstruction

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    Dietze, M.; Kleber, A.

    2009-04-01

    Stone pavements in climate-sensitive arid environments are often genetically associated with their underlying soil. Such soils are in general accretionary but also show features of stratification, resulting from changing environmental conditions, as well as alteration by pedogenesis. We thus regard soil-sediment profiles under stone pavements as distinctive archives of past geomorphic and pedologic processes. Deciphering the evolution allows reconstruction of landscape dynamics. Cima Volcanic Field, eastern Mojave Desert, California, has been in the focus of several studies. However, a detailed stratigraphic investigation of soils developed on basaltic lava flows of known age has not been conducted. We present descriptions of pedologic, stratigraphic and mineralogic properties of a sequence of soil profiles situated on a basaltic lava flow of middle Pleistocene age. We infer several phases of aeolian, fluvial, mass movement and pedologic activity of different nature. The archive reveals a complex evolution that can be attributed to specific environmental conditions in this climate-sensitive region, though numerical dating is preliminary. However, stratified, cumulic soils associated with desert pavements can be regarded as a unique type of archive, recording processes not traced in any other proxy record.

  7. EVALUATION OF TIRE RUBBER DISPOSAL IN CONCRETE FOR PAVEMENTS

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    Rosa Cristina Cecche Lintz

    2009-12-01

    Full Text Available The production of waste by the tire industry has been a growing problem, indicating the need for its reuse. More than thirty million tires are discharged per year in Brazil, where regulation for the environment states that for each four new tires, five unusable ones must be adequately disposed by manufacturers and importers. Paving consumes an extremely large quantity of materials, which can be the source of rational application of waste and rejected materials. Research shows that tire rubber can be added to asphalt, which increases its durability and improves pavement quality and safety conditions by absorbing the rubber elastic properties, and also be used for architectural applications, among others. This study deals with the addition of rubber fibers from tire crushing in concrete for roadway pavements in order to provide proper indication about the alternative material disposal through an evaluation of the mechanical behavior of the modified concrete. Different concrete mixes were produced, within which, part of fine aggregates were substituted by tire rubber and mechanical experiment tests were performed, which show that, due to great resistance losses, the disposal of this alternative material in concrete should be considered for light traffic pavements, with the addition of rubber ranging up to 10% in mass.

  8. Numerical Simulation of Moving Load on Concrete Pavements

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    Laj?kov Gabriela

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available The knowledge of the development with time of the strain and stress states in pavement structures is needed in the solution of various engineering tasks as the design fatigue lifetime reliability maintenance and structure development. The space computing model of the truck TATRA 815 is introduced. The pavement computing model is created in the sense of Kirchhof theory of the thin slab on elastic foundation. The goal of the calculation is to obtain the vertical deflection in the middle of the slab and the time courses of vertical tire forces. The equations of motion are derived in the form of differential equations. The assumption about the shape of the slab deflection area is adopted. The equations of the motion are solved numerically in the environment of program system MATLAB. The dependences following the influence of various parameters (speed of vehicle motion, stiffness of subgrade, slab thickness, road profile on the pavement vertical deflections and the vertical tire forces are introduced. The results obtained from the plate computing model are compared with the results obtained by the FEM analysis. The outputs of the numerical solution in the time domain can be transformed into a frequency domain and subsequently used to solve various engineering tasks.

  9. Reliability-based performance simulation for optimized pavement maintenance

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    Chou, Jui-Sheng, E-mail: jschou@mail.ntust.edu.tw [Department of Construction Engineering, National Taiwan University of Science and Technology (Taiwan Tech), 43 Sec. 4, Keelung Rd., Taipei 106, Taiwan (China); Le, Thanh-Son [Department of Construction Engineering, National Taiwan University of Science and Technology (Taiwan Tech), 43 Sec. 4, Keelung Rd., Taipei 106, Taiwan (China)

    2011-10-15

    Roadway pavement maintenance is essential for driver safety and highway infrastructure efficiency. However, regular preventive maintenance and rehabilitation (M and R) activities are extremely costly. Unfortunately, the funds available for the M and R of highway pavement are often given lower priority compared to other national development policies, therefore, available funds must be allocated wisely. Maintenance strategies are typically implemented by optimizing only the cost whilst the reliability of facility performance is neglected. This study proposes a novel algorithm using multi-objective particle swarm optimization (MOPSO) technique to evaluate the cost-reliability tradeoff in a flexible maintenance strategy based on non-dominant solutions. Moreover, a probabilistic model for regression parameters is employed to assess reliability-based performance. A numerical example of a highway pavement project is illustrated to demonstrate the efficacy of the proposed MOPSO algorithms. The analytical results show that the proposed approach can help decision makers to optimize roadway maintenance plans. - Highlights: > A novel algorithm using multi-objective particle swarm optimization technique. > Evaluation of the cost-reliability tradeoff in a flexible maintenance strategy. > A probabilistic model for regression parameters is employed to assess reliability-based performance. > The proposed approach can help decision makers to optimize roadway maintenance plans.

  10. Reliability-based performance simulation for optimized pavement maintenance

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    Roadway pavement maintenance is essential for driver safety and highway infrastructure efficiency. However, regular preventive maintenance and rehabilitation (M and R) activities are extremely costly. Unfortunately, the funds available for the M and R of highway pavement are often given lower priority compared to other national development policies, therefore, available funds must be allocated wisely. Maintenance strategies are typically implemented by optimizing only the cost whilst the reliability of facility performance is neglected. This study proposes a novel algorithm using multi-objective particle swarm optimization (MOPSO) technique to evaluate the cost-reliability tradeoff in a flexible maintenance strategy based on non-dominant solutions. Moreover, a probabilistic model for regression parameters is employed to assess reliability-based performance. A numerical example of a highway pavement project is illustrated to demonstrate the efficacy of the proposed MOPSO algorithms. The analytical results show that the proposed approach can help decision makers to optimize roadway maintenance plans. - Highlights: ?A novel algorithm using multi-objective particle swarm optimization technique. ? Evaluation of the cost-reliability tradeoff in a flexible maintenance strategy. ? A probabilistic model for regression parameters is employed to assess reliability-based performance. ? The proposed approach can help decision makers to optimize roadway maintenance plans.

  11. Maternal postpartum distress and childhood overweight

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    Ajslev, Teresa A; Andersen, Camilla S; Ingstrup, Katja G; Nøhr, Ellen Aagaard; Sørensen, Thorkild I A

    2010-01-01

    We investigated associations between maternal postpartum distress covering anxiety, depression and stress and childhood overweight.......We investigated associations between maternal postpartum distress covering anxiety, depression and stress and childhood overweight....

  12. Perfectionism, Procrastination, and Psychological Distress

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    Rice, Kenneth G.; Richardson, Clarissa M. E.; Clark, Dustin

    2012-01-01

    Using a cross-panel design and data from 2 successive cohorts of college students ( N = 357), we examined the stability of maladaptive perfectionism, procrastination, and psychological distress across 3 time points within a college semester. Each construct was substantially stable over time, with procrastination being especially stable. We also

  13. Liquidity Risk and Distressed Equity

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    Medhat, Mamdouh

    I show theoretically and empirically that cash holdings can help rationalize the low returns to distressed equity. In my model, levered firms with financing constraints optimally choose their cash holdings to eliminate liquidity risk and optimally default when insolvent. Using data on solvency...

  14. Desert pavement development on the lake shorelines of Lake Eyre (South), South Australia

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    Al-Farraj, Asma

    2008-08-01

    To the southwest of Lake Eyre (South), South Australia, silcrete boulders exposed by the erosion of the surrounding fine sediments undergo mechanical weathering to form desert pavement. Successive palaeoshorelines of Lake Eyre have exposed an age-related sequence of different stages in the weathering of the boulders. This study investigates desert pavement development in this saline environment. In addition, it attempts to develop a model for the development of desert pavement following exposure of the silcrete boulders, based on palaeo-lake shorelines dated from previous studies. Seven stages can be recognised corresponding to stages of soil and pavement development. Prior to stage one is the actual exposure of the boulder as the result of erosion by wave action at the lake shoreline or by erosion as the lake level falls during desiccation. At stage-1 the upper surface of the boulder breaks up through mechanical weathering (salt weathering), while the rest of the boulder is still buried. At stage-2 the surface fragments fall to the edge of the stone and expose more of the stone, which continues to break-up. There is no soil development in stages 1 and 2. By stage-3 most of the stone is exposed and broken up, making a mini-hill. At this stage soil development begins with the accumulation of sandy soil between the rock fragments. At stage-4 the stones form small cones and the soil is more developed. It is sandy with a typical of colour 10 YR 6/6. At stage-5 the stones forming the small cone are completely fragmented. Stone fragments at the centre are very angular but smoother at the edges of the mini-hill as the result of weathering (etching by chemical processes?). Soil texture is silty/sand and soil colour is 7.5 YR 6/6. At stage-6 the surface is nearly flat. The soil is sandy/silt and soil colour is between 7.5 YR 5/6 and 7.5 YR 5/8. Stage-7a is the gibber plain phase, composed of small well rounded stones, as a result of continued etching of the edges of the fragmented stones. The soil is silty, and the soil colour is between 5 YR 5/6 and 5 YR 5/8. Stage-7b is also gibber plain, with small well rounded stone fragments but where the soil has been replaced by crystalline gypsum. This sequence differs from sequences described in other areas, especially on alluvial fan or terrace surfaces. This may be partly due to the different origin of the clasts, as "pre-weathered" silcrete boulders, and partly due to the importance of chemical weathering by "etching" in this salt-rich environment.

  15. GPR used in combination with other NDT methods for assessing pavements in PPP projects

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    Loizos, Andreas; Plati, Christina

    2014-05-01

    In the recent decades, Public-Private Partnerships (PPP) has been adopted for highway infrastructure procurement in many countries. PPP projects typically take the form of a section of highway and connecting roadways which are to be construction and managed for a given concession period. Over the course of the highway concession period, the private agency takes over the pavement maintenance and rehabilitation duties. On this purpose, it is critical to find the most cost effective way to maintain the infrastructure in compliance with the agreed upon performance measures and a Pavement Management Systems (PMS) is critical to the success of this process. For the prosperous operation of a PMS it is necessary to have appropriate procedures for pavement monitoring and evaluation, which is important in many areas of pavement engineering. Non Destructive Testing (NDT) has played a major role in pavement condition monitoring, assessments and evaluation accomplishing continuous and quick collection of pavement data. The analysis of this data can lead to indicators related to trigger values (criteria) that define the pavement condition based on which the pavement "health" is perceived helping decide whether there is the need or not to intervene in the pavement. The accomplished perception appoints required management activities for preserving pavements in favor not only of the involved highway/road agencies but also of users' service. Amongst NDT methods Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) seems to be a very powerful toll, as it provides a range of condition and construction pavement information. It can support effectively the implementation of PMS activities in the framework of pavement monitoring and evaluation. Given that, the present work aims to the development and adaptation of a protocol for the use of GPR in combination with other NDT methods, such as Falling Weight Deflectometer (FWD), for assessing pavements in PPP projects. It is based on the experience of Laboratory of Pavement Engineering of National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) gained through its research activities in various Greek PPP projects as well its involvement in several related European and International scientific actions. It is suggested that the implementation of such protocol could support the pavement management activities with respect to the needs of a PPP project. This is accomplished through the resulted advantages that include simplicity in application, economic benefits and familiarity that are very important factors towards the optimization of the resources and the utilization of the available information; both of them are required for the orderly operation of a PPP project. Acknowledgments: This work benefited from networking activities carried out within the EU funded COST Action TU1208 "Civil Engineering Applications of Ground Penetrating Radar."

  16. Permeability measurement and scan imaging to assess clogging of pervious concrete pavements in parking lots.

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    Kayhanian, Masoud; Anderson, Dane; Harvey, John T; Jones, David; Muhunthan, Balasingam

    2012-03-01

    This paper describes a study that used permeability measurement along with physical and hydrological characteristics of 20 pervious concrete pavements in parking lots throughout California. The permeability was measured at five locations: the main entrance, an area with no traffic, and three separate measurements within a parking space at each parking lot. Hydrological and physical site characteristics such as traffic flow, erosion, vegetation cover, sediments accumulation, maintenance practice, presence of cracking, rainfall, and temperature data were also collected for each parking lot. These data were used to perform detailed statistical analysis to determine factors influencing changes in permeability and hence assessing possible cause of clogging. In addition, seven representative core samples were obtained from four different parking lots with permeability ranging from very low to very high. Porosity profiles produced from CT scanning were used to assess the possible nature and extent of clogging. Results showed that there is a large variation in permeability within each parking lot and between different parking lots. In general, the age of the parking lot is the predominant factor influencing the permeability. Statistical analysis revealed that fine sediment (particles less than 38 μm) mass is also an important influencing factor. Other influencing factors with lower significance included number of days with a temperature greater than 30°C and the amount of vegetation next to the parking lot. The combined scanned image analysis and porosity profile of the cores showed that most clogging occurs near the surface of the pavement. While lower porosity generally appeared to be limited to the upper 25 mm, in some core samples evidence of lower porosity was found up to 100mm below the surface. PMID:22115516

  17. Mechanical behavior of flexible pavements undergoing thermal gradients - doi: 10.4025/actascitechnol.v33i3.10848

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    Grazielli Vassoler; Wang Chong; Luciano Pivoto Specht

    2011-01-01

    The proper structural understanding of a pavement should consider, according to the pavement mechanics, the aspects related to the traffic load, the environment and material properties. When asphaltic materials are used, the stress/strain relationships and the dependencies of load-time and temperature are key parameters for understanding flexible pavement performance. In this study, we employed the finite elements method to calculate stress/strain in flexible pavements structures considering ...

  18. Application of CalME incremental-recursive method to the evaluation of the structural condition as asphalt pavements; Aplicacion del metodo recursivo-incremental CalME a la evaluacion del estado estructural de los pavimentos bituminosas

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    Mateos Moreno, A.; Perez Ayuso, J.; Cadavid Jauregui, B.; Marron Fernandez, J. O.

    2011-07-01

    CalME procedure represents one of the most advanced tools for the design, of flexible pavements world-wide. It is an incremental-recursive method, which means that pavements service life must be divided into many time intervals where both structural integrity and environmental conditions can be regarded as constants. It also means that the damage calculated at the end of each interval must be considered as initial condition for the next one. The goal of this type of models is the prediction of the evolution of the different distress mechanisms. The advantages of incremental-recursive procedures versus classical analytical design are shown in this paper. Advantages are shown not only in terms of design, but also as a tool in order to support structural evaluation. In particular, the potential of asphalt fatigue model incorporated in CalME is presented. this model is initially calibrated in the laboratory, and it is then re-calibrated based on the actual performance observed from field deflection testing. The model provides a reliable prediction of the future evolution of the damage of the asphalt mixture. Fatigue model validation has been conducted based on the performance from several flexible sections evaluated in CEDEX full-scale pavements test track. (Author) 14 refs.

  19. "Comparison of some Structural Analyses Methods used for the Test Pavement in the Danish Road Testing Machine

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    Baltzer, S.; Zhang, W.; Macdonald, R.; Ullidtz, Per

    three test series, 50000 load repetitions were applied at each load level, and the test chamber temperature was maintained at approximately 25 degree C.Instruments installed in the test pavement included: Strain measuring sensors (LVDT Soil Strain Deformation Transducers and Asphalt Strain Gauges), Soil...... Pressure Cells, Thermistors and Pore Pressure Sensors. Routine monitoring of instrument responses and surface profiles with a Profilometer and FWD/LWD structural testing were undertaken at regular intervals during the construction and load testing programmes.This paper compares various structural analysis...

  20. Assessment of an Impulse GPR Antenna Abilities in Investigation of Transversal Cracks of the Bituminous Pavement

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    Krysi?ski, L.; Sudyka, J.

    2012-04-01

    Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) technique is commonly used for detection of internal singularities of construction structure. The method is particularly efficient in the case of linear horizontal objects when profile scanning is being performed in the direction perpendicular to object elongation and polarization of the electric field is parallel to the elongation. Then the singular object manifests itself in the echogram as a scattering hyperbola. Similar response is generated by an object having shape close to a vertical half plane with horizontal edge, when the edge acts like the scattering linear object. The use of GPR technique for investigation of transversal cracks in the bituminous pavement would seem to be promising, but numerous paradoxes occur just at the beginning tests. Even well visible cracks of more than ten millimeters thickness doesn't generate noticeable GPR response, while thinner ones sometimes can produce strong response but in the deeper interior of the pavement. Thus arise a more general question: what the GPR technique can tell us about the cracks? Trying to study this problem some laboratory tests were performed to estimate efficiency of signal generation by structures simulating idealized cracks' shapes. Next long-term (several years) visual observation and repeated GPR scanning was performed on the three road sections (each one of several hundred meters length) with heavy traffic, where ongoing cracking process occurs. The preliminary measurements were directed to obtain the proper way of scanning. The main aim of the analysis was to find GPR characteristics of cracks that can be noticed on echograms. It was performed by detailed correlation of the visually observed cracks position with echograms using decimeter precision. These efforts provided a list of diagnostic GPR characteristics of cracks and some provisional scale of their intensity. In several cases the cracks were probed by drillings to recognize structures responsible for signal generation or to explain reasons of lacking signal. The three field cases represent different types of bituminous pavement and different degrees of cracking process progress, what showed first of all a large diversity GPR responses types and existence of specific masking effect related possibly to large-size granulation of the asphalt mixture. These examples show that the strong signals are frequently related to advanced deterioration in lower, older layers and confirm difficulty of cracks detection in a new cover. But on other hand long term observation showed that numerous new cracks appear on the surface in places, where some structural singularities were noticed earlier inside the new construction.

  1. 23 CFR 973.208 - Indian lands pavement management system (PMS).

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    ... 23 Highways 1 2010-04-01 2010-04-01 false Indian lands pavement management system (PMS). 973.208... PROGRAM Bureau of Indian Affairs Management Systems § 973.208 Indian lands pavement management system (PMS..., 2001, is available for inspection as prescribed at 49 CFR part 7. It is also available from...

  2. 23 CFR 970.208 - Federal lands pavement management system (PMS).

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    ... 23 Highways 1 2010-04-01 2010-04-01 false Federal lands pavement management system (PMS). 970.208... HIGHWAYS NATIONAL PARK SERVICE MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS National Park Service Management Systems § 970.208 Federal lands pavement management system (PMS). In addition to the requirements provided in § 970.204,...

  3. 23 CFR 971.208 - Federal lands pavement management system (PMS).

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    ... 23 Highways 1 2010-04-01 2010-04-01 false Federal lands pavement management system (PMS). 971.208... lands pavement management system (PMS). In addition to the requirements provided in § 971.204, the PMS...,” AASHTO, 2001, is available for inspection as prescribed at 49 CFR part 7. It is also available from...

  4. FORECASTING OF DURABILITY OF ASPHALT PAVEMENT ON THE BASIS OF LEVELS OF THEIR VIBRATION LOADING

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    V. A. Osinovskaya

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available The problem of low durability of flexible pavement is one of the most important problems of road economy. For example, the actual service life of asphalt pavement in Russia about 3 … 5 years. The bad condition of highways is an obstacle for the development of the national economy and leads to a significant annual economic losses.At present, this problem has no exact solution. Even at the seeming good road conditions of Europe and America the problem of low durability is no less important in these countries. And this problem becomes more and more actual every year.Our scientific researches allowed to make a hypothesis that the projected of pavements are not have the necessary durability yet not of a stage of designing because in strength calculations did not take into account the vibration of road constructions.Very actual the vibration loading becomes today as is now significantly changed the nature of loading of pavements. As a result the deflections of a pavements are reduced, but the increased vibration of pavements accelerated processes of destruction and significantly reduced durability.The theory of vibration destruction developed by the author allows to adjust the vibration, to form the vibration resistance pavements, and also to forecast a residual life of pavements that will more effectively develop repair actions.

  5. 76 FR 67018 - Notice to Manufacturers of Airport In-Pavement Stationary Runway Weather Information Systems

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    2011-10-28

    ... Information Systems AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), U.S. DOT. ACTION: Notice to Manufacturers of In-Pavement Stationary Runway Weather Information Systems. SUMMARY: Projects funded under the... Active or Passive In- Pavement Stationary Runway Weather Information Systems that meet the...

  6. Effects of reclaimed asphalt pavement on indirect tensile strength test of conditioned foamed asphalt mix

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    This paper presents the results of Indirect Tensile Strength (ITS) Test for samples prepared with reclaimed asphalt pavement (RAP). Samples were conditioned in water at 25°C for 24 hours prior to testing. Results show that recycled aggregate from reclaimed asphalt pavement performs as well as virgin aggregate.

  7. Asphalt Pavement Aging and Temperature Dependent Properties Using Functionally Graded Viscoelastic Model

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    Dave, Eshan V.

    2009-01-01

    Asphalt concrete pavements are inherently graded viscoelastic structures. Oxidative aging of asphalt binder and temperature cycling due to climatic conditions being the major cause of non-homogeneity. Current pavement analysis and simulation procedures dwell on the use of layered approach to account for these non-homogeneities. The conventional…

  8. High-speed texture measurement of pavements

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    McGhee, Kevin K.; Flintsch, Gerardo W.

    2003-01-01

    This study was conducted to validate high-speed texture measuring equipment for use in highway applications. The evaluation included two high-speed systems and a new static referencing device. Tests were conducted on 22 runway and taxiway test sections from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's Wallops Flight Facility and 7 surfaces from Virginia's Smart Road. Texture estimates recorded with the high-speed (dynamic) equipment correlated extremely well with estimates made with st...

  9. Road Edge of Pavement, RoadPavement; polygon, Published in 2010, 1:1200 (1in=100ft) scale, Athens-Clarke County Planning Department.

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    NSGIC GIS Inventory (aka Ramona) This Road Edge of Pavement dataset, published at 1:1200 (1in=100ft) scale, was produced all or in part from Orthoimagery information as of 2010. It is described as...

  10. Road Edge of Pavement, Edge of Pavement, does not include sidewalks, Published in 2005, 1:1200 (1in=100ft) scale, Allegany County Government.

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    NSGIC GIS Inventory (aka Ramona) — This Road Edge of Pavement dataset, published at 1:1200 (1in=100ft) scale, was produced all or in part from Orthoimagery information as of 2005. It is described as...

  11. Surfactant alteration and replacement in acute respiratory distress syndrome

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    Walmrath Dieter; Grimminger Friedrich; Markart Philipp; Schmidt Reinhold; Ruppert Clemens; Günther Andreas; Seeger Werner

    2001-01-01

    Abstract The acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) is a frequent, life-threatening disease in which a marked increase in alveolar surface tension has been repeatedly observed. It is caused by factors including a lack of surface-active compounds, changes in the phospholipid, fatty acid, neutral lipid, and surfactant apoprotein composition, imbalance of the extracellular surfactant subtype distribution, inhibition of surfactant function by plasma protein leakage, incorporation of surfactan...

  12. Numerical simulation on the thermal response of heat-conducting asphalt pavements

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    Using asphalt pavements as a solar collector is a subject of current interest all over the world because the sun provides a cheap and abundant source of clean and renewable energy, which can be captured by black asphalt pavements. A heat-conducting device is designed to absorb energy from the sun. In order to validate what parameters are critical in the asphalt collector, a finite element model is developed to predict the thermal response of the heat-conducting device compared to the conventional asphalt mixture. Some factors that may affect the asphalt pavement collector are considered, including the coefficient of heat conductivity of the asphalt pavement, the distance between pipes with the medium, water, and the pipe's diameter. Ultimately, the finite element model can provide pavement engineers with an efficient computational tool that can be a guide to the conductive asphalt solar collector's experiment in the laboratory.

  13. PECULIAR FEATURES OF HEAT-HUMIDITY MODE PERTAINING TO POROUS LAYERS OF ASPHALT CONCRETE PAVEMENTS

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    V. Verenko

    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available The paper presents results of experimental investigations and points out the fact that conventional approaches to design and calculations of road pavements that presuppose application of porous asphalt concrete on compact bedding can cause some deformations and destructions initiated due to humidity migration in large internal material pores and lead to material destruction during warm season of the year when water is characterized by high activity. Such processes result in bitumen washing-out, white spot occurrence on the pavement and quick destruction of the pavement.The paper proposes to reconsider existing approaches to design and calculation of road pavements, estimation of reliability and service-ability levels of the applied construction materials. In particular it is necessary to calculate a road pavement with respect to thermo-physical action while excluding condensate and humidity accumulation in porous materials. 

  14. Numerical simulation on the thermal response of heat-conducting asphalt pavements

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    Wang Hong; Wu Shaopeng; Chen Mingyu; Zhang Yuan, E-mail: wusp@whut.edu.c [Key Laboratory of Silicate Materials Science and Engineering, Ministry of Education, Wuhan University of Technology, Wuhan 430070 (China)

    2010-05-01

    Using asphalt pavements as a solar collector is a subject of current interest all over the world because the sun provides a cheap and abundant source of clean and renewable energy, which can be captured by black asphalt pavements. A heat-conducting device is designed to absorb energy from the sun. In order to validate what parameters are critical in the asphalt collector, a finite element model is developed to predict the thermal response of the heat-conducting device compared to the conventional asphalt mixture. Some factors that may affect the asphalt pavement collector are considered, including the coefficient of heat conductivity of the asphalt pavement, the distance between pipes with the medium, water, and the pipe's diameter. Ultimately, the finite element model can provide pavement engineers with an efficient computational tool that can be a guide to the conductive asphalt solar collector's experiment in the laboratory.

  15. Job Insecurity and Financial Distress

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    Giannetti, C.; M. Madia; L. Moretti

    2013-01-01

    This paper investigates the effects of different job categories on households’ likelihood of experiencing financial distress. Given imperfect financial markets and the absence of unemployment subsidies, households with less secure jobs are likely to experience drops in income more frequently than households with well-protected jobs. Households’ abilities to deal with financial decisions (i.e. financial literacy) can mitigate these problems. Our results suggest that greater job insecurity incr...

  16. Unconventional Banking System in Distress

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    Wassim Rajhi; Slim Ahmed Hassairi

    2011-01-01

    AbstractWith the proliferation of banking sector problems around the world, in the last few years the empirical literature on systemic banking crises has grown significantly. This literature has frequently focused attention on the factors connected with the onset of conventional banking distress, in order to identify the determinants of the crises or to look for “early warning indicators” of difficulty. In fact a number of studies have relied on factors determining bank failures related to co...

  17. The acute respiratory distress syndrome

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    Matthay, Michael A; Ware, Lorraine B.; Zimmerman, Guy A.

    2012-01-01

    The acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) is an important cause of acute respiratory failure that is often associated with multiple organ failure. Several clinical disorders can precipitate ARDS, including pneumonia, sepsis, aspiration of gastric contents, and major trauma. Physiologically, ARDS is characterized by increased permeability pulmonary edema, severe arterial hypoxemia, and impaired carbon dioxide excretion. Based on both experimental and clinical studies, progress has been ma...

  18. Incidence of respiratory distress syndrome

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    Objective: To determine the incidence of respiratory distress syndrome (RDS) in hospital born babies. Subjects and Methods: All live born infants delivered at the hospital and who fulfilled the diagnostic criteria of respiratory distress syndrome (RDS) were included in the study. Results: Ninety-four neonates developed RDS. Out of these, 88 (93.61%) were preterm and 06 (6.38%) were term infants. There was a male preponderance (65.95%). RDS was documented in 1.72% of total live births. 37.28% of preterm and 0.11% of term neonates born at the hospital. The incidence of RDS was 100% at 26 or less weeks of gestation, 57.14% at 32 weeks, and 3.70% at 36 weeks. The mortality with RDS was 41 (43.61%). Conclusion: RDS is the commonest cause of respiratory distress in the newborn, particularly, in preterm infants. It carries a high mortality rate and the incidence is more than that documented in the Western world. (author)

  19. Use of Ground Penetrating Radar at the FAA's National Airport Pavement Test Facility

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    Injun, Song

    2015-04-01

    The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in the United States has used a ground-coupled Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) at the National Airport Pavement Test Facility (NAPTF) since 2005. One of the primary objectives of the testing at the facility is to provide full-scale pavement response and failure information for use in airplane landing gear design and configuration studies. During the traffic testing at the facility, a GSSI GPR system was used to develop new procedures for monitoring Hot Mix Asphalt (HMA) pavement density changes that is directly related to pavement failure. After reviewing current setups for data acquisition software and procedures for identifying different pavement layers, dielectric constant and pavement thickness were selected as dominant parameters controlling HMA properties provided by GPR. A new methodology showing HMA density changes in terms of dielectric constant variations, called dielectric sweep test, was developed and applied in full-scale pavement test. The dielectric constant changes were successfully monitored with increasing airplane traffic numbers. The changes were compared to pavement performance data (permanent deformation). The measured dielectric constants based on the known HMA thicknesses were also compared with computed dielectric constants using an equation from ASTM D4748-98 Standard Test Method for Determining the Thickness of Bound Pavement Layers Using Short-Pulse Radar. Six inches diameter cylindrical cores were taken after construction and traffic testing for the HMA layer bulk specific gravity. The measured bulk specific gravity was also compared to monitor HMA density changes caused by aircraft traffic conditions. Additionally this presentation will review the applications of the FAA's ground-coupled GPR on embedded rebar identification in concrete pavement, sewer pipes in soil, and gage identifications in 3D plots.

  20. Modeling of energy dissipation processes in a pavement – vehicle system

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    A.M. Kirillov

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available The law of conservation of energy for a ‘pavement – vehicle’ system manifests itself primarily in the fact that for any temperature and operating conditions of a road asphalt concrete pavement the potential energy of gravity and the kinetic energy of a vehicle are partially transformed upon contact with the road pavement into elastic deformation energy or thermal energy, while a part of the energy dissipates. These types of energy are to some extent transformed into the internal energy of the road pavement, altering its energy balance and causing destructive processes. The initial level of the internal pavement energy changes while the road is used, on the one hand, through regular contributions from vehicles and from solar raditation, and, on the other hand, from compensating for viscoelastic deformation. Understanding these changes will allow to develop new and more efficient methods for monitoring the pavement condition, as well as a scientifically valid system of scheduling the repairs. In this article, we have assessed the level and the significance of the contribution of the work done by the moving vehicles over the pavement, and of the thermal radiation to the internal pavement energy gain. We have constructed a physical and mathematical model of energy dissipation and storage in the ‘pavement – vehicle’ system accounting for viscoelastic deformation and thermal radiation. We have designed an algorithm allowing to determine a scientifically based repair interval for asphalt concrete pavement. It is shown that the maximum plasticity for some ranges of speeds and transport weights may serve as a criterion of the recommended operating conditions of the road.

  1. NOTRA - noise trailer in pavement evolution measurements

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    Sainio, P.

    2003-07-01

    Reduction of noise emission has become more important issue among automotive industry and road construction. There are lot of different means to affect traffic noise by automotive engineering, road construction and maintenance. Perhaps the most effective means can be found during land use planning but practically in most cases a road and the houses already does exists. Changes in the built environment are always compromises and there is demand to have reliable information about the effect of different noise prevention means and their effects. Reduction of noise means new challenges and at the same time gives new business opportunities. Today the major source of traffic noise is tyre-road interaction. Tyre is a trade off between very complex and also emotionally loaded values like safety features, recycling questions, style (fashion) and noise. This offers opportunities to co-operation in research between automotive and road engineers and national road administrations. The full name of the project is {sup E}volution of road surface and noise from tyre-road interaction{sup .} The HUT NOTRA stands for Helsinki University of Technology, Noise Trailer. The part of NOTRA became the name of the trailer itself and so turned to be also the name of the whole project. It is today a registered trade mark for this kind of trailer. This project was under the umbrella of VTT (Technical Research Centre of Finland) coordinated Mobile 2-project by the support of Finnish Road Administration and Nokian Tyres plc.

  2. Numerical modeling of inelastic structures at loading of steady state rolling. Thermo-mechanical asphalt pavement computation

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    Wollny, Ines; Hartung, Felix; Kaliske, Michael

    2016-05-01

    In order to gain a deeper knowledge of the interactions in the coupled tire-pavement-system, e.g. for the future design of durable pavement structures, the paper presents recent results of research in the field of theoretical-numerical asphalt pavement modeling at material and structural level, whereby the focus is on a realistic and numerically efficient computation of pavements under rolling tire load by using the finite element method based on an Arbitrary Lagrangian Eulerian (ALE) formulation. Inelastic material descriptions are included into the ALE frame efficiently by a recently developed unsplit history update procedure. New is also the implementation of a viscoelastic cohesive zone model into the ALE pavement formulation to describe the interaction of the single pavement layers. The viscoelastic cohesive zone model is further extended to account for the normal pressure dependent shear behavior of the bonding layer. Another novelty is that thermo-mechanical effects are taken into account by a coupling of the mechanical ALE pavement computation to a transient thermal computation of the pavement cross-section to obtain the varying temperature distributions of the pavement due to climatic impact. Then, each ALE pavement simulation considers the temperature dependent asphalt material model that includes elastic, viscous and plastic behavior at finite strains and the temperature dependent viscoelastic cohesive zone formulation. The temperature dependent material parameters of the asphalt layers and the interfacial layers are fitted to experimental data. Results of coupled tire-pavement computations are presented to demonstrate potential fields of application.

  3. An Overview Of Pavement Management System For Industrial Areas

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    Hokam, Vivek S.

    2012-03-01

    ACT With the current surge in national economy the industrial traffic has increased many folds in terms of quantity of load and traffic volume. This results in early deterioration of the roads. Also the serviceability reduces hampering the industry's supply of raw material and transport of finished goods. An efficient road transportation system is of vitally important for smooth operations of industrial units. Construction of new roads needs an enormous investment. However, once constructed the road network system requires huge resources to maintain serviceability and to ensure safe passage at an appropriate speed and with low VOC (Vehicle Operating Cost). Road maintenance is therefore an essential function and should be carried out on a timely basis. The cost of providing and maintaining the roads for the industrial areas at an acceptable serviceability level is quite high. It is therefore essential for a transportation engineer to attempt establishing an acceptable pavement condition level from economic, safety and environmental point of view. In today's economic environment of constrained budgets, as the existing road infrastructure has aged, a more systematic approach towards determining maintenance and rehabilitation needs is necessary. The efficient pavement management system shall provide objective information and useful analysis to ensure consistent and cost effective decisions related to preservation of existing industrial road network in healthy condition.

  4. Sustainable Drainage Practices in Spain, Specially Focused on Pervious Pavements

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    Jorge Rodriguez-Hernandez

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available The Spanish climate is full of contrasts, with torrential rains and long droughts; under these conditions, appropriate water management is essential. In Spain, until the end of the twentieth century, water management and legislative development lagged behind other more developed countries. Nowadays, great efforts are being made to reverse this situation and improve both water management and legislation in order to control the two main problems related to stormwater management in cities: floods and diffuse pollution. In this context, Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems (SUDS were developed as the main solution to these problems. The study of these techniques started in the 1970s in the USA, but they were not studied in Spain until 1993 when the University of Cantabria and CLABSA started to look into solutions for stormwater management. After 20 years of research and application, sustainable drainage in Spain is still behind other countries in spite of the efforts to change this situation, notably by the University of Cantabria with 10 years of experience in these techniques, mainly regarding pervious pavements, where more than 13 related research projects have been carried out. The future challenges focus on the application of pervious pavements for Urban Hydrological Rehabilitation.

  5. Finite Element Investigation of the Deterioration of Doweled Rigid Pavements

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    Ghauch, Ziad G

    2011-01-01

    The purpose of this study is to describe the failure of concrete around dowel bars in jointed rigid pavements, and the resulting effect on the pavement performance. In fact, under repetitive vehicle loading, concrete in contact with the dowel bar deteriorates, particularly at the joint face. The degradation of concrete around the dowel negatively affects the latter's performance in terms of transferring wheel loads through vertical shear action. In this context, a nonlinear 3D Finite Element analysis was performed using the commercial FE code Abaqus (v-6.11). The FE model was validated with classical analytical solutions of shear and moment along the dowel. A concrete damaged plasticity model was used for the PCC slab to model the degradation of concrete matrix around the dowels under incremental loading. Results obtained show, among other things, that the degradation of concrete matrix around the dowel was found to initiate at the face of the joint and propagate towards the interior of the dowel. Also, resul...

  6. Respiratory Distress Syndrome and its Complications

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    2013-08-01

    Full Text Available Respiratory distress syndrome in premature babies is one of the most common and most important health problems in newborns. Respiratory distress syndrome of newborn is a syndrome in premature infants caused by developmental insufficiency of surfactant production and structural immaturity in the lungs. Respiratory distress syndrome begins shortly after birth and is manifest by tachypnea, tachycardia, chest wall retractions, expiratory grunting, nasal flaring and cyanosis during breathing efforts. Respiratory distress syndrome or complications caused by respiratory distress syndrome are the most important causes of mortality and morbidity in premature infants. This article briefly reviews respiratory distress syndrome and its complications. [Archives Medical Review Journal 2013; 22(4.000: 615-630

  7. Reducing psychological distress in patients undergoing chemotherapy.

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    Milanti, Ariesta; Metsl, Eija; Hannula, Leena

    2016-02-25

    Psychological distress is a common problem among patients with cancer, yet it mostly goes unreported and untreated. This study examined the association of a psycho-educational intervention with the psychological distress levels of breast cancer and cervical cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy. The design of the study was quasi-experimental, pretest-posttest design with a comparison group. One hundred patients at a cancer hospital in Jakarta, Indonesia, completed Distress Thermometer screening before and after chemotherapy. Fifty patients in the intervention group were given a psycho-educational video with positive reappraisal, education and relaxation contents, while receiving chemotherapy. Patients who received the psycho-educational intervention had significantly lower distress levels compared with those in the control group. Routine distress screening, followed by distress management and outcome assessment, is needed to improve the wellbeing of cancer patients. PMID:26911178

  8. Factors relating to emotional distress after stroke

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    Thomas, Shirley Ann

    2006-01-01

    Emotional distress is common after stroke and has a negative impact on rehabilitation outcome. The aim of this thesis was to identify factors relating to emotional distress after stroke to inform future interventions. This thesis developed a theoretical framework to guide the study of emotional distress and included stroke and demographic characteristics, background information, disability (personal and extended activities of daily living and aphasia) and psychosocial factors (coping, locus o...

  9. Moral Distress in Medical Education and Training

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    Berger, Jeffrey T

    2013-01-01

    Moral distress is the experience of cognitive-emotional dissonance that arises when one feels compelled to act contrary to one’s moral requirements. Moral distress is common, but under-recognized in medical education and training, and this relative inattention may undermine educators’ efforts to promote empathy, ethical practice, and professionalism. Moral distress should be recognized as a feature of the clinical landscape, and addressed in conjunction with the related concerns of negative r...

  10. DISTRESS AND JOB PERFORMANCE OF INDUSTRIAL WORKERS

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    Samanta, C.R.; Singh, Avneesh

    1993-01-01

    SUMMARY The present study aims at the investigation of the relationship between distress and job performance of industrial workers. The sample consisted of 500 workers of public and private sectors. CMI Health Questionnaire and Performance Appraisal Scale (PAS) were used to measure the level of distress and quality of performance at job, respectively. Results showed that physical, menial and overall distress correlated significantly and negatively with workers ′performance as appraised Furthe...

  11. 47 CFR 80.324 - Transmission of distress message by station not itself in distress.

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    ... station not itself in distress. (a) A mobile station or a land station which learns that a mobile station... has not been acknowledged. When a mobile station transmits such a distress message, it must notify...

  12. Assessing artificial neural network performance in estimating the layer properties of pavements

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    Gloria Inés Beltran

    2014-07-01

    Full Text Available A major concern in assessing the structural condition of existing flexible pavements is the estimation of the mechanical properties of constituent layers, which is useful for the design and decision-making process in road management systems. This parameter identification problem is truly complex due to the large number of variables involved in pavement behavior. To this end, non-conventional adaptive or approximate solutions via Artificial Neural Networks – ANNs – are considered to properly map pavement response field measurements. Previous investigations have demonstrated the exceptional ability of ANNs in layer moduli estimation from non-destructive deflection tests, but most of the reported cases were developed using synthetic deflection data or hypothetical pavement systems. This paper presents further attempts to back-calculate layer moduli via ANN modeling, using a database gathered from field tests performed on three- and four-layer pavement systems. Traditional layer structuring and pavements with a stabilized subbase were considered. A three-stage methodology is developed in this study to design and validate an “optimum” ANN-based model, i.e., the best architecture possible along with adequate learning rules. An assessment of the resulting ANN model demonstrates its forecasting capabilities and efficiency in solving a complex parameter identification problem concerning pavements.

  13. Sustainable Development Factors in Pavement Life-Cycle: Highway/Airport Review

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    Peyman Babashamsi

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available Sustainability has gained as much importance as management in business. Sustainable pavement development as a business practice should involve making evaluations according to the triple bottom line in the pavement life-cycle. Despite the current approaches to evaluating the social as well as economic and environmental feasibility of pavement projects (involving highway and airport infrastructure, there has recently been a lack of consensus on a methodology to guarantee sustainability upon assessment and analysis during the pavement life-cycle. As sustainability is a complex issue, this study intends to further explore sustainability and elaborate on its meaning. The second step involves a general depiction of the major sustainability appraisal tools, namely cost-benefit analysis, life-cycle cost analysis, life-cycle assessment, multi-criteria decision-making, environmental impact assessment and social life-cycle assessment, and an explanation of their cons and pros. Subsequently, the article addresses the application of an organized methodology to highlight the main factors or concepts that should be applied in sustainable pavement development and, more specifically, in sustainable pavement management. In the final step, research recommendations toward sustainability are given. This study is aimed to assist decision-makers in pavement management to plan sustainability frameworks in accordance with probable boundaries and restrictions.

  14. Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Asphalt Pavement Construction: A Case Study in China

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    Ma, Feng; Sha, Aimin; Lin, Ruiyu; Huang, Yue; Wang, Chao

    2016-01-01

    In China, the construction of asphalt pavement has a significant impact on the environment, and energy use and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from asphalt pavement construction have been receiving increasing attention in recent years. At present, there is no universal criterion for the evaluation of GHG emissions in asphalt pavement construction. This paper proposes to define the system boundaries for GHG emissions from asphalt pavement by using a process-based life cycle assessment method. A method for evaluating GHG emissions from asphalt pavement construction is suggested. The paper reports a case study of GHG emissions from a typical asphalt pavement construction project in China. The results show that the greenhouse gas emissions from the mixture mixing phase are the highest, and account for about 54% of the total amount. The second highest GHG emission phase is the production of raw materials. For GHG emissions of cement stabilized base/subbase, the production of raw materials emits the most, about 98%. The GHG emission for cement production alone is about 92%. The results indicate that any measures to reduce GHG emissions from asphalt pavement construction should be focused on the raw materials manufacturing stage. If the raw materials production phase is excluded, the measures to reduce GHG emissions should be aimed at the mixture mixing phase. PMID:27011196

  15. Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Asphalt Pavement Construction: A Case Study in China.

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    Ma, Feng; Sha, Aimin; Lin, Ruiyu; Huang, Yue; Wang, Chao

    2016-01-01

    In China, the construction of asphalt pavement has a significant impact on the environment, and energy use and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from asphalt pavement construction have been receiving increasing attention in recent years. At present, there is no universal criterion for the evaluation of GHG emissions in asphalt pavement construction. This paper proposes to define the system boundaries for GHG emissions from asphalt pavement by using a process-based life cycle assessment method. A method for evaluating GHG emissions from asphalt pavement construction is suggested. The paper reports a case study of GHG emissions from a typical asphalt pavement construction project in China. The results show that the greenhouse gas emissions from the mixture mixing phase are the highest, and account for about 54% of the total amount. The second highest GHG emission phase is the production of raw materials. For GHG emissions of cement stabilized base/subbase, the production of raw materials emits the most, about 98%. The GHG emission for cement production alone is about 92%. The results indicate that any measures to reduce GHG emissions from asphalt pavement construction should be focused on the raw materials manufacturing stage. If the raw materials production phase is excluded, the measures to reduce GHG emissions should be aimed at the mixture mixing phase. PMID:27011196

  16. Financial Distress Comparison Across Three Global Regions

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    Harlan D. Platt

    2008-12-01

    Full Text Available Globalization has precipitated movement of output and employment between regions. We examine factors related to corporate financial distress across three continents. Using a multidimensional definition of financial distress we test three hypotheses to explain financial distress using historical financial data. A null hypothesis of a single global model was rejected in favor of a fully relaxed model which created individual financial distress models for each region. This result suggests that despite other indications of worldwide convergence, international differences in accounting rules, lending practices, managements skill levels, and legal requirements among others has kept corporate decline from becoming commoditized.

  17. The Comparative Study of Gray Model and Markov Model in Pavement Performance Prediction

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    YANG Xiaoye

    2015-05-01

    Full Text Available Pavement performance prediction is an essential component of pavement maintenance management system, which directly affects the choice of maintenance measures and funds. Firstly, this paper uses the Gray theoretical model to predict the status of certain highway pavement damaged. Secondly, the Grey theory and Markov prediction method are combined to forecast it. Finally, the comparison of the results between Grey theory and Markov prediction method analyzes the similarities and differences .The results show that Grey theoretical model is more suitable for recent forecasting, while combination method is suitable for longer-term forecasting.

  18. 3-D cohesive finite element model for application in structural analysis of heavy duty composite pavements

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    Skar, Asmus; Poulsen, Peter Noe

    2015-01-01

    paper presents a numerical analysis of the fracture behaviour of cement bound granular mixtures in composite concrete block pavement systems applying a cohesive model. The functionality of the proposed model is compared to experimental investigations of beam bending tests. The pavement is modelled as a...... can be shown that adequately good prediction of the structural response of composite pavements is obtained for monotonic loading without significant computational cost, making the model applicable for engineering design purpose. It is envisaged that the methodology implemented in this study can be...

  19. A method for assessing the physical recovery of Antarctic desert pavements following human-induced disturbances: a case study in the Ross Sea region of Antarctica.

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    O'Neill, Tanya A; Balks, Megan R; López-Martínez, Jerónimo; McWhirter, Judi L

    2012-12-15

    With increasing visitor numbers an understanding of the impacts of human activities in Antarctic terrestrial environments has become important. The objective of this study was to develop a means for assessing recovery of the ground surface desert pavement following physical disturbance. A set of 11 criteria were identified to assess desert pavement recovery. Assessed criteria were: embeddedness of surface clasts; impressions of removed clasts; degree of clast surface weathering; % overturned clasts; salt on underside of clasts; development of salt coatings; armouring per m(2); colour contrast; evidence of subsidence/melt out; accumulation of salt on cut surfaces; and evidence of patterned ground development. Recovery criteria were assigned a severity/extent rating on a scale from zero to four, zero being highly disturbed, and four being undisturbed. A relative % recovery for each criteria was calculated for each site by comparison with a nearby undisturbed control area, and an overall Mean Recovery Index (MRI) was assigned to each pavement surface. To test the method, 54 sites in the Ross Sea region of Antarctica were investigated including areas disturbed by: bulldozer scraping for road-fill, contouring for infrastructure, geotechnical investigations, and experimental treading trial sites. Disturbances had occurred at timescales ranging from one week to 50 years prior to assessment. The extent of desert pavement recovery at the sites investigated in this study was higher than anticipated. Fifty of the 54 sites investigated were in an intermediate, or higher, stage of desert pavement recovery, 30 sites were in an advanced stage of recovery, and four sites were indistinguishable from adjacent control sites (MRI = 100%). It was found that active surfaces, such as the gravel beach deposits at the Greenpeace World Park Base site at Cape Evans, the aeolian sand deposits at Bull Pass, and the alluvial fan deposits of the Loop Moraine field campsite, recovered relatively quickly, whereas less active sites, such as the bulldozed tracks at Marble Point, and Williams Field to McMurdo Station pipeline site on Ross Island, showed only intermediate recovery 20-30 years after disturbance. The slabby grano-diorite surface material at the former Vanda Station site, meant that the impacts that had occurred were hard to detect following decommissioning of the station and site remediation. Desert pavements disturbed by randomly dispersed footprints, temporary field campsites at the Loop Moraine and VXE6 Pond in the Wright Valley, recovered to be undetectable (MRI = 100%) within five years, whereas track formation from repeated trampling, particularly the concentration of larger clasts along the margin of a confined track, persisted for over 15 years (MRI = 82%). The recovery assessment method developed in this study has environmental management applications and potential to advance our ability to predict the recovery of desert pavement following human impacts from activities in Antarctica. PMID:23000478

  20. 47 CFR 80.1115 - Transmission of a distress alert by a station not itself in distress.

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    2010-10-01

    ... of a distress alert by a station not itself in distress. (a) A station in the mobile or mobile-satellite service which learns that a mobile unit is in distress must initiate and transmit a distress alert relay in any of the following cases: (1) When the mobile unit in distress is not itself in a position...

  1. Escurrimiento en pavimentos de bloques de suelo-cemento: un abordaje experimental / Runoff on Pavements of Soil-Cement Blocks - an Experimental Boarding

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    Jorge Luis, Zegarra-Tarqui; Jeferson, Santos-De Brito; Miriam, De Ftima-Carvalho.

    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available El artculo evala la reduccin del escurrimiento superficial en pavimentos construidos con bloques rectangulares de suelo-cemento. Los ensayos fueron realizados en un pavimento piloto con bloques de suelo-cemento, asentados en una caja metlica de 50 cm 50 cm (rea = 2500 cm), con pendientes de [...] 1, 3 y 5%. Se utilizaron intensidades medias de 76.9 mm/h y 117.7 mm/h, valores prximos a las intensidades calculadas por la curva intensidad-duracin-frecuencia (i-d-f) de la ciudad del Salvador, Brasil, para tiempo de retorno de 2 y 5 aos, respectivamente. El coeficiente de escurrimiento medio fue C = 0.61, este valor es cercano al coeficiente de pavimento con bloques rectangulares (C = 0.6) y es inferior al valor del coeficiente de pavimento de bloque de concreto (C = 0.78). Por otro lado, si consideramos que las reas mayores que 2500 cm son compuestas por el acoplamiento de unidades de rea de 50 50 centmetros, entonces, las prdidas por salpicamiento forman parte del escurrimiento superficial, obteniendo el coeficiente Csuperficial+salpicamiento, el cual present valores en la faja de 0.74 a 0.89; estos valores se encuentran cerca del coeficiente de pavimento de bloque de cemento (C = 0.78) y son inferiores al de pavimento de concreto (C = 0.95), pero considerando factores como tiempo de desplazamiento del escurrimiento sobre la superficie, depresiones en la superficie, evaporacin y rugosidad del pavimento, entre otros, este valor debe disminuir. Entonces, el pavimento de bloques de suelo-cemento puede considerarse dentro de la categora de semipermeable para las dimensiones de rea utilizadas. Abstract in english The article evaluates the reduction of runoff in pavements constructed with rectangular blocks of soil-cement. The tests were conducted in a pilot pavement built with soil-cement blocks, seated in a metal box of 50 cm 50 cm (area = 2500 cm), with declivities of 1%, 3% and 5%. Mean intensities of [...] 76.9 mm / I 117.7 mm / h were used, values close to the intensities calculated by intensity-frequency-duration (i-f-d) equation of the city of Salvador, Brazil, for return periods of 2 and 5 years, respectively. The medium runoff coefficient was C = 0.61, this value is close to the coefficient of pavement with rectangular blocks (C = 0.6) and it has a lower value than the coefficient for concrete block pavement (C = 0.78). On the other hand, considering that areas with more than 2500 cm are constituted by coupling of area units of 50 cm 50 cm, the splash losses are part of the runoff, obtaining the coefficient Csuperficial + splashing, which showed values in the 0.74 to 0.89 range, these values were found close to the coefficient of concrete block pavement (C = 0.78) and below the concrete pavement (C = 0.95), respectively, but factors such as displacement time of runoff on surface, depressions on the surface, roughness of pavement, evaporation and others, should reduce this value. Then, the pavement of soil-cement blocks can be considered in the category of semi-permeable for the area size used.

  2. 46 CFR 169.553 - Pyrotechnic distress signals.

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    ... Lifesaving and Firefighting Equipment Additional Lifesaving Equipment 169.553 Pyrotechnic distress signals... signals: (1) 6 hand red flare distress signals, and 6 hand orange smoke distress signals; or, (2) 12...

  3. Study of Sand Characteristics as Bearing and Filler in Joint of Inter-locking Concrete Block Pavement

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    Rosli Hainin

    2009-09-01

    Full Text Available The use of interlocking concrete block pavement as a road surface has increased in the road constructionrecently. This study was conducted to envisage the problems occur particularly for the bedding and joint filling sand of the interlocking concrete block pavement. Moreover, the effect of the moisture on the bedding sandwas also studied. Two type of additives namely as palm oil fly ash (POFA and silica fume, which carry thepozzolanic behaviour, were mixed with joint filling sand in order to improve its quality. These materials areindustrial waste compound which can be easily found in Malaysia. Two types of permeability experiments,the constant and falling head tests were conducted to evaluate the permeability of the joint filling sands withthe percentage additives used of 2%, 4%, 6%, 8% and 10%. A physical model was developed to investigatethe degree of compaction and water absorption via sand in joints. Water absorption test was also conductedonto the model with the addition of additives of 0%, 5% and 10% with the joint filling sand for 5 and 10days. Study shown that the incorporation of additives reduced the permeability of joint filling sand withthe optimum values obtained for both POFA and silica fume mixtures both were at 2% respectively.

  4. Screening for distress in cancer patients

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    Grassi, Luigi; Johansen, Christoffer; Annunziata, Maria Antonietta; Capovilla, Eleonora; Costantini, Anna; Gritti, Paolo; Torta, Riccardo; Bellani, Marco; Group, Italian Society of Psycho-Oncology Distress Thermometer Study

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    Routine screening for distress is internationally recommended as a necessary standard for good cancer care, given its high prevalence and negative consequences on quality of life. The objective of the current study was to contribute to the Italian validation of the Distress Thermometer (DT) to de...

  5. Psychological Distress Among Young Norwegian Health Professionals

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    Per Nerdrum

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available In this study, we present longitudinal data on psychological distress among 169 young Norwegian health professionals. Psychological distress was measured at the end of their studies, and three years later on, when being professional nurses, physiotherapists and occupational therapists. Psychological distress was assessed by applying the 12-item version of the General Health Questionnaire (GHQ 12. Twenty-seven percent of the nursing students scored higher than the GHQ 12 case score at the end of the study, but as nurses, they became significantly less distressed three years later (13 percent. The other two professions showed relatively small and non-significant reductions in psychological distress during the first three years as a professional. Hierarchical multiple analyses showed that the level of psychological distress when finishing the study, the young professionals’ experience of personal support from colleagues, the experience of work-home conflicts and the experience of methodological coping at work were significant predictors of psychological distress three years after working as young health professionals. These four predictors explained together 29 percent in the variance in GHQ 12 three years after graduation. Belonging to any of the three professions did not contribute to the explained variance in psychological distress three years after graduation.

  6. Innovative low noise surfaces : comparison of damping and absorption

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    Freitas, Elisabete F., ed. lit.; Rodrigues, Jos Dias; Rocha, Jorge de Arajo; Silva, Hugo Manuel Ribeiro Dias da

    2014-01-01

    While sound absorption is an acoustic related property reasonably well known and currently used to characterize low noise surfaces, damping is a property commonly used in other domains to define the energy dissipation of a material but rarely used to characterize this important mechanism in road pavements. This paper compares noise related properties such as damping and absorption of five road pavement surfaces. Two of which are innovative and therefore expected to be low noise since they hav...

  7. Stress Analysis and Determination of Effective k-value for Rigid Pavement

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    Kundan Meshram

    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available EverFE is a user-friendly 3D finite-element analysis tool for simulating the response of jointed plain concrete pavement (JPCP systems to axle loads and environmental effects. EverFE is useful for both concrete pavement researchers and designers who must perform either complex nonlinear or simple linear stress analyses of JPCP.With help of this develop any type of model of rigid pavement considering practical condition thus getting more accurate and advance analysis for rigid pavement. It can also determine effective k-values for different combination of granular sub-base and dry lean concrete. A comparative study is done for two types of loading i.e. single and tandem axle. Edge and Corner stresses are also calculated for Class-AA of loading. Also calculate moment and shear force transfer by dowel bar by EverFE.

  8. Contributions of performance-graded asphalt to low temperature cracking resistance of pavements. Final report

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    Loh, S.W.; Olek, J.

    1999-05-01

    The purpose of this research was to study and evaluate the role that asphalt cracking. As part of the Strategic Highway Research Program (SHRP) new specifications for asphalt binders were developed that are based on the performance of the material. The asphalt binder graded and specified according to these new performance-based specifications is called PG binder. These new specifications are commonly referred to as Superpave (Superior Performing Asphalt Pavement) binder specifications. A section of Interstate 64 in southern Indiana was experiencing severe low temperature cracking before it was reconstructed over the summers of 1995 and 1996. The binder used in the new pavement mixes was PG material. Dynamic Shear Rheometer (DSR) tests, Bending Beam Rheometer (BBR) tests, and viscosity tests were performed on this binder. Comparisons were made between test results obtained from the binders in the old pavement and the new pavement. All tests and comparisons were based on the Superpave binder specifications.

  9. The Comparison of Measured and Simulated Dynamic Responses of Vehicles Indicated by Road Pavement Unevenness

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    Decký Martin

    2015-05-01

    Full Text Available The article presents the comparison of measured and simulated dynamic responses of heavy vehicle which are indicated by road pavement unevenness. This unevenness was represented by speed control bumps, potholes and stochastic pavement unevenness. The objective simulations were realized through the medium Quarter- Car Simulation by means of application of simulated theory of dynamic systems. The reliability of used model was verificated with comparison of measured and simulated values of sprung mass T815 vehicle accelerations. In the article, there are presented courses of total vertical forces of Quarter-Car Simulation for the first, the second and the fourth classification degree of unevenness, which was considered through the world's respected parameter IRI (International Roughness Index. Obtained simulated dynamic effects of the vehicle on the pavement were used for modification of a relevant Slovak design method of asphalt pavements.

  10. Integration and road tests of a self-sensing CNT concrete pavement system for traffic detection

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    In this paper, a self-sensing carbon nanotube (CNT) concrete pavement system for traffic detection is proposed and tested in a roadway. Pre-cast and cast-in-place self-sensing CNT concrete sensors were simultaneously integrated into a controlled pavement test section at the Minnesota Road Research Facility (MnROAD), USA. Road tests of the system were conducted by using an MnROAD five-axle semi-trailer tractor truck and a van, respectively, both in the winter and summer. Test results show that the proposed self-sensing pavement system can accurately detect the passing of different vehicles under different vehicular speeds and test environments. These findings indicate that the developed self-sensing CNT concrete pavement system can achieve real-time vehicle flow detection with a high detection rate and a low false-alarm rate. (paper)

  11. Development of Knowledge-Based Expert System for Flexible Pavement Design

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    Deprizon

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available In this study, the knowledge-based expert system approach was used to design a programmer using shell expert system of KAPPA PC Version 2.4 that is object oriented and displaying higher graphic resolutions. The flexible pavement design based on the accumulation of knowledge from several experts, books and journals results in a modular approach. Normally, the process of flexible pavement design is done by experts. The process was computerized and apply artificial intelligent that is a new technology in providing a system that can design and give the suggestion for user to choices the best and economy of the thickness of pavement layers. The expert system was tested using several design calculation samples. From the test, the success is 100% for pavement design. The expert system has revealed satisfactorily findings in a faster layers design.

  12. Reinforcement of asphalt concrete pavement by segments of exhausted fiber used for sorption of oil spill

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    Lukashevich, V. N.; Efanov, I. N.

    2015-01-01

    The paper is aimed at construction of the experimental road pavement made of dispersed reinforced asphalt concrete. Electronic paramagnetic resonance, infrared spectroscopy and fluorescent bitumen studies were used to prove that disperse reinforcement of asphalt concrete mixtures with fibers of exhausted sorbents reduce the selective filtration of low polymeric fractions of petroleum bitumen and improve its properties in the adsorption layer. Sesquioxides are neutralized as catalysts aging asphalt binder. This leads to improvement in the elasticity of bitumen films at low temperatures and provide better crack resistance of coatings to reduce the intensity of the aging of asphalt binder, and, therefore, to increase the durability of road pavements. The experimental road pavement made of dispersed reinforced asphalt concrete operated during 4 years and demonstrated better transport- performance properties in comparison with the analogue pavements.

  13. Performance Prediction of the NCAT Test Track Pavements Using Mechanistic Models

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    LaCroix, Andrew Thomas

    In the pavement industry in the United States of America, there is an increasing desire to improve the pavement construction quality and life for new and rehabilitated pavements. In order to improve the quality of the pavements, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has pursued a performance-related specification (PRS) for over 20 years. The goal of PRS is to provide material and construction (M/C) properties that correlate well with pavement performance. In order to improve upon the PRS projects developed in WesTrack (NCHRP 9-20) and the MEPDG-based PRS (NCHRP 9-22), a set of PRS tests and models are proposed to provide a critical link between pavement performance and M/C properties. The PRS testing is done using the asphalt mixture performance tester (AMPT). The proposed PRS focuses on rutting and fatigue cracking of asphalt mixtures. The mixtures are characterized for their stiffness, fatigue behavior, and rutting resistance using a dynamic modulus (|E*|) test, a fatigue test, and a triaxial stress sweep (TSS) test, respectively. Information from the fatigue test characterizes the simplified viscoelastic continuum damage (S-VECD) model. Once the stiffness is reduced to a certain level, the material develops macro-cracks and fails. The TSS test is used to characterize a viscoplastic (VP) model. The VP model allows the prediction of the rut depth beneath the center of the wheel. The VECD and VP models are used within a layered viscoelastic (LVE) pavement model to predict fatigue and rutting performance of pavements. The PRS is evaluated by comparing the predictions to the field performance at the NCAT pavement test track in Opelika, Alabama. The test track sections evaluated are part of the 2009 test cycle group experiment, which focused on WMA, high RAP (50%), and a combination of both. The fatigue evaluation shows that all sections would last at least 18 years at the same traffic rate. The sections do not show any cracking, suggesting the sections are well-built and a long life is possible. The rutting in the test track is also predicted. All the predicted rut depths are 2-4 mm higher than measured in the field, but the overall ranking of different pavement sections matches the ranking in the field quite well. Conclusions and recommendations for future research are drawn from the observations made from experimental results as well as performance prediction of NCAT pavement sections.

  14. Modelling of composite concrete block pavement systems applying a cohesive zone model

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    Skar, Asmus; Poulsen, Peter Noe

    2015-01-01

    This paper presents a numerical analysis of the fracture behaviour of the cement bound base material in composite concrete block pavement systems, using a cohesive zone model. The functionality of the proposed model is tested on experimental and numerical investigations of beam bending tests. The pavement is modelled as a simple slab on grade structure and parameters influencing the response, such as analysis technique, geometry and material parameters are studied. Moreover, the analysis is e...

  15. Towards a Uniform Fracture Mechanics-Based Framework for Flexible Pavement Design

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    Das, Prabir

    2009-01-01

    Cracking is an important potential failure mechanism for pavement structures. By combining a strain energy-based fracture criterion with conventional fracture mechanics based on the Energy Ratio (ER) concept, crack growth in asphalt can be investigated, and a low temperature Thermal Cracking model (TCMODEL) can be introduced. This thesis presents the implementation of the Florida cracking model into a Mechanistic-Empirical (ME) flexible pavement design framework. An improved analysis procedur...

  16. Evaluation of Runway Pavement Design Software and Application of Modified Asphalt Overlay on Airfields

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    M. Reza Yavari; Ardalan Balali

    2015-01-01

    Different software has been offered by aviation administrations and investigation institutions to facilitate runway pavement designs. In this paper, four generic runway design software including LEDFAA 1.3, PCASE 2.09, FAARFIELD 1.305 and TKUAPAV were aimed. Hereon, communal layer structures with particular characteristics along with a sample airport containing wide-body commercial and military aircrafts were introduced to each software and the thickness of the pavement was obtain...

  17. Development Of A Pavement Condition Assessment Method For The Interstate Highway System

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    Simpson, A.; Groeger, J.; Rada, Gonzalo R.; Guerre, J

    2012-01-01

    As part of a project conducted by the United States Department of Transportation (US DOT) Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), methods are being developed to assess infrastructure condition and health with a focus on pavements on the Interstate Highway System. The project scope includes development of prototype tools to provide FHWA and State DOTs ready access to key information on pavement and bridge performance based on these methods for assessing condition and health. These tools are des...

  18. Infrastructure Pavement Assessment & Management Applications Enabled by the Connected Vehicles Environment – Proof-of-Concept

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    Flintsch, Gerardo; Smith, Brian

    2015-01-01

    The objective of this project was to develop prototypes and conduct a field test of system level applications of a connected vehicle pavement condition measurement system. This allowed the research team to: (1) investigate different approaches to a connected vehicle pavement measurement system; and (2) determine the optimum procedures for collecting, processing, aggregating, and storing the data to support engineering and management decisions. The study found that roughness measures obtain...

  19. Modelling of Mechanical Properties of Cement Concrete Incorporating Reclaimed Asphalt Pavement

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    MATHIAS, Vincent; Sedran, Thierry; De Larrard, François

    2009-01-01

    In many countries there is a trend to recycle wastes obtained during pavement maintenance or reconstruction, and to forbid the landfill of these products. Thus, in some circumstances it can be tempting to use reclaimed asphalt pavement (RAP) in new hydraulic concrete mixtures. This paper presents experimental data and modelling about the effect of RAP incorporation on cement concrete mechanical properties (compressive strength, tensile strengths and E-modulus). All these properties tend to de...

  20. Investigating In Situ Properties of Recycled Asphalt Pavement with Foamed Asphalt as Base Stabilizer

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    Antonis Kaltsounis; Vasilis Papavasiliou; Andreas Loizos; Christina Plati

    2010-01-01

    The objective of the present study was to conduct a comprehensive field experiment for the in situ assessment of in-depth recycled asphalt pavement using foamed asphalt as a stabilization treatment for base works. For this purpose Nondestructive Testing (NDT) data collected using the Falling Weight Deflectometer (FWD) and Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) along a foamed asphalt recycled pavement section was thoroughly analysed. Critical issues including the stabilized material curing and the con...

  1. Research on the relationship between water stability and aggregate gradation of asphalt pavement

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    Zhao Bing; Zhao Bo

    2015-01-01

    In the early destruction of asphalt pavement, water damage is the most major form.In this paper, experimental study was conducted on the composition of asphalt concrete,Marshall specimens were made in different types of aggregate gradation with the same kind of asphalt. Water immersion tests were conducted in order to analysis the relationship between the water stability and aggregate gradation of asphalt pavement.

  2. Influence of Subsoil Conditionson the Design and Performance of Flexible Pavements

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    Yesuf, Girum Yimer

    2014-01-01

    The effect of subsoil conditions is one of the prominent factors that control both the design and performance of flexible pavement structures. Despite having a wide range of empirical methods from measurements and experience, the quantification of the short-term and long-term physical processes of geo-materials in roads is not yet fully understood. Particularly, subgrade soils have not got the required attention in the characterization of pavement materials although they are known as the fou...

  3. Test of Microstructur Permeable Asphalt Pavement Used Domato Stone (Quarsite Dolomite As Course Agregate for Surface Layer of Road Pavement

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    Firdaus Chairuddin

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available The experiment works was dividing into two phases, for phase one was developed to investigate the properties of aggregates and straight asphalt qualities. The experiment work for phase two was developed to design the porous asphalt mix. In this phase Japan’s method and Binamarga’s method was used to define optimum asphalt content. In this phase, has result cantabro loss weight 77.10 for asphalt quality 3% and loss weight 9.70 for asphalt quality 5%. asphalt flow down, air void and density values. The experiment work for phase two was developed to investigate the qualities of porous asphalt. In this phase, wheel tracking machine test was used to investigate the dynamic stability of mixes.

  4. Test of Microstructur Permeable Asphalt Pavement Used Domato Stone (Quarsite Dolomite) As Course Agregate for Surface Layer of Road Pavement

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    Firdaus Chairuddin; Wihardi Tjaronge

    2014-01-01

    The experiment works was dividing into two phases, for phase one was developed to investigate the properties of aggregates and straight asphalt qualities. The experiment work for phase two was developed to design the porous asphalt mix. In this phase Japan’s method and Binamarga’s method was used to define optimum asphalt content. In this phase, has result cantabro loss weight 77.10 for asphalt quality 3% and loss weight 9.70 for asphalt quality 5%. asphalt flow down, air void ...

  5. Medway Tunnel Road Pavement Survey Using Different Frequency GPR Antenna Systems - A Case Study

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    Alani, Morteza Amir; Banks, Kevin

    2015-04-01

    This presentation reports on an extensive survey carried out on a section (just outside the westbound end of the tunnel portal) of the Medway Tunnel in North Kent, UK. The Medway Tunnel provides a dual carriageway road crossing under the River Medway between Chatham and Strood. It is 725 metres long from portal to portal and consists of three sections. The appearance of repeated cracking of the road surface in this particular section of the tunnel suggested either a steady movement of the ground or possible undermining due to an underground watercourse. Ironically, the design and construction of the road had been realised to prevent any form of structural movement. It was deemed necessary to perform a Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) survey in order to confirm underground construction details of the road in this section of the tunnel. This presentation reports on the detailed survey and the challenges encountered during the operation, which utilised four different frequency GPR systems including 2GHz, 900MHz, 600MHz and 200MHz antennas. The presentation will also describe how decisions were made to carry out supplementary surveys based on results obtained on-site (via primary data processing) and observations made during the survey. A summary of results will be presented individually for each antenna system used, as well as comparisons between each antenna system. Results will then be mapped against the design drawings available for confirmation of construction configurations. In conclusion, the presentation will demonstrate that the tunnel road pavement is not constructed as per the information provided (design drawings). Results will clearly indicate that there is no second reinforced concrete layer present in this particular section of the road pavement (contrary to what was originally believed) and will present the actual road construction in comparison with the design drawings. The results will confirm that there is no underground watercourse present in this particular section of the tunnel (at 2-3 m depth). However, it will confirm the presence of an unknown feature at a depth of 1.2m below road surface. Acknowledgement The authors would like to acknowledge the support of the COST Action TU1208 project, as well as Medway City Council's immense support in terms of expert workforce and road survey equipment in materialising this work.

  6. Organ sales and moral distress.

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    Rivera-Lopez, Eduardo

    2006-01-01

    The possibility that organ sales by living adults might be made legal is morally distressing to many of us. However, powerful arguments have been provided recently supporting legalisation (I consider two of those arguments: the Consequentialist Argument and the Autonomy Argument). Is our instinctive reaction against a market of organs irrational then? The aim of this paper is not to prove that legalization would be immoral, all things considered, but rather to show, first, that there are some kinds of arguments, offered in favour of legalisation, that are, in an important sense, illegitimate, and second, that even if legalisation might not be wrong all things considered, there are good reasons for our negative moral intuitions. Moreover, identifying these reasons will help highlight some features of moral decisions in non-ideal situations, which in turn might be relevant to some other moral or policy choices. PMID:16683325

  7. Psychological Distress and Problem Drinking.

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    Mentzakis, Emmanouil; Roberts, Bayard; Suhrcke, Marc; McKee, Martin

    2016-03-01

    We examine the influence of harmful alcohol use on mental health using a flexible two-step instrumental variables approach and household survey data from nine countries of the former Soviet Union. Using alcohol advertisements to instrument for alcohol, we show that problem drinking has a large detrimental effect on psychological distress, with problem drinkers exhibiting a 42% increase in the number of mental health problems reported and a 15% higher chance of reporting very poor mental health. Ignoring endogeneity leads to an underestimation of the damaging effect of excessive drinking. Findings suggest that more effective alcohol polices and treatment services in the former Soviet Union may have added benefits in terms of reducing poor mental health. Copyright © 2015 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. PMID:25640167

  8. Desempeño de pavimentos estabilizado con asfalto espumado en una prueba de pavimentos a escala real y carga acelerada Performance of foamed bitumen pavements in accelerated testing facility

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    Alvaro Gonzalez

    2012-08-01

    Full Text Available Uno de los objetivos claves de la gestión de pavimentos es desarrollar e implementar una estrategia de construcción y mantenimiento rentables, con el fin de alcanzar niveles requeridos de servicio y desempeño. Una técnica rentable y sustentable para la rehabilitación de pavimentos es la de estabilización o reciclado con asfalto espumado (AE. Este artículo presenta un estudio sobre el desempeño de pavimentos estabilizados con asfalto espumado en el Canterbury Accelerated Pavement Testing Indoor Facility CAPTIF. CAPTIF es un laboratorio a escala real para pavimentos ubicado en Nueva Zelandia, que permite aplicar un gran número de cargas de tráfico en un breve período de tiempo. Seis secciones de pavimentos con distintos contenidos de asfalto y cemento fueron ensayadas en CAPTIF. Los resultados del experimento mostraron que las deflexiones disminuyen en las secciones con mayor contenido de asfalto espumado. Luego de aplicar más de un millón de ciclos de carga, las secciones estabilizadas sólo con cemento, sólo con asfalto y la sección sin estabilizar mostraron un deterioro significativo en forma de ahuellamiento. Por otro lado, las secciones que fueron estabilizadas con AE y cemento mostraron un buen desempeño, demostrando que el cemento y el AE juntos mejoran significativamente el desempeño del pavimento. Los resultados de ahuellamiento fueron empleados para desarrollar modelos y describir el deterioro estable y acelerado de los pavimentos en estudio, lo que puede ser utilizado para una mejor gestión de los pavimentos estabilizados con asfalto espumado.One of the key principal goals of pavement asset management is to develop and implement cost-effective pavement construction and maintenance strategies that achieve the required levels of service and performance. A sustainable, cost-effective technique for rehabilitating pavements is foamed bitumen stabilization. This paper presents a study on the performance of foamed bitumen pavements tested in the Canterbury Accelerated Pavement Testing indoor Facility (CAPTiF, for full scale testing of pavements. Six pavement sections were tested; the variables were bitumen and cement content; one control section with the untreated unbound material was tested. Results showed that surface deflections decreased at sections with higher bitumen contents. After the application of 5,710,000 Equivalent Standard Axles (ESAs, the sections stabilised with cement only, bitumen only, and the control section all showed large amounts of rutting. Conversely, little rutting was observed in the three sections stabilised with foamed bitumen and 1.0% cement, showing that cement and FB together significantly improve pavement performance. The rutting results were used to develop models to describe the stable and unstable performance of the tested pavements. The paper concludes by outlining some of the practical benefits of utilising this technology in pavement asset management.

  9. Greenhouse gas emissions of alternative pavement designs: framework development and illustrative application.

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    Liu, Xiaoyu; Cui, Qingbin; Schwartz, Charles

    2014-01-01

    Pavement rehabilitation is carbon intensive and the choice of pavement type is a critical factor in controlling greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The existing body of knowledge is not able to support decision-making on pavement choice due to a lack of consensus on the system boundaries, the functional units and the estimation periods. Excessive data requirements further inhibit the generalization of the existing methodologies for design evaluation at the early planning stage. This study proposes a practical life-cycle GHG estimation approach, which is arguably effective to benchmark pavement emissions given project bid tabulation. A set of case studies conducted for this study suggest that recycled asphalt pavement (e.g., foam stabilized base (FSB), and warm mix asphalt (WMA)) would prevent up to 50% of GHGs from the initial construction phase. However, from a life-cycle perspective, pavement emissions are dictated largely by the traffic characteristics and the analysis period for the use phase. The benefits from using recycled materials (e.g., FSB) are likely to diminish if the recycled products do not perform as well as those properly proportioned with less recycled materials, or if the recycled materials are locally unavailable. When the AADT reaches 10,000, use phase releases more than 97% of the life cycle emissions and the emissions difference among alternative designs will be within 1%. PMID:24333742

  10. Continuous monitoring of mining induced strain in a road pavement using fibre Bragg grating sensors

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    Whelan, B. E.; Brunton, M.; Nosenzo, Giorgio; Kay, Daryl; Buys, Henk

    2012-02-01

    This paper describes the application of Fibre Bragg Grating (FBG) based sensors for monitoring road pavement strains caused by mining induced ground subsidence as a result of underground longwall coal mining beneath a major highway in New South Wales, Australia. After a lengthy planning period, the risks to the highway pavement were successfully managed by the highway authority and the mining company through a technical committee. The technical committee comprised representatives of the mining company, the highway authority and specialists in the fields of pavement engineering, geotechnical engineering and subsidence. An important component of the management strategy is the installation of a total of 840 strain and temperature sensors in the highway pavement using FBG arrays encapsulated in glass-fibre composite cables. The sensors and associated demodulation equipment provide continuous strain measurements along the pavement, enabling on-going monitoring of the effects of mining subsidence on the pavement and timely implementation of planned mitigation and response measures to ensure the safety and serviceability of the highway throughout the mining period.

  11. Prediction of Airport Flexible Pavement Critical Responses from Non-destructive Test Data Using ANN-based Structural Models

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    Kasthurirangan Gopalakrishnan

    2006-01-01

    This study describes the development of Artificial Neural Network (ANN) based pavement response prediction models for rapid structural analysis of airport flexible pavements based on Non-destructive Test (NDT) data. A finite element based pavement structural model, which can accommodate stress-sensitive geomaterial stiffness models, was used to generate the ANN training and testing dataset. The goal was to establish ANN models for predicting critical responses (stresses and strains) from rout...

  12. NonPAS: A Program for Nonlinear Analysis of Flexible Pavements

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    Ali Reza Ghanizadeh

    2015-05-01

    Full Text Available Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE FA MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 The primary step in design of a pavement using Mechanistic-Empirical (M-E method is the analysis of pavement and calculation of the critical responses of pavement under various loadings. This confirms the need for developing pavement analysis software as an analytical base of the M-E method. To this end, NonPAS program has been developed for linear and nonlinear analysis of flexible pavements. Developed program allows nonlinear analysis of flexible pavements using five nonlinear models, including K-?, Uzan, Uzan-Witczak, MEPDG 2002 and Bilinear models. Nonlinear Analysis of flexible pavements by utilizing these constitutive models provides a more accurate modeling of granular material behavior. Developed program can be used to analyze a pavement system consists of maximum of 10 layers, which is subjected to a maximum of six circular loads. Developed program allows for calculating the responses at 400 different points of pavement. In order to validate the results of linear and nonlinear analysis, responses obtained from NonPAS have been compared with responses obtained using Kenlayer program. Results show very good agreement between responses, which are obtained using both linear and nonlinear analysis and approve that developed program can be used with high reliability for the purposes of pavement analysis and design. /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-qformat:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0cm; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:11.0pt; font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"; mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-fareast; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-bidi-font-family:Arial; mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-bidi;}

  13. Experimental Analysis of Natural Gravel Covering as Cool Roofing and Cool Pavement

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    Anna Laura Pisello

    2014-07-01

    Full Text Available Passive solutions for building energy efficiency represent an interesting research focus nowadays. In particular, natural materials are widely investigated for their potential intrinsic high thermal energy and environmental performance. In this view, natural stones represent a promising solution as building envelope covering and urban pavement. This paper concerns the experimental characterization of several low-cost and local gravel coverings for roofs and urban paving, properly selected for their natural high albedo characteristics. To this aim, the in-field albedo of gravel samples is measured with varying grain size. These in-field measurements are compared to in-lab measurements of solar reflectance and thermal emissivity. The analysis shows a significant variation of the albedo with varying grain size. Both in-lab and in-field measurements agree that the stones with the finest grain size, i.e., fine sand, have the best optic-thermal performance in terms of solar reflectance (62%. This feature results in the reduction of the surface temperature when exposed to solar radiation. Moreover, a natural mixed stone is compared to the high reflectance stone, demonstrating that the chosen stone presents an intrinsic “cool” behavior. Therefore, this natural, low-cost, durable and sustainable material could be successfully considered as a natural cool roof or cool paving solution.

  14. A Simple Field Test to Evaluate the Maintenance Requirements of Permeable Interlocking Concrete Pavements

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    Terry Lucke

    2015-05-01

    Full Text Available Adequate infiltration through Permeable Interlocking Concrete Pavements (PICPs is critical to their hydraulic and stormwater treatment performance. Infiltration is affected by clogging caused by the trapping of fines in the PICP surface, which, over time, reduces treatment performance. Clogging can be reduced by periodic maintenance such as vacuum sweeping and/or pressure washing. Maintenance requirements can be indicated by measuring reduced infiltration rates. This paper compared infiltration results using the standard test (C1781M-14a with the results of a new stormwater infiltration field test (SWIFT developed in Australia to evaluate the maintenance requirements of PICPs. A strong correlation (Pearson’s r = −0.714 was found between results using the two methods. This study found that the SWIFT was a reliable method for estimating the degree of clogging of PICPs while successfully overcoming some of the problems with the more technical existing test methodology such as horizontal water leakage (use of sealant, unrealistic pressure heads, speed of test, and portability. The SWIFT test is a simple, fast and inexpensive way for asset managers and local government employees to quickly assess the maintenance requirements of PICP installations in the field.

  15. Reuse of Lathe Waste Steel Scrap in Concrete Pavements

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    Pooja Shrivastavaa

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available These project works assess on the study of the workability and mechanical strength properties of the concrete reinforced with industrialized waste fibers or the recycled fibers. In each lathe industries wastes are available in form of steel scraps are yield by the lathe machines in process of finishing of different machines parts and dumping of these wastes in the barren soil contaminating the soil and ground water that builds an unhealthy environment. Now a day’s these steel scraps as a waste products used by innovative construction industry and also in transportation and highway industry. In addition to get sustainable progress and environmental remuneration, lathe scrap as worn-recycle fibers with concrete are likely to be used. When the steel scrap reinforced in concrete it acquire a term; fiber reinforced concrete and steel fibers in concrete defined as steel fiber reinforced concrete (SFRC.Different experimental studies are done to identify about fresh and hardened concrete properties of steel scrap fiber reinforced concrete (SSFRC and their mechanical properties are found to be increase due to the addition of steel scrap in concrete i.e. compressive strength, flexural strength, impact strength, fatigue strength and split tensile strength were increased but up to 0.5-2% scrap content . When compared with usual concrete to SSFRC, flexural strength increases by 40% and considerable increases in tensile and compressive strength. These steel scrap also aid to improve the shrinkage reduction, cracking resistance i.e. preventing crack propagation and modulus of elasticity. The workability of fresh SSFRC are carried out by using slump test but it restricted to less scrap contents. This work focuses on the enhancement of structural strength and improvement in fatigue life of concrete pavements by reuse of scrap steel in concrete. These concrete roads with SSFRC promises an appreciably eminent design life, offer superior serviceability and minimize crack growth and corrosion. The pioneer idea of this work is the reuse of waste lathe scrap as recycled steel fibers, which provides more cost-effective and eco-friendly sustainable SFRC PAVEMENTS.

  16. Influence of mixture composition on the noise and frictional characteristics of flexible pavements

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    Kowalski, Karol J.

    Both traffic noise and wet pavement-tire friction are mainly affected by the tire/pavement interaction. Existing laboratory test methods allow for evaluation of polishing resistance of the aggregates only. Currently, there is no generally accepted standardized laboratory test method to address noise related issues and the overall frictional properties of pavements (including macrotexture). In this research, which included both laboratory and field components, friction and noise properties of the flexible (asphalt) pavements were investigated. As a part of this study, a laboratory device to polish asphalt specimens was developed and the procedure to evaluate mixture frictional properties was proposed. Following this procedure, forty-six different Superpave mixtures (each utilizing a different aggregate blends), one stone matrix asphalt (SMA) mixture and one porous friction course (PFC) mixture were tested. Six of the above mixes (four Superpave mixtures, SMA mixture and PFC mixture) were selected for laboratory noise testing. This testing was performed using a one-of-a-kind tester called the Tire/Pavement Test Apparatus (TPTA). In addition, the field sections constructed using Superpave, SMA and PFC mixtures were also periodically tested for friction and noise. Field measurements included testing of total of 23 different asphalt and two concrete pavements. The field friction testing was performed using both portable CTM and DFT devices and the (ASTM E 274) locked wheel friction trailer. The laboratory friction testing was performed using CTM and DFT devices only. The results of both field and laboratory friction measurements were used to develop an International Friction Index (IFI)-based frictional requirement for laboratory friction measurements. The results collected in the course of the study indicate that the IFI-based flag values could be successfully used in place of SN-based flag values to characterize frictional characteristics of pavements.

  17. CAUSES OF RESPIRATORY DISTRESS IN CHILDREN

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    M M Karambin

    2008-11-01

    Full Text Available "nThere is a lack of large, prospective epidemiologic studies concerning acute lung injury (ALI and acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS in pediatric population. To determine the different causes of respiratory distress in children, we prepared a retrospective study and included the whole 567 children with respiratory distress referred to 17-Shahrivar Hospital, Rasht, Guilan. Using their medical files, data including age, sex, and causes of respiratory distress were collected. SPSS 13.0 (statistical software applied for statistical analysis. Pneumonia, asthma, and croup were the major causes of ARDS in children with a rate of 38.4, 19.04, and 16.5 percent, respectively. It seems that infectious factors are at the top of the list of ARDS causing factors which can be helpful to approach and manage such patients. We suggest vaccinating these at risk groups against common infectious factors such as H. Influenza and RSV which can cause either pneumonia or inducing asthma.

  18. Constructing a theoretical model of moral distress.

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    Barlem, Edison Luiz Devos; Ramos, Flvia Regina Souza

    2015-08-01

    Moral distress has been characterised as one of the main ethical problems affecting nurses in all health systems, and has been depicted as a threat to nurses' integrity and to the quality of patient care. In recent years, several studies tried to investigate moral distress, its causes and consequences for health professionals, clients and organisations. However, such studies are considered controversial and vulnerable, mainly because they lack a solid philosophical and empirical basis. The present article aimed at elaborating a theoretical model for moral distress, considering the process of moral deliberation, spaces of power and resistance and patient advocacy, and sought to carry out a reflection that culminated with the creation of a broader concept of moral distress. PMID:25366998

  19. Insight, distress and coping styles in schizophrenia

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    Cooke, Michael; Peters, Emmanuelle; Fannon, Dominic; Anilkumar, Anantha P.P.; Aasen, Ingrid; KUIPERS, ELIZABETH; Kumari, Veena

    2007-01-01

    Background The stigma and negative societal views attached to schizophrenia can make the diagnosis distressing. There is evidence that poor insight into symptoms of the disorder and need for treatment may reflect the use of denial as a coping style. However, the relationships between insight and other coping styles have seldom been investigated. Method We examined the associations between insight, distress and a number of coping styles in 65 outpatients with schizophrenia (final n = 57) in a ...

  20. Deposit Withdrawals from Distressed Commercial Banks

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    Guin, Benjamin; Brown, Martin; Morkötter, Stefan

    2015-01-01

    We study retail deposit withdrawals from European commercial banks which incurred investment losses in the wake of the U.S. subprime crisis. We document a strong propensity of households to withdraw deposits from distressed banks, especially when a bank receives a public bailout. However, the withdrawal risk for a distressed bank is mitigated by strong bank-client relationships and household-level switching costs: Households which rely on a single deposit account, which do not live close to a...

  1. Cortico-limbic morphology separates tinnitus from tinnitus distress

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    Amber M Leaver

    2012-04-01

    Full Text Available Tinnitus is a common auditory disorder characterized by a chronic ringing or buzzing “in the ear.” Despite the auditory-perceptual nature of this disorder, a growing number of studies have reported neuroanatomical differences in tinnitus patients outside the auditory-perceptual system. Some have used this evidence to characterize chronic tinnitus as dysregulation of the auditory system, either resulting from inefficient inhibitory control or through the formation of aversive associations with tinnitus. It remains unclear, however, whether these “non-auditory” anatomical markers of tinnitus are related to the tinnitus signal itself, or merely to negative emotional reactions to tinnitus (i.e., tinnitus distress. In the current study, we used anatomical MRI to identify neural markers of tinnitus, and measured their relationship to a variety of tinnitus characteristics and other factors often linked to tinnitus, such as hearing loss, depression, anxiety, and noise sensitivity. In a new cohort of participants, we confirmed that people with chronic tinnitus exhibit reduced grey matter in ventromedial prefrontal cortex (vmPFC compared to controls matched for age and hearing loss. This effect was driven by reduced cortical surface area, and was not related to tinnitus distress, symptoms of depression or anxiety, noise sensitivity, or other factors. Instead, tinnitus distress was positively correlated with cortical thickness in the anterior insula in tinnitus patients, while symptoms of anxiety and depression were negatively correlated with cortical thickness in subcallosal anterior cingulate cortex (scACC across all groups. Tinnitus patients also exhibited increased gyrification of dorsomedial prefrontal cortex (dmPFC, which was more severe in those patients with constant (vs. intermittent tinnitus. Our data suggest that the neural systems associated with chronic tinnitus are different from those involved in aversive or distressed reactions to tinnitus.

  2. Pulmonary distress following attempted suicidal hanging

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    Nair Shalini

    2009-02-01

    Full Text Available Objective : To assess the incidence of post-hanging pulmonary distress in cases of attempted suicidal hanging and predictors of outcome among these patients. Design : Five-year retrospective analysis. Setting: Tertiary care center in south India. Patients :A total of 335 patients who attempted suicidal hanging, aged above 16 years, were admitted during this period. Thirty-eight of them with pulmonary distress established clinically and with radiological evidence of pulmonary injury post hanging met the inclusion criteria. Measurements : Data from ICU records of 5 years, X-rays and laboratory investigations were reviewed. In patients identified to have post-hanging pulmonary distress, the neurological status, chest x-rays, arterial blood gas values and outcome data were collected and analyzed. Results : Eleven percent (n = 38 of the 335 patients admitted following attempted suicidal hanging were diagnosed to have post-hanging pulmonary distress. The overall mortality among post-hanging patients was 5%, which increased to 34.2% (n = 13 in the presence of pulmonary distress (P ? 0.001. Among the prognostic factors evaluated, a PaO 2 / FiO 2 (P/F ratio of < 100 at admission predicted a poor outcome (P ? 0.001. Conclusion : Post-hanging pulmonary distress is a relatively common complication of hanging and is associated with increased mortality. P/F ratio from arterial blood gas at admission was the only significant predictor of outcome in this group of patients.

  3. [Exploring moral distress among clinical nurses].

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    Lovato, Sabrina; Lovato, Liliana; Cunico, Laura

    2012-01-01

    Moral distress in nursing practice is described as a suffering situation that arises when the nurse is unable to act her/his ethical choices, when institutional constraints interfere with acting in the way she/he believes to be right. The aim is to describe nursing practice situations causing moral distress resulting from the recognition of the ethical appropriate actions combined with the impossibility to pursue it; to describe how nurses manage moral distress situations and the strategies to cope with them. A focus group was conducted in three wards of a large teaching-hospital in the north of Italy. In another ward the nurses were asked to write a moral distress experience. A total of 40 nurses were involved and 50 experiences collected. The experiences' analysis has shown 5 source areas of moral distress: 1) clinical decision; 2) nursing competences; 3) nurse-physician collaboration; 4) organization of care; 5) safe care. For each area the most frequent themes were highlighted.Areas of clinical decision, nursing competences, nurse-physician collaboration involve nurse leaders in identification and implementation of strategies for managing moral distress. PMID:23121880

  4. Radioactivity assessment of pavement blocks made with itabirite ore waste

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    Banded Iron Formation, also known as itabirite is a rock composed of silica and hematite layers. The iron ore exploitation from itabirite is carried out by separating the silica by chemical processes, generating high amount of sandy waste that are stocked in dams. In contrast, the construction of dwellings and other buildings consumes about 210 million tons of aggregates (sand and gravel) annually in Brazil and the excessive extraction of river sand causes many environmental impacts. Studies have indicated the technical feasibility of using these waste ore like aggregates in cement artifacts. However, natural occurring radionuclides are present in many natural resources. Human activities may enhance concentrations of radionuclides and/or enhance potential of exposure to naturally occurring radioactive material (NORM/TENORM). The industrial residues containing radionuclides have been receiving a considerable global attention, because of the large amounts of NORM containing wastes and the potential long term risks of long-lived radionuclides. Although a significant amount of primordial radionuclides by primary geological process is not expected in itabirite, it may occur due to late geologic process. In this concern, this work presents an assessment of natural radionuclides contents in this sand waste, in cement and in regular sand. Also the radon exhalation rate of pavement blocks made with varied contents of the itabirite mining residue was measured by using a continuous radon measuring equipment in a closed circuit. A preliminary estimation of the potential radiological risk by using this ore waste in place of regular sand is also presented. (author)

  5. Recycling of radioactive oil sludge waste into pavement brick

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    Malaysia produces about 1450 tons of radioactive oil sludge waste per year and there is an urgent need to find a permanent solution to the storage and disposal of this radioactive waste problem. Several treatment methods such bacteria farming, ultracentrifuge, steam reforming and incineration are currently being used but the core issue of the radioactive material in the oil sludge had not been solved. The paper relates a study on utilizing the radioactive component of the oil sludge and turning them into pavement brick. Characteristic study of this radioactive component by XRD and XRF show that it mainly comprised of quartz and anorthite minerals. While the radioactivity analysis by gamma technique shows that more than 90 % of this radioactivity comes from this soil component with Ra-226 and Ra-228 as the main radionuclides. A vitrified brick was then produced from this sediment by mixing it with low radioactive local red clay. The result also shows that the formation of the vitrified layer may be due high content of K in the red clay. Tensile test on the brick shows that it has more than four times the strength of commercial clay brick. Long duration leaching test on the brick also shows that there is no dissolution of radionuclide from the brick. (author)

  6. Cytokinin signaling regulates pavement cell morphogenesis in Arabidopsis.

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    Li, Hongjiang; Xu, Tongda; Lin, Deshu; Wen, Mingzhang; Xie, Mingtang; Duclercq, Jérôme; Bielach, Agnieszka; Kim, Jungmook; Reddy, G Venugopala; Zuo, Jianru; Benková, Eva; Friml, Jiří; Guo, Hongwei; Yang, Zhenbiao

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    The puzzle piece-shaped Arabidopsis leaf pavement cells (PCs) with interdigitated lobes and indents is a good model system to investigate the mechanisms that coordinate cell polarity and shape formation within a tissue. Auxin has been shown to coordinate the interdigitation by activating ROP GTPase-dependent signaling pathways. To identify additional components or mechanisms, we screened for mutants with abnormal PC morphogenesis and found that cytokinin signaling regulates the PC interdigitation pattern. Reduction in cytokinin accumulation and defects in cytokinin signaling (such as in ARR7-over-expressing lines, the ahk3cre1 cytokinin receptor mutant, and the ahp12345 cytokinin signaling mutant) enhanced PC interdigitation, whereas over-production of cytokinin and over-activation of cytokinin signaling in an ARR20 over-expression line delayed or abolished PC interdigitation throughout the cotyledon. Genetic and biochemical analyses suggest that cytokinin signaling acts upstream of ROPs to suppress the formation of interdigitated pattern. Our results provide novel mechanistic understanding of the pathways controlling PC shape and uncover a new role for cytokinin signaling in cell morphogenesis. PMID:23090432

  7. Road roughness evaluation using in-pavement strain sensors

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    Zhang, Zhiming; Deng, Fodan; Huang, Ying; Bridgelall, Raj

    2015-11-01

    The international roughness index (IRI) is a characterization of road roughness or ride quality that transportation agencies most often report. The prevalent method of acquiring IRI data requires instrumented vehicles and technicians with specialized training to interpret the results. The extensive labor and high cost requirements associated with the existing approaches limit data collection to at most once per year for portions of the national highway system. Agencies characterize roughness only for some secondary roads but much less frequently, such as once every five years, resulting in outdated roughness information. This research developed a real-time roughness evaluation approach that links the output of durable in-pavement strain sensors to prevailing indices that summarize road roughness. Field experiments validated the high consistency of the approach by showing that it is within 3.3% of relative IRI estimates. After their installation and calibration during road construction, the ruggedized strain sensors will report road roughness continuously. Thus, the solution will provide agencies a real-time roughness monitoring solution over the remaining service life of road assets.

  8. GPR abilities in investigation of the pavement transversal cracks

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    Krysi?ski, Lech; Sudyka, Jacek

    2013-10-01

    This paper describes the results of an investigation into the capabilities of the GPR technique within the field of pavement crack diagnostics. Initially, laboratory tests were performed on prototypes simulating idealized cracks. Next, long-term visual observation and repeated GPR scanning were performed, on three roads of semi-rigid construction, several hundreds of meters long and subjected to heavy traffic. Furthermore, a road of rigid construction was tested, having a more than 70-year history of use. In several cases the cracks were probed by drillings, in order to recognize structures responsible for signal generation, or to explain reasons of signal lacking. The main result of this work is a list of GPR indications of cracks, which can be noticed on echograms. It was created through a correlation of the visually-observed cracks with the corresponding echograms, with decimeter accuracy. Several types of GPR responses were classified and linked to possible categories of crack structures, or to processes associated with the presence of cracks (as crumbling, erosion, and lithological alterations). The poor visibility of cracks was also studied, due to small crack size, or to the blurred character of the damaged area, or else to masking effects related to coarse grains in the asphalt mixture. The efficiency of the proposed method for the identification and localization of cracks is higher when a long-term GPR observation is performed.

  9. Effects of conductive fillers on temperature distribution of asphalt pavements

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    The sun provides a cheap and abundant source of clean and renewable energy. Solar cells have been used to capture this energy and generate electricity. A more useful form of the solar cell would be asphalt pavements, which get heated up by solar radiation. Graphite powders are utilized as thermal conductive fillers to make an asphalt collector conductive so as to improve the efficiency of the asphalt collector. Accounting for the important application conditions and evaluating the effects of the heat conductive materials and the solar energy absorbability of the conductive asphalt collector, a finite element model has been developed to predict temperature distributions in the conductive asphalt solar collector. In this study, an experimental validation exercise was conducted using the measured data taken from full-depth asphalt slabs. Validation results showed that the model can satisfactorily predict the temperature distributions in asphalt concrete slabs. The optimal depth is 25-50 mm for placing pipes that serve as the heat exchanger. Meanwhile, the effect of the surroundings on the solar energy potential of the asphalt collector was noticeable.

  10. Effects of conductive fillers on temperature distribution of asphalt pavements

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    Chen Mingyu; Wu Shaopeng; Zhang Yuan; Wang Hong, E-mail: wusp@whut.edu.c [Key Laboratory of Silicate Materials Science and Engineering of Ministry of Education, Wuhan University of Technology, Wuhan 430070 (China)

    2010-05-01

    The sun provides a cheap and abundant source of clean and renewable energy. Solar cells have been used to capture this energy and generate electricity. A more useful form of the solar cell would be asphalt pavements, which get heated up by solar radiation. Graphite powders are utilized as thermal conductive fillers to make an asphalt collector conductive so as to improve the efficiency of the asphalt collector. Accounting for the important application conditions and evaluating the effects of the heat conductive materials and the solar energy absorbability of the conductive asphalt collector, a finite element model has been developed to predict temperature distributions in the conductive asphalt solar collector. In this study, an experimental validation exercise was conducted using the measured data taken from full-depth asphalt slabs. Validation results showed that the model can satisfactorily predict the temperature distributions in asphalt concrete slabs. The optimal depth is 25-50 mm for placing pipes that serve as the heat exchanger. Meanwhile, the effect of the surroundings on the solar energy potential of the asphalt collector was noticeable.

  11. PAHs underfoot: Contaminated dust from coal-tar sealcoated pavement is widespread in the United States

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    Van Metre, P.C.; Mahler, B.J.; Wilson, J.T.

    2009-01-01

    We reported in 2005 that runoff from parking lots treated with coal-tar-based sealcoat was a major source of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) to streams in Austin, Texas. Here we present new data from nine U. S. cities that show nationwide patterns in concentrations of PAHs associated with sealcoat Dust was swept from parking lots in six cities in the central and eastern U. S., where coal-tar-based sealcoat dominates use, and three cities in the western U. S., where asphalt-based sealcoat dominates use. For six central and eastern cities, median ?? PAH concentrations in dust from sealcoated and unsealcoated pavement are 2200 and 27 mg/kg, respectively. For three western cities, median ?? PAH concentrations in dust from sealcoated and unsealcoated pavement are similar and very low (2. 1 and 0. 8 mg/kg, respectively). Lakes in the central and eastern cities where pavement was sampled have bottom sediments with higher PAH concentrations than do those in the western cities relative to degree of urbanization. Bottom-sediment PAH assemblages are similar to those of sealcoated pavement dust regionally, implicating coal-tar-based sealcoat as a PAH source to the central and eastern lakes. Concentrations of benzo[a]pyrene in dust from coal-tar sealcoated pavement and adjacent soils greatly exceed generic soil screening levels, suggesting that research on human-health risk is warranted.

  12. Reflectance of interurban-road pavements from radar-based measurements

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    Fernandez, Paz; Pea-Garca, Antonio; Poyatos-Martnez, David; Escot-Bocanegra, David; Fernndez-Oliveras, Alicia

    2013-11-01

    Reflectance measurements in interurban-road typical pavements are essential for traffic security. The reflectance of interurban-road pavements presents high variability due to such variables as climatic and atmospheric conditions and the presence of foreign materials on the road (e.g. dirt, fuel or oil). For this reason, the recording of real-time measurements for these kinds of pavements is a complex task. However, its critical importance in traffic safety demands precise measurements under all the possible conditions. In this context, the use of remote-sensing systems working in the radar spectral range is of great interest. With active sensors that receive their own radar signal, the reflectance measurements made by the remote-sensing system are not influenced by the atmospheric conditions. In this work, we present a radar-based methodology to develop real-time measurements of the reflectance in typical interurban-road pavements. We are engaged in extending this new method to study the reflectance of interurban-road pavements within the visible spectrum.

  13. Life Cycle Assessment of Pavements: A Critical Review of Existing Literature and Research

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    Santero, Nicholas; Masanet, Eric; Horvath, Arpad

    2010-04-20

    This report provides a critical review of existing literature and modeling tools related to life-cycle assessment (LCA) applied to pavements. The review finds that pavement LCA is an expanding but still limited research topic in the literature, and that the existing body of work exhibits methodological deficiencies and incompatibilities that serve as barriers to the widespread utilization of LCA by pavement engineers and policy makers. This review identifies five key issues in the current body of work: inconsistent functional units, improper system boundaries, imbalanced data for asphalt and cement, use of limited inventory and impact assessment categories, and poor overall utility. This review also identifies common data and modeling gaps in pavement LCAs that should be addressed in future work. These gaps include: the use phase (rolling resistance, albedo, carbonation, lighting, leachate, and tire wear and emissions), asphalt fumes, feedstock energy of bitumen, traffic delay, the maintenance phase, and the end-of-life phase. This review concludes with a comprehensive list of recommendations for future research, which shed light on where improvements in knowledge can be made that will benefit the accuracy and comprehensiveness of pavement LCAs moving forward.

  14. Evaluating the Infiltration Performance of Eight Dutch Permeable Pavements Using a New Full-Scale Infiltration Testing Method

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    Floris Boogaard

    2014-07-01

    Full Text Available Permeable pavements are a type of sustainable urban drainage system (SUDS technique that are used around the world to infiltrate and treat urban stormwater runoff and to minimize runoff volumes. Urban stormwater runoff contains significant concentrations of suspended sediments that can cause clogging and reduce the infiltration capacity and effectiveness of permeable pavements. It is important for stormwater managers to be able to determine when the level of clogging has reached an unacceptable level, so that they can schedule maintenance or replacement activities as required. Newly-installed permeable pavements in the Netherlands must demonstrate a minimum infiltration capacity of 194 mm/h (540 l/s/ha. Other commonly used permeable pavement guidelines in the Netherlands recommend that maintenance is undertaken on permeable pavements when the infiltration falls below 0.50 m/d (20.8 mm/h. This study used a newly-developed, full-scale infiltration test procedure to evaluate the infiltration performance of eight permeable pavements in five municipalities that had been in service for over seven years in the Netherlands. The determined infiltration capacities vary between 29 and 342 mm/h. Two of the eight pavements show an infiltration capacity higher than 194 mm/h, and all infiltration capacities are higher than 20.8 mm/h. According to the guidelines, this suggests that none of the pavements tested in this study would require immediate maintenance.

  15. Proportioning of Steel Fibre Reinforced Concrete Mixes for Pavement Construction and Their Impact on Environment and Cost

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    Stelios Kallis

    2011-07-01

    Full Text Available Steel fibre reinforced concrete (SFRC is a construction material investigated for more than 40 years including for pavement applications. A number of studies have demonstrated the technical merits of SFRC pavements over conventional concrete pavements; however little work has been carried out on the environmental and economical impact of SFRC during the pavement’s life cycle. Therefore, extended research was undertaken within the framework of the EU funded project “EcoLanes” to estimate the environmental and economical loadings of SFRC pavements. The innovative concept of the project is the use of recycled steel tyre-cord wire as concrete fibre reinforcement, which provides additional environmental benefits for tyre recycling over landfilling. Within the project framework a demonstration of a steel-fibre-reinforced roller-compacted concrete (SFR-RCC pavement was constructed in a rural area in Cyprus. In order to assess the economical and environmental picture of the demonstration pavement, life cycle cost analysis (LCCA and life cycle assessment (LCA studies were undertaken, which also compared the under study pavement design with four conventional alternatives. The main output of the studies is that SFR-RCC is more environmentally and economically sustainable than others. In addition, various concrete mix designs were investigated by considering parameters such as fibre type and dosage, cement type, and transportation distances to the construction site. Fibre dosage has been highlighted as a crucial factor compared with economical and environmental loadings in SFR-RCC pavement construction.

  16. Challenges confronting road freight transport and the use of vehicle-pavement interaction analysis in addressing these challenges

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    W J vd M Steyn

    2012-04-01

    Full Text Available Traditional arguments for maintaining riding quality of pavement are expanded in this paper to examine the effects of deteriorating riding quality on vehicle operating costs, freight damage and logistics. The objectives of this paper are to analyse the effects of different levels of riding quality on a truck and its freight, and to discuss potential applications of the analysis in terms of effectiveness of the freight transport system. The paper discusses needs and drivers influencing freight transport costs, vehicle-pavement interaction concepts, and the potential physical effects and costs from roads with deteriorating riding quality. A case study is presented analysing vehicle-pavement interaction for selected roadways in California. It is concluded that investments in pavement and freight transport industry improvements can be investigated by applying vehicle-pavement interaction analysis to evaluate damage to pavement, vehicle and freight that would result from alternative levels of pavement riding quality. The paper recommends that existing concepts, tools and resources such as dedicated truck lanes and vehicle-pavement interaction analysis can help to improve the freight transport system. A framework is proposed to better understand the scale of potential impacts of riding quality from localised effects to larger-scale influences, including costs to customers and global competitiveness.

  17. Challenges confronting road freight transport and the use of vehicle-pavement interaction analysis in addressing these challenges

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    W J vd M, Steyn; C L, Monismith; W A, Nokes; J T, Harvey; T J, Holland; N, Burmas.

    2012-04-01

    Full Text Available Traditional arguments for maintaining riding quality of pavement are expanded in this paper to examine the effects of deteriorating riding quality on vehicle operating costs, freight damage and logistics. The objectives of this paper are to analyse the effects of different levels of riding quality o [...] n a truck and its freight, and to discuss potential applications of the analysis in terms of effectiveness of the freight transport system. The paper discusses needs and drivers influencing freight transport costs, vehicle-pavement interaction concepts, and the potential physical effects and costs from roads with deteriorating riding quality. A case study is presented analysing vehicle-pavement interaction for selected roadways in California. It is concluded that investments in pavement and freight transport industry improvements can be investigated by applying vehicle-pavement interaction analysis to evaluate damage to pavement, vehicle and freight that would result from alternative levels of pavement riding quality. The paper recommends that existing concepts, tools and resources such as dedicated truck lanes and vehicle-pavement interaction analysis can help to improve the freight transport system. A framework is proposed to better understand the scale of potential impacts of riding quality from localised effects to larger-scale influences, including costs to customers and global competitiveness.

  18. Monitoring the performance of geosynthetic materials within pavement systems using MEMS

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    Attoh-Okine, Nii O.; Ayenu-Prah, Albert Y.; Mensah, Stephen A.

    2005-05-01

    Geosynthetic materials have found useful applications when unbound aggregates have been placed on cohesive soil with very weak subgrade. They have also been successfully used in retarding reflective cracking in both flexible and composite pavements. There are many applications of geosynthetics in pavement engineering yet there is considerable lack of understanding in the behavior of the material. Geosynthetic materials exhibit very peculiar properties in the area of tensile strength and reinforcement. MEMS are miniature sensing or actuating devices that can interact with other environments (provided no adverse reaction occurs) to either obtain information or alter it. With remote query capability, it appears such devices can be embedded in pavement systems as testing and monitoring tools. The aim of this paper is to propose both field and laboratory methods for monitoring geotextile performance using MEMS.

  19. Modelling of composite concrete block pavement systems applying a cohesive zone model

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    Skar, Asmus; Poulsen, Peter Noe

    cohesive model is suitable for simulation of crack propagation in cement bound materials subjected to monotonic loading. The methodology implemented gives a new understanding of the mechanical behaviour of cement bound materials which can be used in further refinements of mechanical models for composite......This paper presents a numerical analysis of the fracture behaviour of the cement bound base material in composite concrete block pavement systems, using a cohesive zone model. The functionality of the proposed model is tested on experimental and numerical investigations of beam bending tests. The...... pavement is modelled as a simple slab on grade structure and parameters influencing the response, such as analysis technique, geometry and material parameters are studied. Moreover, the analysis is extended to a real scale example, modelling the pavement as a three-layered structure. It is found that the...

  20. Plastic Damage Model to Evaluate the Fracture Size of Semi-Rigid Base Pavement

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    Cao Peng

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available A simple supported beam model has been presented to simulate the response of semi-rigid pavement structure, which are consistent of the upper layer, middle layer, bottom layer, base and sub base course, during the cycle vehicle loading. This mechanics model coupled with plastic-damage mechanics model could simulate the limit broken of the pavement structure in condition that soil base layer losing bearing capacity gradually. In the meanwhile, numerical calculations based on preceding mechanics model, using the FEM software ABAQUS, have been used to define the broken size of beam. The results indicated that: when the size of simple supported beam expanded to 10 m, brittle damage could happen immediately, Just the standard vehicle loading (about 0.7 Mpa has been implement once. Objective of this study is to provide a physical and rather concrete explanation for the style and concept of the semi-rigid pavement brittle broken.

  1. Viscoroute 2.0: a tool for the simulation of moving load effects on asphalt pavement

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    Chabot, Armelle; Deloffre, Lydie; Duhamel, Denis

    2010-01-01

    As shown by strains measured on full scale experimental aircraft structures, traffic of slow-moving multiple loads leads to asymmetric transverse strains that can be higher than longitudinal strains at the bottom of asphalt pavement layers. To analyze this effect, a model and a software called ViscoRoute have been developed. In these tools, the structure is represented by a multilayered half-space, the thermo-viscoelastic behaviour of asphalt layers is accounted by the Huet-Sayegh rheological law and loads are assumed to move at constant speed. First, the paper presents a comparison of results obtained with ViscoRoute to results stemming from the specialized literature. For thick asphalt pavement and several configurations of moving loads, other ViscoRoute simulations confirm that it is necessary to incorporate viscoelastic effects in the modelling to well predict the pavement behaviour and to anticipate possible damages in the structure.

  2. Life cycle assessment of representative swiss road pavements for national roads with an accompanying life cycle cost analysis.

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    Gschsser, Florian; Wallbaum, Holger

    2013-08-01

    The subject of this paper is an environmental life cycle assessment (LCA) and life cycle cost analysis (LCCA) of processes needed to construct and maintain representative Swiss asphalt, concrete, and composite pavements (including subbase layers) applicable for the Swiss national road network over a period of 75 years. The environmental indicators analyzed are the global warming potential indicator, the nonrenewable cumulative energy demand, and the Swiss ecological scarcity indicator. Processes of the use phase of the road (fuel consumption, noise, etc.) have been evaluated qualitatively based on intensive research. The study shows that the global warming potential of concrete and asphalt pavements equilibrates over the analysis period and that concrete pavements compared to asphalt and composite pavements offer advantages in regards to the nonrenewable cumulative energy demand, the ecological scarcity indicator, and life cycle costs. The qualitative evaluation of the processes of the use phase shows for example the positive qualities of concrete pavements regarding fuel consumption and permanent noise properties. PMID:23865779

  3. A Method to Estimate the Dynamic Displacement and Stress of a Multi-layered Pavement with Bituminous or Concrete Materials

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    Zheng LU

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available In this research work, a method to estimate the dynamic characteristics of a multilayered pavement with bituminous or concrete materials is proposed. A mechanical model is established to investigate the dynamic displacement and stress of the multi-layered pavement structure. Both the flexible and the rigid pavements, corresponding to bituminous materials and concrete materials, respectively, are studied. The theoretical solutions of the multi-layered pavement structure are deduced considering the compatibility condition at the interface of the structural layers. By introducing FFT (Fast Fourier Transform algorithm, some numerical results are presented. Comparisons of the theoretical and experimental result implied that the proposed method is reasonable in predicting the stress and displacement of a multi-layered pavement with bituminous or concrete materials. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5755/j01.ms.20.4.6071

  4. Distress screening using distress thermometer in head and neck cancer patients undergoing radiotherapy and evaluation of causal factors predicting occurrence of distress

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    Shirley Lewis

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: Distress is commonly seen in head and neck cancer patients undergoing radiotherapy. Causal factors of distress are multifactorial; which encompasses physical, psychological, spiritual, and existential factors with complex interrelationship among the factors. Materials and Methods: Thirty patients undergoing head and neck radiotherapy were included in the study. Patients were screened for pain scores, distress scores, physical and psychological symptoms, and spiritual and emotional distress. Results: Significant increasing trend seen for pain score, distress score, and total number of symptoms during 2 nd week, 4 th week, and on completion of radiotherapy treatment (all P′s < 0.001 compared to pretreatment. Those who had chemotherapy (CT along with radiation had significantly greater pain score (t = 5.54, P = 0.03 and distress score (t = 3.9, P = 0.05 at 2 weeks into radiotherapy compared to those who did not receive CT. There was significantly higher grade of skin toxicity in those with spiritual distress (Somers′ d = 0.36, P = 0.02 and higher grade of mucositis in those with existential distress (d = 0.34, P = 0.02 at 4 weeks into radiotherapy. Conclusion: Positive correlation between distress score and pain score and occurrence of physical symptoms. Increasing trend seen for pain score, distress score, and total number of symptoms during 2 nd week, 4 th week, and completion of radiotherapy treatment compared to pretreatment. Increase in distress score in those with existential and spiritual distress.

  5. Late Financial Distress Process Stages and Financial Ratios

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    Sormunen, Nina; Laitinen, Teija

    The present study adds to our understanding and knowledge of financial distress predictions regarding the usefulness of financial ratios in the late stages of the financial distress process. The study contributes to previous research by generating information concerning: (1) the behavior and...... usefulness of single financial ratios in short-term financial distress prediction when the effect of each different financial distress process stage is considered; (2) the effects of recognition of the financial distress process stage on the financial distress prediction model. The time horizon for...... stage affects the classification ability of single financial ratios and financial distress prediction models in short-term financial distress prediction. The study shows that the auditor's GC task could be supported by paying attention to the financial distress process stage. The implications of these...

  6. Enhancing the resolution of gpr spectra for pavement engineering applications

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    Benedetto, F.; Benedetto, A.

    2012-04-01

    Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) is a geophysical method that uses radar pulses to image the subsurface. This non-destructive method uses electromagnetic radiation and detects the reflected signals from subsurface structures. It can detect objects, changes in material, and voids and cracks. GPR has many applications in a number of fields. In the field of civil engineering one of the most advanced technologies used for road pavement monitoring is based on the deployment of advanced GPR systems. One of the most relevant causes of road pavement damage is often referable to water intrusion in structural layers. In this context, GPR has been recently proposed as a method to estimate moisture content in a porous medium without preventive calibration. Hence, the development of methods to obtain an estimate of the moisture content is a crucial research field involving economic, social and strategic aspects in road safety for a great number of public and private Agencies. In particular, a recent new approach was proposed to estimate moisture content in a porous medium basing on the theory of Rayleigh scattering, showing a shift of the frequency peak of the GPR spectrum towards lower frequencies as the moisture content increases in the soil. The weakness characterizing this approach is represented by the needs of high resolution signals, whereas GPR spectra are affected by low resolution. Hence, the rising requirement for high resolution leads to specific demands for improved prediction methods. Recently, a new technique combining the response of the conventional fast Fourier transform (FFT, well known for its high-precision receiving signal level) with that of the MUSIC (multiple signal classification) algorithm, well known for its super-resolution capacity has been proposed. This combined method has been proved to obtain a high precision level in quantifying the shift of the frequency peak of the GPR spectrum. This combined method can perform a reliable coarse estimate of the (abscissa of the) frequency peak. Unfortunately, whereas resolution affecting the GPR spectra has been enhanced, we still need a sensible increasing of the moisture content to appreciate a visible frequency shift. Hence, sub-sample resolution techniques are needed to obtain a resolution better than the sample period. Addressing some of these issues, this work proposes a sub-sample resolution technique exploiting a fast parabolic interpolator, running on three samples of the GPR spectrum in the neighborhood of the frequency peak (i.e. the coarse estimation). More in details, the new detector searches for the (abscissa of the) vertex of the parabola fitted over three GPR samples: the coarse estimate of the frequency peak, and one sample before and after this estimation. The rationale behind the new fast parabolic approach is as follows. We expect the method to obtain a finer estimation of the (abscissa of the) frequency peak because we are now interpolating a parabola in the neighborhood of the same maximum (i.e the coarse estimate), but with a narrow variance thus increasing the estimation accuracy. No noteworthy increase of computational complexity and processing throughput is required to implement the new approach. In fact, near the totality of the amount of the required computation is due to the former stage (i.e. FFT and/or MUSIC implementation to evaluate the coarse estimate of the frequency peak), and the latter logic (i.e. the interpolation function) is negligible from implementation and computational point of view. Experimental results confirm the effectiveness of the proposed approach to evidence and quantify moisture content in soil. In fact, the proposed sub-sample super resolution technique can resolve a frequency shift in the GPR spectrum even for a corresponding amount of moisture less than 2-3%.

  7. How to transform an asphalt concrete pavement into a solar turbine

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    Highlights: • We create a system for harvesting energy from asphalt concrete. • We create an artificial porosity in the asphalt concrete. • We connect a chimney to this porosity. • Differences in temperature produce an air flow. • This air flow serves also for cooling down the pavement. - Abstract: Asphalt concrete can absorb a considerable amount of the incident solar radiation. For this reason asphalt roads could be used as solar collectors. There have been different attempts to achieve this goal. All of them have been done by integrating pipes conducting liquid, through the structure of the asphalt concrete. The problem of this system is that all pipes need to be interconnected: if one is broken, the liquid will come out and damage the asphalt concrete. To overcome these limitations, in this article, an alternative concept is proposed:parallel air conduits, where air can circulate will be integrated in the pavement structure. The idea is to connect these artificial pore volumes in the pavement to an updraft or to a downdraft chimney. Differences of temperature between the pavement and the environment can be used to create an air flow, which would allow wind turbines to produce an amount of energy and that would cool the pavement down in summer or even warm it up in winter. To demonstrate that this is possible, an asphalt concrete prototype has been created and basics calculations on the parameters affecting the system have been done. It has been found that different temperatures, volumes of air inside the asphalt and the difference of temperature between the asphalt concrete and the environment are critical to maximize the air flow through the pavement. Moreover, it has been found that this system can be also used to reduce the heat island effect

  8. Oxygen demand of aircraft and airfield pavement deicers and alternative freezing point depressants

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    Corsi, Steven; Mericas, Dean; Bowman, George

    2012-01-01

    Aircraft and pavement deicing formulations and other potential freezing point depressants were tested for biochemical oxygen demand (BOD) and chemical oxygen demand (COD). Propylene glycol-based aircraft deicers exhibited greater BOD5than ethylene glycol-based aircraft deicers, and ethylene glycol-based products had lower degradation rates than propylene glycol-based products. Sodium formate pavement deicers had lower COD than acetate-based pavement deicers. The BOD and COD results for acetate-based pavement deicers (PDMs) were consistently lower than those for aircraft deicers, but degradation rates were greater in the acetate-based PDM than in aircraft deicers. In a 40-day testing of aircraft and pavement deicers, BOD results at 20C (standard) were consistently greater than the results from 5C (low) tests. The degree of difference between standard and low temperature BOD results varied among tested products. Freshwater BOD test results were not substantially different from marine water tests at 20C, but glycols degraded slower in marine water than in fresh water for low temperature tests. Acetate-based products had greater percentage degradation than glycols at both temperatures. An additive component of the sodium formate pavement deicer exhibited toxicity to the microorganisms, so BOD testing did not work properly for this formulation. BOD testing of alternative freezing point depressants worked well for some, there was little response for some, and for others there was a lag in response while microorganisms acclimated to the freezing point depressant as a food source. Where the traditional BOD5test performed adequately, values ranged from 251 to 1,580g/kg. Where the modified test performed adequately, values of BOD28ranged from 242 to 1,540g/kg.

  9. Psychological distress among patients with epilepsy

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    Asma Khalid

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: Epilepsy is a disorder of the brain characterized by recurrent seizures which are physical reactions to sudden, usually brief, too much electrical discharges in a group of brain cells. Psychological distress often accompanies epilepsy. It badly affects the disease and the treatment outcome. Whereas, familial social support is a positive factor. The objective of the present study was to see the difference of Psychological distress among the patients of Epilepsy; the comparisons on the variables of the study were made between gender, age, marital status, education, socio-economic status and type of Epilepsy. Materials and Methods: Sample comprised of 50 patients with epilepsy. These participants were divided into three subgroups according to their ages that are children, adolescence and adults. Patients were taken from hospitals Islamabad and Muzaffarabad (AJK. Results: The result showed that psychological distress is higher among male patients with generalized epilepsy and among those who are un-married, un-educated, having low socioeconomic status and lower familial social support. Conclusion: It can be concluded that psychological distress is common co morbidity in patients with epilepsy. During treatment, Counseling to the patients and the family can better help in coping with distress during their illness.

  10. Psychological distress and in vitro fertilization outcome

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    Pasch, Lauri A.; Gregorich, Steven E.; Katz, Patricia K.; Millstein, Susan G.; Nachtigall, Robert D.; Bleil, Maria E.; Adler, Nancy E.

    2016-01-01

    Objective To examine whether psychological distress predicts IVF treatment outcome as well as whether IVF treatment outcome predicts subsequent psychological distress. Design Prospective cohort study over an 18-month period. Setting Five community and academic fertility practices. Patients Two hundred and two women who initiated their first IVF cycle. Interventions Women completed interviews and questionnaires at baseline and at 4, 10, and 18 months follow-up. Main Outcome Measures IVF cycle outcome and psychological distress. Results Using a binary logistic model including covariates (woman’s age, ethnicity, income, education, parity, duration of infertility, and time interval), pre-treatment depression and anxiety were not significant predictors of the outcome of the first IVF cycle. Using linear regression models including covariates (woman’s age, income, education, parity, duration of infertility, assessment point, time since last treatment cycle, and pre-IVF depression or anxiety), experiencing failed IVF was associated with higher post-IVF depression and anxiety. Conclusions IVF failure predicts subsequent psychological distress, but pre-IVF psychological distress does not predict IVF failure. Instead of focusing efforts on psychological interventions specifically aimed at improving the chance of pregnancy, these findings suggest that attention be paid to helping patients prepare for and cope with treatment and treatment failure. PMID:22698636

  11. Field Evaluation of Nondestructive Tests in Measuring the Pavement Layers Density

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    H. Divandary; A Izadi; H. Behbahani; H. Ziari

    2010-01-01

    The aim of this study was field evaluation of nondestructive devices in measuring the density of road layers. Density may be considered as a reliable criterion for evaluating pavement quality and has a high level of importance in that it can ensure the proper performance of pavement at least prior the period of life-time. At present time, the most current and also accurate method to determine in-situ density of asphalt mixture is core sample method, however it has some disadvantages. As well ...

  12. Moral repugnance, moral distress, and organ sales.

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    Taylor, James Stacey

    2015-06-01

    Many still oppose legalizing markets in human organs on the grounds that they are morally repugnant. I will argue in this paper that the repugnance felt by some persons towards sales of human organs is insufficient to justify their prohibition. Yet this rejection of the view that markets in human organs should be prohibited because some persons find them to be morally repugnant does not imply that persons' feelings of distress at the possibility of organ sales are irrational. Eduardo Rivera-Lopez argues that such instinctive distress is an appropriate response to the (rationally defensible) perception that certain kinds of arguments that are offered in favor of legalizing organ sales are "in an important sense, illegitimate." Having argued that repugnance should not ground the prohibition of markets in human organs, I will also argue that the moral distress that some feel towards certain arguments that favor such markets is not rationally defensible, either. PMID:25908777

  13. A comprehensive approach for the assessment of in-situ pavement density using GPR technique

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    Plati, Christina; Georgiou, Panos; Loizos, Andreas

    2013-04-01

    Proper construction of the asphalt pavement is a prerequisite to developing a long lasting roadway that does not require extensive future maintenance. This goal is achieved by verifying that design specifications are met through the use of quality assurance (QA) practices. The in-situ density is regarded as one of the most important controls used to ensure that a pavement being placed is of high quality because it is a good indicator of future performance. In-situ density is frequently assessed utilizing one or more of the following three methods: cores, nuclear density gauge measurements or non-nuclear density gauge measurements. Each of the above mentioned methods, however, have their distinct disadvantages. Cores, for example, are generally considered to be the most accurate means of measuring in-situ density, however, they are a time consuming and destructive test that introduces a defect into asphalt pavements. Because of the destructive nature associated with coring, contractors and agencies have alternatively used non-destructive nuclear and non-nuclear density gauges for quality control purposes. These instruments allow for a more rapid assessment of the in-situ density, allowing measurements to be taken even during the pavement's construction. The disadvantage of these gauges are that they provide density readings only at discrete locations of the asphalt pavement mat, while no consensus exists among pavement researchers on the proper correlation between the gauges and core density. In recent years, numerous alternative methods have been introduced for the assessment of in-situ density, both during asphalt pavement construction and afterwards. These methods include, amongst others, intelligent compaction, thermal imaging and ground penetrating radar (GPR). Among these methods, GPR has been defined as both a technically feasible and promising method for the nondestructive, rapid, and continuous evaluation of in-situ asphalt pavement density based on electromagnetic mixing (EM) theory, through the utilization of proper models. These models enable the prediction of asphalt mixture density dependent on its bulk dielectric constant as measured by the GPR, the dielectric properties of the asphalt mix materials, as well as other material information. The goal of the present study is to attempt to verify the prediction performance of various density models. To accomplish this goal GPR surveys were carried out in the field during asphalt pavement construction to evaluate the density results due to different compaction modes. The GPR data was analyzed to calculate the appropriate asphalt mix dielectric properties needed for the activation of the considered density prediction models. Predicted densities were compared with densities of the field cores extracted from the as-built asphalt pavement prior to trafficking. It was found that the predicted density values were significantly lower when compared to the ground truth data. A further investigation of the effect of temperature on GPR readings showed that GPR seems to overestimate the in-situ density. However, this approach could be used effectively to evaluate the performance of different compaction methods and set up the compaction pattern that is needed to achieve the desired asphalt pavement density.

  14. When Is Diabetes Distress Clinically Meaningful?

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    Fisher, Lawrence; Hessler, Danielle M.; Polonsky, William H; Mullan, Joseph

    2012-01-01

    OBJECTIVE To identify the pattern of relationships between the 17-item Diabetes Distress Scale (DDS17) and diabetes variables to establish scale cut points for high distress among patients with type 2 diabetes. RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODS Recruited were 506 study 1 and 392 study 2 adults with type 2 diabetes from community medical groups. Multiple regression equations associated the DDS17, a 17-item scale that yields a mean-item score, with HbA1c, diabetes self-efficacy, diet, and physical ac...

  15. Symptoms and syndromes of bodily distress

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    Fink, Per; Toft, Tomas; Hansen, Morten Steen; Ørnbøl, Eva; Olesen, Frede

    2007-01-01

    different manifestations of a common latent phenomenon. Inclusion of a group of five additional general, unspecific symptoms in latent class analysis allowed construction of clinical diagnostic criteria for 'bodily distress disorder' dividing patients into three classes: nonbodily distress (n = 589), modest...... component factor analysis identified a cardiopulmonary including autonomic (CP), a musculoskeletal (MS), and a gastrointestinal (GI) symptom group explaining 36.9% of the variance. Latent class analysis showed that the symptom groups are likely to materialize in the same patients, suggesting that they are...

  16. Integration, social distress, and policy formation

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    STARK, Oded

    2012-01-01

    I study the integration of regions in the form of a merger of populations, which I interpret as a revision of people’s social space and their comparison set; I illustrate the way in which a merger can aggravate social distress; and I consider policy responses. Specifically, I view the merger of populations as a merger of income vectors; I measure social distress by aggregate relative deprivation; I demonstrate that a merger increases aggregate relative deprivation; and I show that a social pl...

  17. Techno- Economical Study of Rigid Pavement by Using the Used Foundry Sand

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    Vipul D. Prajapati1 , Nilay Joshi2 , Prof. Jayeshkumar Pitroda

    2013-05-01

    Full Text Available Indian road network of almost 3.5 million km comprising both paved and unpaved surfaces is the world’s second largest. Indian roads are presently constructed with not the right choice of material. The two major types of materials, bitumen and concrete are used in road construction in the country. A very small share of roads in the country is made of concrete. Though, it is superior on many counts as a medium for road buildings. The use of large amount of by-product materials as powder or fines not only avoids the requirement of landfills but also reduce the environmental problems. It is most essential to develop profitable building materials from used foundry sand. The innovative use of used foundry sand in concrete formulations as a fine aggregate replacement material was tested as an alternative to traditional concrete. The fine aggregate has been replaced by used foundry sand accordingly in the range of 0%, 10%, 30% & 50% by weight for M-20 grade concrete. Concrete mixtures were produced, tested and compared in terms of compressive and flexural strength with the conventional concrete. These tests were carried out to evaluate the mechanical properties for 7, 14 and 28 days. This research work is to investigate the behaviour of concrete while replacing used foundry sand in different proportion in concrete. This low cost concrete with good strength is used in rigid pavement for 3000 commercial vehicles per day (cvpd and Dry Lean Concrete (DLC 100mm thick for national highway to make it eco-friendly.

  18. Stomatal and pavement cell density linked to leaf internal CO2 concentration

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    Šantrůček, Jiří; Vráblová, M.; Šimková, Marie; Hronková, Marie; Drtinová, M.; Květoň, J.; Vrábl, D.; Kubásek, J.; Macková, J.; Wiesnerová, Dana; Neuwithová, J.; Schreiber, L.

    2014-01-01

    Roč. 114, č. 2 (2014), s. 191-202. ISSN 0305-7364 R&D Projects: GA ČR(CZ) GAP501/12/1261 Institutional support: RVO:60077344 Keywords : Stomatal density * Stomata development * Pavement cells Subject RIV: CE - Biochemistry Impact factor: 3.654, year: 2014

  19. Coal-tar-based pavement sealcoat, polycyclic aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs), and environmental health

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    Mahler, B.J.; Van Metre, P.C.

    2011-01-01

    Studies by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) have identified coal-tar-based sealcoat-the black, viscous liquid sprayed or painted on asphalt pavement such as parking lots-as a major source of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) contamination in urban areas for large parts of the Nation. Several PAHs are suspected human carcinogens and are toxic to aquatic life.

  20. Plutonium distribution in a desert pavement-desert mound soil system in area 11

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    This interim report presents data on 238Pu, 239Pu, 240Pu, and 241Am distribution in a desert pavement desert-mount soil system in Area 11 of the Nevada Test Site. Total plutonium soil concentrations with depth, plutonium concentrations in the different particle size classes, and preliminary information on plutonium distribution as a function of mineral density fractions are included

  1. Estimation of doses from radioactively contaminated disaster wastes reused for pavements

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    It is desirable that the disaster wastes contaminated by radioactive cesium after the severe accident at the Fukushima Nuclear Plant are reused as much as possible in order to minimize the quantity to be disposed of. Ministry of the Environment showed the policy that the wastes containing cesium of higher concentration than the clearance level (100 Bq/kg) were reusable as materials of construction such as subbase course materials of pavements under controlled condition with measures to lower exposure doses. In this study, in order to provide technical information for making a guideline on the use of contaminated concrete materials recycled from disaster wastes as pavement, doses for workers and the public were estimated, and the reusable concentration of radioactive cesium in the wastes was evaluated. It was shown that the external exposure of the public (children) residing near the completed pavement gave the minimum radiocesium concentration in order to comply with the dose criteria. The recycled concrete materials whose average concentration of cesium lower than 2,700 Bq/kg can be used as the subbase course materials of pavements. (author)

  2. Technical Note: Outlays on Construction of Airport Runways with Prestressed and Dowelled Pavements

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    Wi?ckowski, Andrzej; Sznurawa, Alicja

    2015-09-01

    For two variants of runways with abrasive concrete pavements in the prestressed and dowelled technologies, analyses have been presented regarding labour, materials, use of machinery, and financial outlays, together with the necessary technological-organisational analyses and assessment of work execution cycles, by the example of construction of a runway at the Katowice Airport.

  3. Technical Note: Outlays on Construction of Airport Runways with Prestressed and Dowelled Pavements

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    Wi?ckowski Andrzej

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available For two variants of runways with abrasive concrete pavements in the prestressed and dowelled technologies, analyses have been presented regarding labour, materials, use of machinery, and financial outlays, together with the necessary technological-organisational analyses and assessment of work execution cycles, by the example of construction of a runway at the Katowice Airport.

  4. A hybrid strategy in selecting diverse combinations of innovative sustainable materials for asphalt pavements

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    Baron Colbert

    2016-04-01

    Full Text Available This project integrates recent innovations of recycled materials used in designing and building sustainable pavements. An increasing environmental awareness and the demand for improving economic and construction efficiencies, through measures such as construction warrantees and goals to reduce air pollution under the Kyoto Protocol, have increased the efforts to implement sustainable materials in roadways. The objective of this research is to develop a systematic approach toward selecting optimum combinations of sustainable materials for the construction of asphalt pavements. The selected materials, warm mix asphalt (WMA, recycled asphalt shingles (RAS, and reclaimed asphalt pavement (RAP were incorporated in this study. The results of this research are intended to serve as guidelines in the selection of the mixed sustainable materials for asphalt pavements. The approach developed from this project draws upon previous research efforts integrating graphical modeling with optimizing the amount of sustainable materials based on the performance. With regard to moisture susceptibility and rutting potential test results, as well as the MIM analysis based on a 95% confidence interval, the rutting performance and moisture susceptibility of asphalt mixtures are not significantly different regardless of the percentages of RAS, RAP, or WMA. The optimum mixture choices could be made by the plant emission rankings with consideration of the optimal WMA types, percentages of RAS/RAP, and WMA production temperatures. The WMA mixtures prepared with 75% RAP and Advera® WMA have produced the lowest CO2 emissions among the investigated mixture types.

  5. EVALUATION OF RUTTING DEPTH IN FLEXIBLE PAVEMENTS BY USING FINITE ELEMENT ANALYSIS AND LOCAL EMPIRICAL MODEL

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    Alaa H. Abed

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available The objective of this research is to predict rut depth in local flexible pavements. Predication model in pavement performance is the process that used to estimate the parameter values which related to pavement structure, environmental condition and traffic loading. The different local empirical models have been used to calculate permanent deformation which include environmental and traffic conditions. Finite element analysis through ANSYS computer software is used to analyze two dimensional linear elastic plane strain problem through (Plane 82 elements. Standard Axle Load (ESAL of 18 kip (80 kN loading on an axle with dual set of tires, the wheel spacing is 13.5 in (343 mm with tire contact pressure of 87 psi (0.6 MPa is used. The pavement system is assumed to be an elastic multi-layers system with each layer being isotropic, homogeneous with specified resilient modulus and Poisson ratio. Each layer is to extend to infinity in the horizontal direction and have a finite thickness except the bottom layer. The analysis of results show that, although, the stress level decrease 14% in the leveling course and 27% in the base course, the rut depth is increased by 12 and 28% in that layers respectively because the material properties is changed.

  6. Building Asphalt Pavement with SBS-based Compound Added Using a Dry Process in Greenland

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    Lee, Hosin; Kim, Yongjoo; Geisler, Nivi; Jørgensen, Anders Stuhr; Villumsen, Arne; Cheon, S.; Pyun, J.

    PMA where it is formulated to melt and blend with asphalt quickly during a batch mixing process. The main objectives of this study are to (1) build asphalt pavement using asphalt mixtures with SBS-based compound added using a “dry” process at the batch plant and (2) evaluate its performance under...

  7. Agency and Design: Pavement Failure in the Transmilenio Project, Bogotá, Colombia

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    Pineda, Andres Felipe Valderrama

    Transmilenio is the world’s first mass rapid bus transit system designed and built for the city of Bogotá, Colombia. Its first phase was developed and built during the years 1998-2000. The concrete pavement of the cities main corridor, Avenida Caracas and Autopista Norte, was designed and re...

  8. 78 FR 26847 - Including Specific Pavement Types in Federal-aid Highway Traffic Noise Analyses

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    2013-05-08

    ... Federal Highway Administration Including Specific Pavement Types in Federal-aid Highway Traffic Noise... types used in Federal-aid highway traffic noise analyses. Current highway traffic noise analyses rely on... (OGAC), and Portland cement concrete (PCC). Prediction of future noise levels is based on the...

  9. NON-LINEAR CALCULATION OF MULTILAYER AIRFIELD PAVEMENTS ACCORDING TO THE THEORY OF PLASTIC CURRENT

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    A.N.Popov

    2015-02-01

    Full Text Available Statement of the problem.Low fracture strength of asphalt, promoting formation of the reflected cracks in a strengthening layer interferes with strengthening of precast slab pavings PAG by as-phalt layers of strengthening. Constructive-technological decisions aimed at decreasing the re-flected crack formation in practice do not produce a due result because of the absence of a strict mathematical model of the operation of non-rigid layers of strengthening. Thus, for the purpose of the definition of the parameters of the design of strengthening operation of the mathematical model based on the research of change of an intense-deformed condition of a multilayer airfield pavement, exposed to impact of a static load from aircrafts is required.Results.Elastic and plastic model of the deformation of the multilayer airfield pavement is ob-tained based on mathematical assumptions of the theory of a current. Strength and plasticity crite-rion are proved accordingly for materials of the artificial airfield pavement, a natural earth founda-tion. The method for settlements of elastic and plastic model is suggested using the method of final elements.Conclusions.The obtained data can be used in the course of designing of layers of reinforcement of rigid airfield pavement from plates PAG.

  10. Reducing greenhouse gas emissions through strategic management of highway pavement roughness

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    On-road vehicle use is responsible for about a quarter of US annual greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Changes in vehicles, travel behavior and fuel are likely required to meet long-term climate change mitigation goals, but may require a long time horizon to deploy. This research examines a near-term opportunity: management of pavement network roughness. Maintenance and rehabilitation treatments can make pavements smoother and reduce vehicle rolling resistance. However, these treatments require material production and equipment operation, thus requiring a life cycle perspective for benefits analysis. They must also be considered in terms of their cost-effectiveness in comparison with other alternatives for affecting climate change. This letter describes a life cycle approach to assess changes in total GHG (measured in CO2-e) emissions from strategic management of highway pavement roughness. Roughness values for triggering treatments are developed to minimize GHG considering both treatment and use phase vehicle emission. With optimal triggering for GHG minimization, annualized reductions on the California state highway network over a 10-year analysis period are calculated to be 0.82, 0.57 and 1.38 million metric tons compared with historical trigger values, recently implemented values and no strategic intervention (reactive maintenance), respectively. Abatement costs calculated using $/metric-ton CO2-e are higher than those reported for other transportation sector abatement measures, however, without considering all benefits associated with pavement smoothness, such as vehicle life and maintenance, or the time needed for deployment. (paper)

  11. Reduction in mental distress among substance users receiving inpatient treatment

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    Friborg Oddgeir; Benum Vår; Hoxmark Ellen; Wynn Rolf

    2010-01-01

    Abstract Background Substance users being admitted to inpatient treatment experience a high level of mental distress. In this study we explored changes in mental distress during treatment. Methods Mental distress, as measured by the HSCL-10, was registered at admission and at discharge among 164 substance users in inpatient treatment in Northern Norway. Predictors of reduction in mental distress were examined utilizing hierarchical regression analysis. Results We found a significant reduction...

  12. Disordered Eating and Psychological Distress among Adults

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    Patrick, Julie Hicks; Stahl, Sarah T.; Sundaram, Murali

    2011-01-01

    The majority of our knowledge about eating disorders derives from adolescent and young adult samples; knowledge regarding disordered eating in middle and later adulthood is limited. We examined the associations among known predictors of eating disorders for younger adults in an age-diverse sample and within the context of psychological distress.

  13. Interpersonal Relationships and Emotional Distress in Adolescence

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    Kenny, Rachel; Dooley, Barbara; Fitzgerald, Amanda

    2013-01-01

    The aim of this study was to examine positive and negative qualities in adolescents' interpersonal relationships and their relative importance in predicting emotional distress. Participants were 260 students from three schools in the Dublin area (119 girls; 141 boys), aged 12-18 years (M = 15.32, SD = 1.91). Students completed questionnaires

  14. Psychosocial distress and periodontitis in adolescents

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    Lopez, Rodrigo; Ramírez, Valeria; Marró, Patricio; Bælum, Vibeke

    2012-01-01

    . Similarly, the internal consistency of the instrument was high (Cronbach’s α = 0.91). The results of multiple logistic regression analyses, adjusted for age and gender, suggested an association between case status and higher total scoring for psychosocial distress (OR=1.69). Among the four subdomains of...

  15. Disordered Eating and Psychological Distress among Adults

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    Patrick, Julie Hicks; Stahl, Sarah T.; Sundaram, Murali

    2011-01-01

    The majority of our knowledge about eating disorders derives from adolescent and young adult samples; knowledge regarding disordered eating in middle and later adulthood is limited. We examined the associations among known predictors of eating disorders for younger adults in an age-diverse sample and within the context of psychological distress.…

  16. [Acute respiratory distress revealing severe pulmonary leptospirosis].

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    Sekkach, Y; Qaçif, H; Jira, M; El Qatni, M; El omri, N; Ghafir, D

    2007-01-01

    We return a clinical case of leptospirose revelated by a complicated febrile harp pneumopathie of a sharp respiratory distress syndrome having required a transfer in resuscitation. The goal of our article is to recall that it is necessary to think systematically about a pulmonary shape of leptospirose facing an atypical pneumopahie. PMID:17141924

  17. Investigation of Primary Causes of Load-Related Cracking in Asphalt Concrete Pavement in North Carolina

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    Park, Hong Joon

    This dissertation presents causes of cracking in asphalt concrete pavement in North Carolina through field investigation and laboratory experiments with field extracted material. North Carolina is experiencing higher than anticipated rates of fatigue cracking compared to other state. These higher than expected rates could be reflective of the national trends in mix design practice or could be caused by structural pavement failures. The problems associated with premature cracking in North Carolina pavements point to the need to evaluate the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) mixes, processes, and measures to ensure that these factors properly balance the goals of preventing cracking and minimizing permanent deformation. Without solid data from in-service pavements, any conclusions regarding the causes of these failures might be pure conjecture. Accordingly, this research examines material properties through laboratory experiments using field-extracted materials and investigates in situ pavements and pavement structure. In order to assess condition of existing pavement, alligator cracking index (ACI) was developed. The asphalt content in the top layer that exhibits top-down cracking or bottom-up cracking has a proportional relationship to ACI values. The air void content in a bottom layer that exhibits top-down cracking or bottom-up cracking shows an inverse proportional relationship to ACI values. These observations reflect reasonable results. A comparison between ACI and asphalt film thickness values does not produce noteworthy findings, but somewhat reasonable results are evident once the range of comparison is narrowed down. Thicker film thicknesses show higher ACI values. From field core visual observations, road widening is identified as a major cause of longitudinal cracking. Regions with observed layer interface separation tend to have low ACI values. Through tensile strain simulation based on actual field conditions, it is observed that sites with observed bottom-up cracking have higher tensile strain levels at the bottom of the asphalt layer than sites with observed top-down cracking. Extracted binder fatigue test results indicate that binder properties between good and poor sections of a given site are not the result of differences in the binder properties. Hence, other mixture design factors are at work in controlling the site variability in terms of fatigue resistance.

  18. Effects of diurnal temperature dynamics on curing of cold-emulsion reclaimed asphalt pavements

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    Kiplagat Chelelgo

    2010-11-01

    Full Text Available Strength development in Cold-Emulsion Reclaimed Asphalt Pavements is gradual and largely dependent on the rate at which curing proceeds. Its early life strength is therefore low and presents a major challenge in material specification for mechanistic pavement design. The solution has been to subject a sample of the mixture to be used in the pavement to accelerated laboratory curing to the attainment of Equilibrium Moisture Content (EMC condition. Fatigue and Stiffness parameters of the mix along with the chemical properties of the binder can be determined from the cured samples and results incorporated into the pavement design process. The emphasis is in the choice of a laboratory curing protocol that adequately simulates expected curing trends in the field. Protocols in popular use employ steady state curing temperatures to predict long term behaviour of Reclaimed Asphalt Pavements. This project set out to investigate the likely effects of seasonal variations and diurnal cycles in ambient temperatures on the engineering properties of Reclaimed Asphalt and the incorporated binders. To simulate the above phenomena, a predictive model was adopted in computation of high and low temperature peaks that can be expected in two pavements, one in the tropics and the other in a temperate region. The resulting sets of temperatures were used to cyclically cure Reclaimed Asphalt Pavement cores that were manufactured by artificially aging Dense Bitumen Macadam (DBM in the laboratory and mixing it with a cationic bitumen emulsion. Another set of cores were subjected to steady temperatures as is the current practice. This acted as a control for the two cyclic temperatures under study. Use was made of a suite of tests available in the Nottingham Asphalt Tester (NAT to determine stiffness and fatigue properties of the mix under the three treatments. Bitumen binders recovered at the end of curing was tested for penetration, softening point temperatures and percentage of Asphaltenes. The findings pointed at a likelihood of severe treatment of asphalt samples by the existing laboratory curing protocols. Curing at a steady temperature led to a lower fatigue life, over estimation of early life strength and underestimation of long term strength of the cold asphalt. Low penetration values, high softening point temperatures and high percentages of Asphaltenes in bitumen from the cured samples attest to severe aging of the samples.

  19. Trauma and Psychological Distress among Ethnically Diverse Community College Students

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    Edman, Jeanne L.; Watson, Susan B.; Patron, David J.

    2016-01-01

    An association has been found between traumatic experiences and psychological distress; however, the impact of ethnicity on psychological distress is less clear. The present study examined the relationship between traumatic experiences and measures of psychological distress among a multiethnic sample of community college students. A total of 389…

  20. Road Edge of Pavement, Road Edge of Pavement in Iredell County, NC from 2005 Orthophotography, Published in 2005, 1:2400 (1in=200ft) scale, Iredell County GIS.

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    NSGIC GIS Inventory (aka Ramona) — This Road Edge of Pavement dataset, published at 1:2400 (1in=200ft) scale, was produced all or in part from Orthoimagery information as of 2005. It is described as...

  1. Road Edge of Pavement, Published in unknown, 1:2400 (1in=200ft) scale, Forsyth County.

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    NSGIC GIS Inventory (aka Ramona) — This Road Edge of Pavement dataset, published at 1:2400 (1in=200ft) scale, was produced all or in part from Field Observation information as of unknown. Data by...

  2. Study on the Application of a Management System for Pavement Based on iPad Terminal with GIS

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    Hu Siranc

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available With the rapid development in the construction of highway recently, the traffic volume is increasing rapidly which cause the critical problem of the pavement maintenance and management. Current systems couldnt meet the need of it and also have an impact on the development and operation of our highway. In this study, a management and service platform for pavement, based on an iPad terminal with GIS, is designed. On the basis of the existing pavement and lots of researches and experiments, it also relies on the GIS technology which is powerful in spatial orientation, graphics processing and displays, iPad terminal with strong processing and remote infinite transmission. Then it will solve some problems in our maintenance of pavement to some extent.

  3. Road Edge of Pavement, MCAMLIS Topo, Published in 2010, 1:1200 (1in=100ft) scale, Milwaukee County.

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    NSGIC GIS Inventory (aka Ramona) — This Road Edge of Pavement dataset, published at 1:1200 (1in=100ft) scale, was produced all or in part from Orthoimagery information as of 2010. It is described as...

  4. A380 pavement experimental program-rigid campaign : slab pattern, instrumentation, static test procedure, fatigue test introduction

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    LERAT, P; Fabre, C.; BALAY,JM

    2003-01-01

    The paper describes several experimentations on rigid pavements at Toulouse Blagnac airport, tested with heavy aircraft landing gear simulator developed by Airbus S.A.S. The main contributors of this program are Airbus, the French Civil Aviation Administration (STBA) and the French Road and Bridges Laboratory (LCPC). The first part of the program (1998 2000) deals with bituminous pavement. In 2001-2002-2003 the program has focused on Rigid tests. The main aim has been therefore to improve th...

  5. Modeling of airport rigid pavement structure made of RCC and recycled cement concrete for complex configuration of landing gears

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    Cojocaru, Radu; Pais, Jorge C.; Andrei, Radu; Budesc, Mihai

    2013-01-01

    This paper presents the results of the research undertaken by the authors in the frame of the postdoctoral program 4D-POSTDOC. After a short introduction on the actual status of structural design of airport pavements including geometrical and loading characteristics of complex loading gears, the modeling and the structural design of airport rigid pavements, constructed with conventional and various recycled materials, using the finite element method, is described. The main obje...

  6. Effects of reclaimed asphalt pavement on indirect tensile strength test of foamed asphalt mix tested in dry condition

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    Indirect tensile strength (ITS) test was conducted to analyse strength of the foamed asphalt mixes incorporating reclaimed asphalt pavement. Samples were tested for ITS after cured in the oven at 40°C for 72 hours. This testing condition known as dry condition or unconditioned. Laboratory results show that reclaimed asphalt pavement (RAP) contents insignificantly affect the ITS results. ITS results significantly affected by foamed bitumen contents.

  7. Associations between faith, distress and mental adjustment

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    Johannessen-Henry, Christine Tind

    2013-01-01

    spiritual well-being, the faith dimension of spiritual well-being and aspects of performed faith are associated with distress and mental adjustment among cancer patients. Methods. In a cross-sectional design, 1043 survivors of various cancers filled in a questionnaire on spiritual well-being (FACIT-Sp-12......), specific aspects of faith ('belief in a god', 'belief in a god with whom I can talk' and 'experiences of god or a higher power'), religious community and church attendance (DUREL), distress (POMS-SF), adjustment to cancer (Mini-MAC) and sociodemographic factors. Linear regression models were used to...... adjustment. The results illustrate the complexity of associations between spiritual well-being and specific aspects of faith with psychological function among cancer survivors...

  8. Distress respiratorio agudo en el embarazo

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    Alfredo Sánchez Valdivia

    2006-04-01

    Full Text Available Aunque la ocurrencia de Síndrome de distress respiratorio agudo/daño pulmonar agudo (SDRA/DPA durante el embarazo es infrecuente, su letalidad es elevada y ha sido reportado como un factor importante en la mortalidad materna. Las investigaciones realizadas al respecto han sido escasas en la literatura nacional e internacional. Nuestra experiencia en la atención a la paciente materna crítica por más de 20 años demuestra que el distress en el embarazo constituye una entidad sindrómica de alta incidencia en nuestra serie. Motivados en ello y considerando que resulta potencialmente prevenible y altamente letal decidimos realizar la presente revisión sobre un aspecto de la paciente materna grave, muy poco abordado y de gran interés si deseamos reducir los niveles de mortalidad materna.

  9. Avian maternal response to chick distress

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    Edgar, J. L.; Lowe, J. C.; Paul, E. S.; C. J. Nicol

    2011-01-01

    The extent to which an animal is affected by the pain or distress of a conspecific will depend on its capacity for empathy. Empathy most probably evolved to facilitate parental care, so the current study assessed whether birds responded to an aversive stimulus directed at their chicks. Domestic hens were exposed to two replicates of the following conditions in a counterbalanced order: control (C; hen and chicks undisturbed), air puff to chicks (APC; air puff directed at chicks at 30 s interva...

  10. ACUTE RESPIRATORY DISTRESS SYNDROME IN PREGNANCY

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    Madhumala; Vikyath; Rangalakshmi

    2015-01-01

    Acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) is a clinical syndrome of severe dyspnea of rapid onset, hypoxemia, and diffuse pulmonary infiltrates leading to respiratory failure. ARDS occurs in pregnancy and may have unique causes. Overall mortality for both the mother and the fetus is high and significant morbidity can persist even after initial recovery. ARDS is associated with obstetric causes such as amniotic fluid embolism, preeclampsia, septic abortion, and retained product...

  11. Mechanical behavior of flexible pavements undergoing thermal gradients - doi: 10.4025/actascitechnol.v33i3.10848

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    Grazielli Vassoler

    2011-07-01

    Full Text Available The proper structural understanding of a pavement should consider, according to the pavement mechanics, the aspects related to the traffic load, the environment and material properties. When asphaltic materials are used, the stress/strain relationships and the dependencies of load-time and temperature are key parameters for understanding flexible pavement performance. In this study, we employed the finite elements method to calculate stress/strain in flexible pavements structures considering temperature variation. The input data includes material stiffness, which is function of temperature and changes with position and time. The pavement temperature is obtained through the heat transfer differential equation, applying the Laplace transform and its numerical inversion. The finite elements grid was generated by the software ANSYS® and imported by the software MATLAB®. In order to determine the stiffness of the first layer (asphalt concrete we used the average of four nodes, depending on the each node temperature. The result evidences the importance of thermal gradients for the pavement analysis, both for the fatigue cracking and the accumulation of plastic deformations. The use of unique modulus for asphalt concrete layer generates results far from reality.

  12. Distress intolerance in substance dependent patients.

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    Özdel, Kadir; Ekinci, Suat

    2014-05-01

    This study seeks to extend the literature by examining distress tolerance (DT) levels for a substance dependent group of individuals. Next, it considers the potential relationship of DT levels with substance dependence features and finally, it compares those factors with a healthy control group. This study included 93 individuals (49 substance dependent and 44 healthy controls). Participants were evaluated using the Structured Clinical Interview for DSM-IV Axis I Diagnosis (SCID-I) and given the Distress Tolerance Scale (DTS), Beck Depression Inventory (BDI), and State & Trait Anxiety Inventory (STAI). Consistent with our expectations, the substance dependent group showed higher scores on the BDI and STAI, and lower scores on the DTS. There was no difference between the single drug dependent group and multiple substance-dependent groups, and their DT levels were not correlated with the duration of substance use, nor with the age of first substance use. Instead, DT was strongly correlated with trait anxiety, state anxiety, and depressive symptoms. The DT levels of this group of substance dependent individuals were very low in comparison to controls and to other groups reported in the literature. Our results suggest that distress tolerance may represent a therapeutic target factor in substance dependency treatment. Limitations and future research directions are also discussed. PMID:24439559

  13. Dynamic response of concrete pavement structure with asphalt isolating layer under moving loads

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    Jianmin Wu

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available A three-dimensional finite element model (3D FEM is built using ABAQUS to analyze the dynamic response of a concrete pavement structure with an asphalt isolating layer under moving loads. The 3D model is prepared and validated in the state of no asphalt isolating layer. Stress and deflection at the critical load position are calculated by changing thickness, modulus of isolating layer and the combination between the isolating layer and concrete slab. Analysis result shows that the stress and deflection of the concrete slab increase with the increase of thickness. The stress and deflection of the concrete slab decrease with the increase of combination between the isolating layer and concrete slab. The influence of changing the isolating layer modulus to the stress and deflection of the concrete slab is not significant. From the results, asphalt isolating layer design is suggested in concrete pavement.

  14. Field Performance of Asphalt Pavements with New Technologies in Northern Nevada

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    Faeth, Benjamin Michael

    The Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) of the Washoe Valley Area has been tasked to determine if three advanced asphalt pavement technologies and one modified aggregate gradation are suitable for implementation within Reno, Stead, and Sparks Nevada. This was accomplished through research and test roads and Intersections to determine if Recycled Asphalt Pavement (RAP), Warm Mix Asphalt (WMA), Polymer-Modified Asphalt Binder, and the Type 2-R aggregate gradation were succeeding in their design plans. Over the course of several years the streets being used by RTC to test the technologies are succeeding within their design lifespans, and the Intersections being used to test the Type 2-R aggregate gradation are showing significant resistance to rutting. Due to the roads and Intersections not being more than 10 years old, these conclusions are subject to change over time.

  15. The Effect of Joint Width on Structural Performance of Asphalt Block Pavements

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    Ahmed Abdelgalil

    2014-02-01

    Full Text Available Asphalt blocks have been occasionally used around the world as a road pavement, but there have been very limited studies being done to evaluate the effect of joint width (spacing between the blocks on the structural performance of asphalt paving blocks. This study explains the experimental study to assess the performance and properties of asphalt paving blocks laid with different joint widths between the blocks i.e., 0, 2 and 3 mm, respectively. A total of 250 asphalt paving blocks was manufactured and tested in the laboratory to ascertain the density, air voids, the compressive strength and the rut depth and displacement occurred in asphalt paving block. The design compressive load of single asphalt paving block is 166 kN. The test results showed that the joint width plays a vital role on the performance of asphalt block pavement. Asphalt paving blocks were laid as closely in contact as possible (0 mm yields the best structural performance.

  16. The road well travelled : implications of a changing climate on pavement infrastructure in southern Canada

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    The implications of a changing climate on pavement infrastructure in southern Canada were examined. The session consisted of a presentation of a research project whose purpose was to understand how climate change may affect the frequency, severity and duration of conditions that lead to three forms of pavement deterioration and deformation including permanent deformation associated with heat-related rutting; thermal cracking associated with low temperatures; and frost heave and associated seasonal deformation stress. Interactions among climatic conditions, traffic volume/mix, and construction (e.g., design standards, materials) and maintenance variables were studied. The presentation consisted of a summary of the results from a literature review component of the project and findings from a preliminary analysis of historic climate data and future scenarios of climate change. tabs., figs

  17. A Review on Using Crumb Rubber in Reinforcement of Asphalt Pavement

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    Mashaan, Nuha Salim; Ali, Asim Hassan; Karim, Mohamed Rehan; Abdelaziz, Mahrez

    2014-01-01

    An immense problem affecting environmental pollution is the increase of waste tyre vehicles. In an attempt to decrease the magnitude of this issue, crumb rubber modifier (CRM) obtained from waste tyre rubber has gained interest in asphalt reinforcement. The use of crumb rubber in the reinforcement of asphalt is considered as a smart solution for sustainable development by reusing waste materials, and it is believed that crumb rubber modifier (CRM) could be an alternative polymer material in improving hot mix asphalt performance properties. In this paper, a critical review on the use of crumb rubber in reinforcement of asphalt pavement will be presented and discussed. It will also include a review on the effects of CRM on the stiffness, rutting, and fatigue resistance of road pavement construction. PMID:24688369

  18. Experimental research on the development of rutting in asphalt concrete pavements reinforced with geosynthetic materials

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    Laurinavičius, Alfredas; Oginskas, Rolandas

    2006-01-01

    The article sets out to explore reasons for the development of shear strains and rutting in asphalt pavement as well as to suggest and describe the main methods for reducing the deformation. The impact of geosynthetic materials is defined through reological characteristics of asphalt: the modulus of elasticity and the viscosity of asphalt. The research has been conducted on the experimental road section in the city of Vilnius. The measurements have been based on the plate-bearing test. Sustai...

  19. Research and evaluation of Lithuanian asphalt concrete road pavements reinforced by geosynthetics

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    Laurinavičius, Alfredas; Oginskas, Rolandas; Žilionienė, Daiva

    2006-01-01

    The paper focuses on the main functions of geosynthetics in asphalt concrete structures; it also offers results of the research into asphalt concrete pavements reinforced by geosynthetics. The present investigation also includes evaluation of the impact of geosynthetics. The analysis has helped identify the reological parameters whose values are related directly to geosynthetics. The regressive equations help calculate the depth of ruts, if the elasticity modulus and the viscosity of asphalt ...

  20. EFFECTIVE UTILIZATION OF PLASTIC WASTE IN FLEXIBLE PAVEMENT AND ANALYSIS BY EXPERIMENTS.

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    Sandeep R Unde; Prof . Dr. S. C . Potnis

    2015-01-01

    This paper presents the results of an experimental investigation carried out to study the effects of the use of plastic waste instead of replacing bitumen percentage (6%,8%,10%) on the physical properties of pavements. Plastics are user friendly but not eco - friendly as they are non - biodegradable, generally it is disposed by way of land filling or incineration of materials which are hazardous. The better binding property of plastics in its molt...

  1. EFFECTIVE UTILIZATION OF PLASTIC WASTE IN FLEXIBLE PAVEMENT AND ANALYSIS BY EXPERIMENTS.

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    Sandeep R Unde

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available This paper presents the results of an experimental investigation carried out to study the effects of the use of plastic waste instead of replacing bitumen percentage (6%,8%,10% on the physical properties of pavements. Plastics are user friendly but not eco - friendly as they are non - biodegradable, generally it is disposed by way of land filling or incineration of materials which are hazardous. The better binding property of plastics in its molten state has helped in finding out a method of safe disposal of waste plastics, by using them in road laying. Disposal of waste materials including waste plastic bags has become a serious problem and waste plastics are burnt for apparent disposal which cause environmental pollution. Utilization of was te plastic bags in bituminous mixes has proved that these enhance the properties of mix in addition to solving disposal problems. The plastic waste (PE, PET and PP contained 6%, 8% and 10% (by weight are used as a binding material in the manufacturing of the flexible pavements. Tests were performed to determine the physical impact on bitumen and aggregate. The results indicate that the use of plastic waste enhance abrasion resistance and slip resistance of 20% and give pavements with low porosity (less th an 5%. The results show continuous improvement in mechanical properties depending upon plastic waste content. Use of plastic waste as a binder significantly improves splitting tensile strength on flexible pavement independently of plastic type. In my rese arch work I have done a thorough study on the methodology of using plastic waste in bituminous mixes and presented the various tests performed on aggregates and bitumen.

  2. Laboratory Study on Grout Injection for Improving Subgrade of Airfield Pavements

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    Teck Shang Goh; Osamu Takashi

    2014-01-01

    This paper shares the authors experience of using low pressure grouting to improve the subgrade performance. The first part of the paper introduced a case history where low pressure grouting was applied in weakened subgrade of the active airport pavements in Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA). The treated areas seemed to have been improved and only one of all eight treated areas had reoccurrence of depression. However, the performance of the treated area was difficult to be eval...

  3. Deployment of Palmic Concrete Pavement Blocks in Light and Heavy Traffic Situations

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    Eric Ababio Ohemeng; Anita Asamoah-Duodu; Kofi Owusu Adjei

    2015-01-01

    The main objective of this research was to investigate the viability of deploying palmic concrete pavement blocks (PCPBs) in light and heavy traffic situations. The term “palmic concrete” refers to any concrete containing palm kernel shell and ordinary aggregates. In this study cement, fine aggregate, coarse aggregate and palm kernel shell (PKS) were used. It was observed that density and strengths of the PCPBs decreased as the PKS content increased. Although, the strengths of the PCPBs lo...

  4. Uniform auxin triggers the Rho GTPase-dependent formation of interdigitation patterns in pavement cells

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    Xu, Tongda; Nagawa, Shingo; Yang, Zhenbiao

    2011-01-01

    The investigation of Rho-family GTPases has uncovered mechanisms for spatiotemporal control of cellular processes such as cell polarization, movement, morphogenesis and cell division. Now Rho GTPase plays another leading role in the discovery of a new signaling mechanism for auxin, a multifunctional hormone that regulates pattern formation in plants. Arabidopsis leaf epidermal pavement cells (PCs) develop the puzzle-piece cell shape with interlocking lobes and indentations via interdigitated ...

  5. Dynamic Properties of Footbridges: Influence of Asphalt Pavement and Support Conditions

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    Weber Benedikt

    2015-01-01

    Natural frequencies and damping ratios are important parameters in the design of footbridges against vibrations. Although not normally considered in calculations, non-structural elements such as the asphalt pavement and the supports can have a significant influence on the dynamic properties. In this article we present results from vibration tests conducted on four footbridges over the last few years covering a wide range of asphalt temperatures. The experiments show that both the natural freq...

  6. Asphalt rubber interlayer benefits in minimizing reflective cracking of overlays over rigid pavements

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    Shatnawi, Shakir; Pais, Jorge; Minhoto, Manuel

    2012-01-01

    This paper provides an overview of the asphalt rubber interlayer benefits on reflective crack retardation in overlays over rigid pavements. These interlayers are known in California as asphalt rubber absorbing membrane interlayers (SAMI-R) or as asphalt rubber aggregate membrane interlayers (ARAM-I) chip seals. The paper focuses on the performance in terms of field project reviews, laboratory performance tests and finite element analysis. SAMI-R has been given a reflective cracking equivalent...

  7. The Effect of Joint Width on Structural Performance of Asphalt Block Pavements

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    Ahmed Abdelgalil; Hasanan Nor

    2014-01-01

    Asphalt blocks have been occasionally used around the world as a road pavement, but there have been very limited studies being done to evaluate the effect of joint width (spacing) between the blocks on the structural performance of asphalt paving blocks. This study explains the experimental study to assess the performance and properties of asphalt paving blocks laid with different joint widths between the blocks i.e., 0, 2 and 3 mm, respectively. A total of 250 asphalt paving blocks was manuf...

  8. Numerical Investigation of Design Strategies to Achieve Long-Life Pavements

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    Abou-Jaoude, Grace G.; Ghauch, Ziad G.

    2011-01-01

    Increasing the HMA base thickness and modifying the HMA mixture properties to improve the resistance to fatigue cracking are among the most popular methods for achieving long-lasting pavements. Such methods are based on the idea of reducing the tensile strain at the bottom of the HMA layer below the Fatigue Endurance Limit (FEL), a level of strain below which no cumulative damage occurs to the HMA mixture. This study investigates the effectiveness of several design strategies involved in long...

  9. Pavement Remaining Service Interval: A Logical Replacement to Remaining Service Life Concept

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    Sivaneswaran, Nadarajah; Visintine, Beth A.; Rada, Gonzalo R; Elkins, Gary E.; Thyagarajan, Senthilmurugan

    2015-01-01

    The process of providing and managing a pavement network requires a plethora of decisions to be made. At the heart of those decisions is the prediction of future construction events, but many issues exist with the current remaining service life (RSL) terminology that confuse, confound, and complicate proper interpretation, interagency data exchange, and use. The major source of ambiguity with RSL is the use of the term "life" to represent different points in the construction time-line. There ...

  10. Hypolithic Microbial Community of Quartz Pavement in the High-Altitude Tundra of Central Tibet

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    Wong, Fiona K.Y; Lacap, Donnabella C.; Lau, Maggie C. Y.; Aitchison, J. C.; Cowan, Donald A.; Pointing, Stephen B.

    2010-01-01

    The hypolithic microbial community associated with quartz pavement at a high-altitude tundra location in central Tibet is described. A small-scale ecological survey indicated that 36% of quartz rocks were colonized. Community profiling using terminal restriction fragment length polymorphism revealed no significant difference in community structure among a number of colonized rocks. Real-time quantitative PCR and phylogenetic analysis of environmental phylotypes obtained from clone libraries w...

  11. Experimental study of recycled asphalt mixtures with high percentages of reclaimed asphalt pavement (RAP)

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    Valdés Vidal, Gonzalo A.; Pérez Jiménez, Félix Edmundo; Miró Recasens, José Rodrigo; Martínez Reguero, Adriana Haydée; Botella Nieto, Ramón

    2011-01-01

    This paper presents an experimental study to characterize the mechanical behaviour of bituminous mixtures containing high rates of reclaimed asphalt pavement (RAP). Two semidense mixtures of 12 and 20 mm maximum aggregate size and containing 40 and 60% RAP, respectively (S-12 and S-20, in accordance with Spanish specifications), which were used for rehabilitation of a highway section, were evaluated. First, the effect of RAP variability on the recycled mixtures was analyzed. Their mecha...

  12. Towards a global, environmental evaluation of pavement materials and techniques in France

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    Jullien, A.; DE LARRARD, F

    2003-01-01

    This work takes places in the context of the creation of a new research team at LCPC, performing studies in the field of sustainable development applied to roads. The present on-going projects - a recycling road works using hot-mix reclaimed asphalt pavement and a data base on material recycling in roads - are leading to the collection of significant environmental data. These projects also include the application of LCA methodology to roads, and display a territorial approach. Finally the res...

  13. Wear particles generated from studded tires and pavement induces inflammatory reactions in mouse macrophage cells.

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    Lindbom, John; Gustafsson, Mats; Blomqvist, Göran; Dahl, Andreas; Gudmundsson, Anders; Swietlicki, Erik; Ljungman, Anders G

    2007-06-01

    Health risks associated with exposure to airborne particulate matter (PM) have been shown epidemiologically as well as experimentally, pointing to both respiratory and cardiovascular effects. These health risks are of increasing concern in society, and to protect public health, a clarification of the toxic properties of particles from different sources is of importance. Lately, wear particles generated from traffic have been recognized as a major contributing source to the overall particle load, especially in the Nordic countries where studded tires are used. The aim of this study was to further investigate and compare the ability to induce inflammatory mediators of different traffic-related wear particles collected from an urban street, a subway station, and studded tire-pavement wear. Inflammatory effects were measured as induction of nitric oxide (NO), IL-6, TNF-alpha, arachidonic acid (AA), and lipid peroxidation after exposure of the murine macrophage like cell line RAW 264.7. In addition, the redox potential of the particles was measured in a cell-free system. The results show that all particles tested induce IL-6, TNF-alpha, and NO, and those from the urban street were the most potent ones. In contrast, particles collected from a subway station were most potent to induce lipid peroxidation, AA release, and formation of ROS. Particles from studded tire-pavement wear, generated using a road simulator, were able to induce inflammatory cytokines, NO, lipid peroxidation, and ROS formation. Interestingly, particles generated from pavement containing granite as the main stone material were more potent than those generated from pavement containing quartzite as the main stone material. PMID:17516662

  14. Leaching of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons from new and reclaimed asphalt pavements

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    LEGRET, M; ODIE, L; DEMARE, D; MONERON, P; Jullien, A.

    2005-01-01

    This work presented herein displays the results of a study addressing environmental concerns related to the possible leaching of pollutants from new and reclaimed asphalt pavement. Samples from an experimental site were tested in both static batch tests and columns leaching tests. Selected polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) were analysed in leachates. The results have allowed us to consider the leaching of pollutants to be rather weak. Concentrations in solutions from batch leaching test...

  15. Leaching of heavy metals and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons from reclaimed asphalt pavement

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    LEGRET, M; ODIE, L; DEMARE, D; Jullien, A.

    2005-01-01

    The work presented herein displays the results of a study addressing environmental concerns related to the possible leaching of pollutants from reclaimed asphalt pavement. Samples from an experimental site were tested in both static batch tests and column leaching tests. Selected heavy metals and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) were analysed in leachates. The results have allowed us to consider the leaching of pollutants to be rather weak for most of the parameters studied. Concentrat...

  16. New Technology and Experimental Study on Snow-Melting Heated Pavement System in Tunnel Portal

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    Jinxing Lai; Junling Qiu; Jianxun Chen; Haobo Fan; Ke Wang

    2015-01-01

    In recent years, with the rapid growth of economy and sharp rise of motor vehicles in China, the pavement skid resistance in tunnel portals has become increasingly important in cold region. However, the deicing salt, snow removal with machine, and other antiskid measures adopted by highway maintenance division have many limitations. To improve the treatment effect, we proposed a new snow-melting approach employing electric heat tracing, in which heating cables are installed in the structural ...

  17. The Efficiency Analysis of Low Impact Development Applied in Taiwan: A Case Study of Porous Pavement

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    Huang, Y. H.; Liu, H. J.; Hsu, N. S.; Chang, F. M.

    2014-12-01

    Low Impact Development (LID) has been developed since the end of 1990s. Lots of successful experience based on this new technology have been made. Taiwan Executive Yuan is conducting a six-year (2014~2019) program "Integrated River Basin Management Plan" applying LID to build sponge cities. Construction and Planning Agency, Ministry of the Interior is editing the manual of LID technology for Taiwan. However, since the hydrological environments, physiographic conditions, climates, the strength and frequency of disasters in Taiwan are different from that in America, this study takes the first laboratory experiment and model simulation to evaluate the efficiency of application of LID in Taiwan.LID Facilities includes porous pavement, rain garden, green roof, tree box filter facilities and so on, and in this study, porous pavement is taken as an example for discussion. In the part of laboratory experiments, the sand box experiments is designed to operate with the specified rainfall return period calculated by Horton formula and rainfall characteristics of Taipei. Then the outflow hydrograph in each designed rainfall of specified return period can be evaluated. As for model simulation, this study constructs LID simulation elements by SWMM model and tests the suitability for simulation of the outflow hydrograph obtained from experiments, and definitely quantifies the efficiency of water retention and flood reduction of porous pavement. The results fits well with the experimental observation data with less than 10% error of pick flow. It suggests that, with LID simulation elements constructed in this study, the efficiency of LID in actual on-site application can be evaluated.The results shows that porous pavement is able to delay arrival time of pick about 5% ~10% and reduce the pick flow about 5%~20%, and hold the ability of near 3~5% water retention. It proves that application of LID can retain water and reduce flood in Taiwan.

  18. Recycled asphalt mixtures with foamed bitumen: an alternative to build ecofriendly road pavements

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    Palha, Daniela; Fonseca, Paulo; Silva, Hugo Manuel Ribeiro Dias da; Oliveira, Joel; Abreu, Liliana

    2015-01-01

    Nowadays, recycling has become a very important objective for the society in the scope of a closed loop product life cycle. In recent years, new recycling techniques have been developed in the area of road pavements that allow the incorporation of high percentages of reclaimed asphalt (RA) materials in recycled asphalt mixtures. The use of foamed bitumen for production of recycled asphalt mixtures is one of those techniques, which also allows the reduction of the mixing temperatures (warm mix...

  19. Asphalt rubber interlayer benefits on reflective crack retardation of flexible pavement overlays

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    Shakir, Shatnawi; Pais, Jorge; Minhoto, Manuel

    2011-01-01

    This paper provides an overview of the asphalt rubber interlayer benefits on reflective crack retardation in flexible pavement preservation and rehabilitation strategies. These interlayers are known in California as asphalt rubber absorbing membrane interlayers (SAMI-R) or as asphalt rubber aggregate membrane interlayers (ARAM-I) chip seals. These interlayers have been used successfully as part of cape seals and as part of an overlay system. The paper focuses on the performance in terms of fi...

  20. Durability analysis of different warm mix asphalt containing reclaimed asphalt pavement

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    PEREZ MARTINEZ, Miguel; Marsac, Paul; Gabet, Thomas; Hammoum, Ferhat; Lopes, Manuela; POUGET, Simon

    2015-01-01

    Road mix asphalt manufacture process is associated with high consumption of raw materials, energy and high levels of emissions. The combined use of reclaimed asphalt and temperature reduction technologies may favour a cleaner and more sustainable production of asphalt mixtures. The aim of the present work is to study and compare two types of warm mix asphalts under two different technologies, surfactants and foamed asphalt, when adding high rates (50%) of reclaimed asphalt pavement into the m...

  1. Assessment of the performance of warm mix asphalts in road pavements

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    Silva, Hugo Manuel Ribeiro Dias da; Oliveira, Joel; Ferreira, C. I. G.; Pereira, Paulo A. A.

    2010-01-01

    Several processes and products are available to produce warm mix asphalt (WMA). These may reduce the mixing and compaction temperatures in relation to hot mix asphalt (HMA), ensuring the necessary performance in the pavement. Lower plant mixing temperatures mean reduction in fuel consumption and lower emissions, what may contribute to diminish health and odour problems and to decrease costs. During this work, two commercial additives (Sasobit® and Cecabase®) were used to produce WMAs, which w...

  2. US Army Experience with Precast Panels for Military Airfield Pavement Repairs

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    Priddy, Lucy P.; Bly, Peter G.; Flintsch, Gerardo W.

    2015-01-01

    The evaluation of expedient Portland cement concrete (PCC) repair technologies has been the focus of the pavements research community for decades due to ever decreasing construction timelines. Precast concrete panel technology offers a potential repair alternative to conventional cast-in-place PCC methods, because the panel has gained full strength prior to its use and allows for local concrete material sources to be used in lieu of costly proprietary rapid-setting repair materials. This repa...

  3. Performance polymeric concrete with synthetic fiber reinforcement against reflective cracking in rigid pavement overlay

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    Cement concrete pavements are used for heavy traffic loads throughout the world owing to its better and economical performance. Placing of a concrete overlay on the existing pavement is the most prevalent rehabilitating method for such pavements, however, the problem associated with the newly placed overlay is the occurrence of reflective cracking. This paper presents an assessment of the performance of polymeric concrete with synthetic fiber reinforcement against reflective cracking in an overlay system. The performance of polymeric concrete with synthetic fibers as an overlay material is measured in terms of the load-deflection, strain-deflection and load-strain behavior of beams of the polymeric concrete. For this purpose, five types of beams having different number of fiber wires and position are tested for flexure strength. Deflection/strains for each increment of load are recorded. In addition, cubes of plain concrete and of concrete with synthetic fiber needles were tested after 7 and 28 days for compressive strengths. Finite element models in ANSYS software for the beams have also been developed. Beams with greater number of longitudinal fiber wires displayed relatively better performance against deflection whilst beams with synthetic fiber needles showed better performance against strains. Thus, polymeric concrete overlay with fiber reinforcement will serve relatively better against occurrence of reflective cracking. (author)

  4. Temporal evolution modeling of hydraulic and water quality performance of permeable pavements

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    Huang, Jian; He, Jianxun; Valeo, Caterina; Chu, Angus

    2016-02-01

    A mathematical model for predicting hydraulic and water quality performance in both the short- and long-term is proposed based on field measurements for three types of permeable pavements: porous asphalt (PA), porous concrete (PC), and permeable inter-locking concrete pavers (PICP). The model was applied to three field-scale test sites in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. The model performance was assessed in terms of hydraulic parameters including time to peak, peak flow and water balance and a water quality variable (the removal rate of total suspended solids). A total of 20 simulated storm events were used for model calibration and verification processes. The proposed model can simulate the outflow hydrographs with a coefficient of determination (R2) ranging from 0.762 to 0.907, and normalized root-mean-square deviation (NRMSD) ranging from 13.78% to 17.83%. Comparison of the time to peak flow, peak flow, runoff volume and TSS removal rates between the measured and modeled values in model verification phase had a maximum difference of 11%. The results demonstrate that the proposed model is capable of capturing the temporal dynamics of the pavement performance. Therefore, the model has great potential as a practical modeling tool for permeable pavement design and performance assessment.

  5. Numerical Investigation of Design Strategies to Achieve Long-Life Pavements

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    Ghauch, Ziad G

    2011-01-01

    Increasing the HMA base thickness and modifying the HMA mixture properties to improve the resistance to fatigue cracking are among the most popular methods for achieving long-lasting pavements. Such methods are based on the idea of reducing the tensile strain at the bottom of the HMA layer below the Fatigue Endurance Limit (FEL), a level of strain below which no cumulative damage occurs to the HMA mixture. This study investigates the effectiveness of several design strategies involved in long-life, perpetual pavement design. A 3D Finite Element model of the pavement involving a linear viscoelastic constitutive model for HMA materials and non-uniform tire contact stresses is developed using ABAQUS 6.11. The effects of asphalt base course thickness and mixture type, rich binder layer, and aggregate subbase layer are examined. Four asphalt base course mixture types, namely dense graded, polymer modified, high modulus, and standard binder, are studied as a function of the asphalt base course thickness. The result...

  6. Characterization of cementitiously stabilized subgrades for mechanistic-empirical pavement design

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    Solanki, Pranshoo

    Pavements are vulnerable to subgrade layer performance because it acts as a foundation. Due to increase in the truck traffic, pavement engineers are challenged to build more strong and long-lasting pavements. To increase the load-bearing capacity of pavements, subgrade layer is often stabilized with cementitious additives. Thus, an overall characterization of stabilized subgrade layer is important for enhanced short- and long-term pavement performance. In this study, the effect of type and amount of additive on the short-term performance in terms of material properties recommended by the new Mechanistic-Empirical Pavement Design Guide (MEPDG) is examined. A total of four soils commonly encountered as subgrades in Oklahoma are utilized. Results show that the changes in the Mr, ME and UCS values stabilized specimens depend on the soil type and properties of additives. The long-term performance (or durability) of stabilized soil specimens is investigated by conducting freeze-thaw (F-T) cycling, vacuum saturation and tube suction tests on 7-day cured P-, K- and C-soil specimens stabilized with 6% lime, 10% CFA and 10% CKD. This study is motivated by the fact that during the service life of pavement stabilized layers are subjected to F-T cycles and moisture variations. It is found that that UCS value of all the stabilized specimens decreased with increase in the number of F-T cycles. A strong correlation was observed between UCS values retained after vacuum saturation and F-T cycles indicating that vacuum saturation could be used as a time-efficient and inexpensive method for evaluating durability of stabilized soils. In this study, short- and long-term observations from stabilization of sulfate bearing soil with locally available low (CFA), moderate (CKD) and high (lime) calcium-based stabilizers are determined to evaluate and compare the effect of additive type on the phenomenon of sulfate-induced heave. The impact of different factors on the development of the ettringite, responsible for sulfate-induced heaving, is also discussed. For Level 2 design of pavements, a total of four stress-based statistical models and two feed-forward-type artificial neural network (ANN) models, are evaluated for predicting resilient modulus of 28-day cured stabilized specimens. Specifically, one semi-log stress-based, three log-log stress-based, one Multi-Layer Perceptrons Network (MLPN), and one Radial Basis Function Network (RBFN) are developed. Overall, semi-log stress-based and MLPN neural network are found to show best acceptable performance for the present evaluation and validation datasets. Further, correlations are presented for stress-based models to correlate Mr with compacted specimen characteristics and soil/additive properties. Additionally, the effect of type of additive on indirect tensile and fatigue characteristics of selected stabilized P- and V-soil is evaluated. This study is based on the fact that stabilized layer is subjected to tensile stresses under wheel loading. Thus, the resilient modulus in tension (M rt), fatigue life and strength in tension (sigmat) or flexure (represented by modulus of rupture, MOR) becomes another important design parameter within the mechanistic framework. Cylindrical specimens are prepared, cured for 28 days and subjected to different stress sequences in indirect tension to study the Mrt. On the other hand, stabilized beam specimens are compacted using a Linear Kneading Compactor and subjected to repeated cycles of reloading-unloading after 28 days of curing in a four-point beam fatigue apparatus for evaluating fatigue life and flexural stiffness. It is found that all three additives improved the Mrt, sigmat and MOR values; however, degree of improvement varied with the type of additive and soil. This study encompasses the differences in the design of semi-rigid pavements developed using AASHTO 1993 and AASHTO 2002 MEPDG methodologies. Further, the design curves for fatigue performance prediction of stabilized layers are developed for different stabilized pavement sections. Knowledge gained from the parametric analysis of different sections using AASHTO 1993 and MEPDG is expected to be useful to pavement designers and others in implementation of the new MEPDG for future pavement design. (Abstract shortened by UMI.)

  7. Numerical simulation of a 3-D flow within a storage area hexagonal modular pavement systems

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    This numerical study has been performed to predict the flow patterns and characteristics within a storage area Hexagonal Modular Pavement Systems. Throughout the design and planning period for future construction are increasingly integrating computational fluid dynamics (CFD) into the process. A commercially known software, FLOW-3D, is applied to numerically solve the Navier-stokes equations for solution domains which are separated into three regions with overlapping boundaries to efficiently accommodate the grid resolutions, namely the honeycomb shaped modular, gravel and combined honeycomb shaped modular with gravel fill. The filtration of the fluid within the interstices of a permeable pavement is evaluated by integrating the Reynolds Averaged Navier-Stokes equations (RANS) inside the voids rather than making use of the widespread porous media approach. In conclusion, the results from numerical simulation are generally well agreed with the existing data and flow information such as flow patterns at increased flow, discharge rate and pressure is obtained to be used for engineering design purpose. Overall, the potential for FLOW-3D to model various geometries and configurations appears great. It should be noted that CFD should not be considered a complete replacement for physical modelling; however, it can definitely be used as a supplementary tool throughout the pavement design process.

  8. Joint application of GPR and electrostatic resistivity to assess mixed pavement condition

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    Chouteau, M.; Camerlynck, C.; Kaouane, C.

    2009-05-01

    In planning maintenance and rehabilitation of paved streets it is of first importance to gather internal structure information to establish a diagnostic. We investigate the potential of the GPR and of the capacitively-coupled resistivity array profiling techniques to map the geometry and the defects present at various depths in streets with mixed pavement. GPR is excellent at delineating boundaries of material with contrasting electrical properties whereas the resistivity array is needed to determine the nature and quality of the imaged material. Thicknesses of asphalt and concrete can be continuously determined. Defects such as cracks, delaminations, voids and former repairs can be mapped. Quality of the concrete slab can be assessed by resistivity. The performances of the two techniques are demonstrated first using numerical modeling and imaging of typical pavement defects. Resistivity and GPR data were collected along a few streets in Montreal using a 1GHz GPR smart cart and a compact 2-receiver dipole resistivity system. Streets were selected to demonstrate the responses to different pavement defects. The results allow to show the performance and limitations of present systems. In particular, it is shown that multiple configuration arrays and real-time imaging for the resistivity pulled array are needed. For the arrays we investigate some designs and for the real-time imaging a technique based on Kalman filtering was developed.

  9. Distress among Indigenous North Americans: Generalized and Culturally Relevant Stressors.

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    Walls, Melissa L; Whitbeck, Les B

    2011-07-01

    Stress process and life-course models of mental distress emphasize socio-cultural and historical processes that influence stress exposure and the impact of stress on mental health outcomes. Drawing from these theoretical orientations as well as concepts from the historical trauma literature, we examine the effects of culturally relevant and more generalized sources of stress on distress among North American Indigenous adults, and tests for the potential cumulative and interactive effects of stress on distress across the life-course via self-reported early childhood and adult/contemporary stressors. Results of OLS regression analyses reveal positive, significant associations between general stressors and distress as well as culturally-meaningful stressors and distress. In addition, we found evidence of the accumulating and interactive impact of stress on psychological distress. PMID:22368789

  10. Assessment of Distress Associated to Psychopathology in Children and Adolescents

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    Wendy Reich

    2009-04-01

    Full Text Available The aim of this paper was to study the distress associated to psychopathology in children and adolescents. The sample included 330 children aged 8 to 17 years attending outpatient mental health services of the public network in Barcelona(Spain assessed using a structured diagnostic interview. A substantial part of children brought to treatment suffered distress associated to internalizing and externalizing psychological symptoms. Psychological distress was most frequent among girls and among adolescents, and was more frequently reported by children and adolescents than by their parents. It was also a marker of perception of need of psychological help, and it was significantly related to diagnosis, subthreshold conditions and functional impairment. Individual symptoms of depression, dysthymia, generalized anxiety disorder and oppositional defiant disorder were most associated with psychological distress. Given the potential importance of subjective distress as well as impairment for the identification and definition of psychopathology and planning of treatment, diagnostic assessment should include questions related to distress.

  11. Psychological distress among women with newly diagnosed breast cancer

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    Mertz, Birgitte; Bistrup, Pernille Envold; Johansen, Christoffer; Dalton, Susanne Oksbjerg; Deltour, Isabelle; Kehlet, Henrik; Kroman, Niels

    2012-01-01

    PURPOSE: Psychological distress is common in the cancer continuum. Our objectives were to determine the prevalence of distress and to investigate the related problems and the characteristics of women with breast cancer who experienced psychological distress at the time of diagnosis. METHODS: We...... used cross-sectional data from a questionnaire study. Women with newly diagnosed breast cancer were consecutively invited to respond before breast surgery. Between October 2008 and October 2009, a total of 357 responded out of 426 (84%) invited. Among these, 343 patients completed the 'distress...... thermometer' to measure psychological distress and the accompanying 'problem list' to identify related problems. Logistic regression models with 95% confidence intervals were used to estimate the associations between psychological distress, age, social support and domains on the problem list. RESULTS: With a...

  12. A demedicalized view of maternal distress: conceptualization and instrument development.

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    Arditti, Joyce A; Grzywacz, Jospeh G; Gallimore, Sara Wang

    2013-11-01

    The goal of this article was to describe instrument development of a demedicalized, multidomain view of maternal distress, with psychological, relational, and situational manifestations. We developed a pilot instrument derived from our previous grounded theory conceptualization of maternal distress and administered it to a purposive sample of 100 low-income single mothers. Analyses testing the relationship between maternal distress and depressive symptoms, guilt, child rearing stress, and community needs variables suggested that the maternal distress inventory had convergent, discriminant, and concurrent validity. Not only was maternal distress distinct from depressive symptomology and generalized child rearing stress, it appeared to be more meaningfully associated with "real world" outcomes of interest to psychological service providers than purely psychological measures of the distress. PMID:22984879

  13. Psychological and physical distress of cancer patients during radiotherapy

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    König, A

    2001-01-01

    Purpose: patients undergoing radiotherapy have physical and psychological symptoms related to the underlying disease and the treatment. In order to give the best possible support to the patients, more knowledge about the amount and the changing of distress in the course of radiotherapy is of essentially importance. Methods: The distress was measured in a consecutive sample of cancer patients (n=82) undergoing radiotherapy. Each patient was given the EORTC-QLQ-C30, the HADS and a special questionnaire which ascertain radiotherapy-specific items before starting the radiotherapy, at the onset of radiotherapy, in the third week of radiotherapy and 3 weeks after the end of radiotherapy. Results: within the first week of treatment the psychological distress of the patients is increasing; 98.8 % of the patients are 'moderate distressed', 46 % 'severe distressed'. General physical symptoms seem not to be affected by the radiotherapy, there is no changing. The distress caused by the organization of the radiotherapy is...

  14. Joy, Distress, Hope, and Fear in Reinforcement Learning (Extended Abstract):

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    Jacobs, E.J.; Broekens, J.; Jonker, C.M.

    2014-01-01

    In this paper we present a mapping between joy, distress, hope and fear, and Reinforcement Learning primitives. Joy / distress is a signal that is derived from the RL update signal, while hope/fear is derived from the utility of the current state. Agent-based simulation experiments replicate psychological and behavioral dynamics of emotion including: joy and distress reactions that develop prior to hope and fear; fear extinction; habituation of joy; and, task randomness that increases the int...

  15. Gender, work and psychological distress in hospital consultants

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    Taylor, C.

    2012-01-01

    Background Hospital consultants, of whom an increasing number are women, have a high prevalence of psychological distress and work is an important aetiological factor. There is a need for effective interventions to reduce occupational stress but theory and evidence examining the relationship between gender, work and psychological distress are sparse. Aims To describe the relationship between gender, work and psychological distress in hospital consultants and to explore consultants’ views on o...

  16. Partner relationship satisfaction and maternal emotional distress in early pregnancy

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    Eberhard-Gran Malin; Slinning Kari; Røsand Gun-Mette B; Røysamb Espen; Tambs Kristian

    2011-01-01

    Abstract Background Recognition of maternal emotional distress during pregnancy and the identification of risk factors for this distress are of considerable clinical- and public health importance. The mental health of the mother is important both for herself, and for the physical and psychological health of her children and the welfare of the family. The first aim of the present study was to identify risk factors for maternal emotional distress during pregnancy with special focus on partner r...

  17. Financial distress of industrial firms on the Greek banking system

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    Antoniades, Dimitris; Kouzionis, Dimitris

    1990-01-01

    Since the late 1970s, industrial activity in Greece has been deteriorating rapidly. An increasing number of industrial firms have experienced distress and failure. Because of their extensive indebtedness, the widespread distress of industrial companies has affected the soundness of Greek banks. This paper discusses the extent and causes of financial distress in Greek industry and the importance of its impact on the banking system and the country's economy. The authors outline the main goals o...

  18. Distress tolerance in social versus solitary college student drinkers.

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    Williams, Catherine L; Vik, Peter W; Wong, Maria M

    2015-11-01

    Low distress tolerance has been an inconsistent predictor of alcohol-related consequences in college students, but its relationships to depression and coping motives for alcohol have received stronger support. Research on college students who drink heavily in isolation suggests that this population is more likely to have a greater number and severity of alcohol-related problems, depression, and coping motives. Solitary heavy drinkers were therefore hypothesized to have lower distress tolerance than other drinkers. This study examined differences in self-reported and behavioral distress tolerance across two groups of university students: those who endorsed heavy solitary drinking (20.1%) versus those who endorsed other types of drinking. Students completed a self-report measure (Distress Intolerance Self-Report, or DISR) and behavioral measure of distress tolerance (Paced Auditory Serial Addition Test, or PASAT). Students who reported drinking heavily in isolation differed from other students on the DISR, F(1, 132) = 4.645, p = .033, η(2) = .034, but not on the PASAT, F(1, 132) = 0.056, p = .813. These students also endorsed more coping motives for alcohol. Distress tolerance did not predict drinking consequences directly, yet a mediation model linking distress tolerance to consequences through coping motives supports previous findings of distress tolerance as a distal, indirect predictor of drinking problems. The unique characteristics of solitary binge drinkers and the significance of distress tolerance as an indirect predictor of alcohol-related consequences are discussed. PMID:26114980

  19. Development of a distress inventory for cancer: preliminary results.

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    Thomas B

    2002-01-01

    Full Text Available CONTEXT: Advances in cancer treatment have led to cure and prolongation of patients′ lives; however associated psychosocial problems, including distress, can detrimentally affect patients′ compliance with treatment and ultimately, their outcome. Symptom distress has been well addressed in many studies; however, psychological distress has only been quantified by using depression or anxiety scales/checklists or quality of life scales containing a distress sub scale/component or by the use of scales that are not psychological distress-specific. AIMS: The present study is an attempt to construct a psychological distress inventory for specific use with cancer patients. SETTINGS AND DESIGN: The standardisation sample consisted of 63 randomly selected patients with head and neck cancer who had undergone/ were undergoing curative treatment at the Regional Cancer Centre, Trivandrum. PATIENTS AND METHODS: The Distress Inventory for Cancer contained 57 positively and negatively toned items. An item analysis was conducted, followed by a factor analysis, thereby identifying the domains influencing distress. RESULTS: The final questionnaire contained 26 items subdivided into four domains viz. the personal, spiritual, physical, and the family domains, with each domain providing a sub score. The reliability coefficient (Cronbach′s alpha of the scale was found to be 0.85. CONCLUSIONS: These are the preliminary results of an ongoing study on global distress and tool development process. Reported here is the first step towards development of such tool.

  20. Predictors of mental distress among substance abusers receiving inpatient treatment

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    Nivison Mary; Hoxmark Ellen; Wynn Rolf

    2010-01-01

    Abstract Background Mental distress measured by the HSCL-10 is used as an indicator of psychiatric disorders in population studies, where a higher level of mental distress has been shown to be related to demographic factors such as living conditions and level of education. The first aim of the study was to explore whether mental distress could be a valuable concept in substance use treatment. The second aim of the study was to explore to what degree mental distress among substance users at ad...

  1. Reduction in mental distress among substance users receiving inpatient treatment

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    Friborg Oddgeir

    2010-12-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Substance users being admitted to inpatient treatment experience a high level of mental distress. In this study we explored changes in mental distress during treatment. Methods Mental distress, as measured by the HSCL-10, was registered at admission and at discharge among 164 substance users in inpatient treatment in Northern Norway. Predictors of reduction in mental distress were examined utilizing hierarchical regression analysis. Results We found a significant reduction in mental distress in the sample, but the number of patients scoring above cut-off on the HSCL-10 at discharge was still much higher than in the general population. A more severe use of substances as measured by the AUDIT and the DUDIT, and being female, predicted a higher level of mental distress at admission to treatment as well as greater reduction in mental distress during treatment. Holding no education beyond 10 year compulsory school only predicted a reduction in mental distress. Conclusions The toxic and withdrawal effects of substances, level of education as well as gender, contributed to the differences in change in mental distress during treatment. Regression to the mean may in part explain some of the findings.

  2. Associations between faith, distress and mental adjustment

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    Johannessen-Henry, Christine Tind

    2013-01-01

    spiritual well-being, the faith dimension of spiritual well-being and aspects of performed faith are associated with distress and mental adjustment among cancer patients. Methods. In a cross-sectional design, 1043 survivors of various cancers filled in a questionnaire on spiritual well-being (FACIT-Sp-12...... = −0.79, CI −0.92; −0.66) and increased adjustment to cancer (fighting spirit, anxious preoccupation, helplessness-hopelessness). Specific aspects of faith were associated with high confusion-bewilderment and tension-anxiety, but also lower score on vigor-activity, and with higher anxious...

  3. Distressing near-death experiences: the basics.

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    Bush, Nancy Evans; Greyson, Bruce

    2014-01-01

    Like the better-publicized pleasurable NDEs, distressing near-death experiences are both fascinating and frustrating as altered states of consciousness. Because of the deeply rooted concept of hell in Western culture and its Christian association with eternal physical torment, they pose serious challenges to the individuals who must shape their lives around such a profoundly durable event, and to their families, friends, and physicians. In the absence of clear-cut clinical data and universal cultural views, physicians are advised that neutrality of opinion and careful listening are likely to constitute best professional practice for addressing these difficult near-death experiences. PMID:25665233

  4. Making the Grade but Feeling Distressed: Gender Differences in Academic Performance and Internal Distress.

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    Pomerantz, Eva M.; Altermatt, Ellen Rydell; Saxon, Jill L.

    2002-01-01

    There is disagreement over whether girls or boys are at risk in the context of school. Girls outperform boys in school, particularly in stereotypically feminine subjects. However, girls are also more vulnerable to internal distress than boys are. The aim of this research was to understand this pattern of gender differences. (Author)

  5. Rutting mechanisms and advanced laboratory testing of asphalt mixtures resistance against permanent deformation

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    Miljković Miomir; Radenberg Martin

    2011-01-01

    Permanent deformation in asphalt layers which manifestation on pavement surface is named rutting represents one of the most significant distresses of asphalt pavements. Depending on the level, it can be a huge inconvenience for traffic safety, driving comfort, and overall pavement life-cycle. Rutting may be classified into three basic types: one-dimensional or vertical compaction, lateral flow or plastic movement, and mechanical deformation. As an addition to Superpave® mixture volumetr...

  6. Silent surfaces : an experience in Portugal

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    Freitas, Elisabete F.; Pereira, Paulo A. A.; Paulo, Joel; Coelho, J. L. Bento; Anfosso-Lédée, F.

    2008-01-01

    It is acknowledged that traffic noise affects human behaviour and health. Measures aiming at mitigating the impact of traffic noise are not always viable in urban areas. In Portugal, road designers have recently started to consider silent surfaces as alternative within their road pavement projects. In this paper the tire-surface noise of three surface layers integrated in a rehabilitation project carried out in an urban road that carries more than 40000 vehicles per day is a...

  7. Silent surfaces : An experience in Portugal

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    Freitas, E.; PEREIRA, P; Paulo, J.; BENTO COELHO, J; Anfosso Ledee, Fabienne

    2008-01-01

    It is acknowledged that traffic noise affects human behaviour and health. Measures aiming at mitigating the impact of traffic noise are not always viable in urban areas. In portugal, road designers have recently started to consider silent surfaces as alternative within their road pavement projects. In this paper the tire-surface noise of three surface layers integrated in a rehabilitation project carried out in an urban road that carries more than 40000 vehicles per day is assessed : 1) on de...

  8. Diagnosis and distress in Navajo healing.

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    Csordas, Thomas J; Storck, Michael J; Strauss, Milton

    2008-08-01

    In contemporary Navajo society, traditional Navajo ceremonies, Native American Church prayer meetings, and Navajo Christian faith healing are all highly sought-after resources in the everyday pursuit of health and well-being. What is the nature of affliction among patients who turn to such forms of religious healing? Are these patients typically afflicted with psychiatric disorder? In this article we discuss 84 Navajo patients who participated in the Navajo Healing Project during a period in which they consulted one of these forms of healing. We present diagnostic results obtained from the Structured Clinical Interview for DSMIV (SCID) administered to these patients. We then present an ethnographically augmented analysis comparing the research diagnosis obtained via the SCID with a clinical diagnosis, with the diagnosis given by religious healers, and with the understanding of their own distress on the part of patients. These analyses demonstrate how a cultural approach contributes to the basic science and clinical understandings of affliction as well as to discussion of the advantages and limitations of DSM categories as descriptors of distress and disorder. PMID:18974670

  9. Biofeedback Treatment of Paradoxical Vocal Fold Motion and Respiratory Distress in an Adolescent Girl

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    Warnes, Emily; Allen, Keith D.

    2005-01-01

    In this investigation, we evaluated the effectiveness of surface electromyography (EMG) biofeedback to treat paradoxical vocal fold motion in a 16-year-old girl. EMG biofeedback training occurred once per week over the course of 10?weeks. In a changing criterion design, muscle tension showed systematic changes that corresponded with changes in the criterion. Overall, baseline muscle tension levels were reduced over 60%, with corresponding reductions in episodes of respiratory distress and che...

  10. Coal-tar-based pavement sealcoat and PAHs: implications for the environment, human health, and stormwater management

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    Mahler, Barbara J.; Van Metre, Peter C.; Crane, Judy L.; Watts, Alison W.; Scoggins, Mateo; Williams, E. Spencer

    2012-01-01

    Coal-tar-based sealcoat products, widely used in the central and eastern U.S. on parking lots, driveways, and even playgrounds, are typically 20-35% coal-tar pitch, a known human carcinogen that contains about 200 polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) compounds. Research continues to identify environmental compartments—including stormwater runoff, lake sediment, soil, house dust, and most recently, air—contaminated by PAHs from coal-tar-based sealcoat and to demonstrate potential risks to biological communities and human health. In many cases, the levels of contamination associated with sealed pavement are striking relative to levels near unsealed pavement: PAH concentrations in air over pavement with freshly applied coal-tar-based sealcoat, for example, were hundreds to thousands of times higher than those in air over unsealed pavement. Even a small amount of sealcoated pavement can be the dominant source of PAHs to sediment in stormwater-retention ponds; proper disposal of such PAH-contaminated sediment can be extremely costly. Several local governments, the District of Columbia, and the State of Washington have banned use of these products, and several national and regional hardware and home-improvement retailers have voluntarily ceased selling them.

  11. Integration of a prototype wireless communication system with micro-electromechanical temperature and humidity sensor for concrete pavement health monitoring

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    Shuo Yang

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available In recent years, structural health monitoring and management (SHMM has become a popular approach and is considered essential for achieving well-performing, long-lasting, sustainable transportation infrastructure systems. Key requirements in ideal SHMM of road infrastructure include long-term, continuous, and real-time monitoring of pavement response and performance under various pavement geometry-materials-loading configurations and environmental conditions. With advancements in wireless technologies, integration of wireless communications into sensing device is considered an alternate and superior solution to existing time- and labor-intensive wired sensing systems in meeting the requirements of an ideal SHMM. This study explored the development and integration of a wireless communications sub-system into a commercial off-the-shelf micro-electromechanical sensor-based concrete pavement monitoring system. A success-rate test was performed after the wireless transmission system was buried in the concrete slab, and the test results indicated that the system was able to provide reliable communications at a distance of more than 46 m (150 feet. This will be a useful feature for highway engineers performing routine pavement scans from the pavement shoulder without the need for traffic control or road closure.

  12. Low cerebral blood flow in hypotensive perinatal distress

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    Lou, H C; Lassen, N A; Friis-Hansen, B

    1977-01-01

    used for the cerebral blood flow measurements. The study confirmed that perinatal distress may be associated with low arterial blood pressure, and it was shown that cerebral blood flow is very low, 20 ml/100 g/min or less, in hypotensive perinatal distress. It is concluded that cerebral ischaemia plays...

  13. BABY EMPATHY: INFANT DISTRESS AND PEER PROSOCIAL RESPONSES.

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    Liddle, Mitzi-Jane E; Bradley, Ben S; Mcgrath, Andrew

    2015-01-01

    Empathy is an important competence in our social world, a motivator of prosocial behavior, and thought to develop throughout the second year of life. The current study examined infants' responses to naturalistic peer distress to explore markers of empathy and prosocial behavior in young babies. Seventeen 8-month-old infants participated in a repeated measures design using the "babies-in-groups" paradigm, with maternal presence as the independent variable. Significant differences were found between response types: Gaze was the standard response to infant distress, followed by socially directed behaviors and affect, with self-distress rarely occurring. Maternal presence was not found to impact the nature or frequency of babies' responses to peer distress. During distress episodes, babies looked preferentially at the distressed peer, then other mothers, and least to their own mother. Data revealed that infant responses to peer distress resulted in a successful cessation of that distress episode over one third of the time. Case studies are provided to illustrate the quantitative data. The results provided evidence of empathic concern and prosocial behavior in the first year of life, and provoke a challenge to developmental theories of empathy. PMID:26112352

  14. What Ensues from Emotional Distress? Implications for Competence Estimation.

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    Pomerantz, Eva M.; Rudolph, Karen D.

    2003-01-01

    This 3-wave longitudinal study spanning 12 months examined the process by which emotional distress contributes to competence estimation in 9- to 13-year-olds. Findings indicated that emotional distress predicted negative beliefs about the self and the world over time; these beliefs in turn predicted decrements in competence estimation over time.

  15. The Political Economy of Distress in East Asian Financial Institutions

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    Bongini, Paola; Constantijn A. Claessens; Ferri, Giovanni

    2000-01-01

    Politics and regulatory capture can play an important role in financial institutions distress. East Asia's financial crisis featured many distressed and closed financial intermediaries in an environment with many links between government, politicians, supervisors, and financial institutions. This makes the East Asian financial crisis a good event for studying how such connections affect the ...

  16. Assessing Racial Microaggression Distress in a Diverse Sample.

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    Torres-Harding, Susan; Turner, Tasha

    2015-12-01

    Racial microaggressions are everyday subtle or ambiguous racially related insults, slights, mistreatment, or invalidations. Racial microaggressions are a type of perceived racism that may negatively impact the health and well-being of people of color in the United States. This study examined the reliability and validity of the Racial Microaggression Scale distress subscales, which measure the perceived stressfulness of six types of microaggression experiences in a racially and ethnically diverse sample. These subscales exhibited acceptable to good internal consistency. The distress subscales also evidenced good convergent validity; the distress subscales were positively correlated with additional measures of stressfulness due to experiencing microaggressions or everyday discrimination. When controlling for the frequency of one's exposure to microaggression incidents, some racial/ethnic group differences were found. Asian Americans reported comparatively lower distress and Latinos reporting comparatively higher distress in response to Foreigner, Low-Achieving, Invisibility, and Environmental microaggressions. African Americans reported higher distress than the other groups in response to Environmental microaggressions. Results suggest that the Racial Microaggressions Scale distress subscales may aid health professionals in assessing the distress elicited by different types of microaggressions. In turn, this may facilitate diagnosis and treatment planning in order to provide multiculturally competent care for African American, Latino, and Asian American clients. PMID:25237154

  17. Psychological distress and mortality in systolic heart failure

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    Pelle, Aline J; Pedersen, Susanne S.; Schiffer, Angélique A; Szabó, Balázs; Widdershoven, Jos W; Denollet, Johan

    2010-01-01

    Depression, anxiety, and type D ("distressed") personality (tendency to experience negative emotions paired with social inhibition) have been associated with poor prognosis in coronary heart disease, but little is known about their role in chronic heart failure. Therefore, we investigated whether...... these indicators of psychological distress are associated with mortality in chronic heart failure....

  18. Examining Victimization and Psychological Distress in Transgender College Students

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    Effrig, Jessica C.; Bieschke, Kathleen J.; Locke, Benjamin D.

    2011-01-01

    Treatment-seeking and non-treatment-seeking transgender college students were examined with regard to victimization and psychological distress. Findings showed that transgender college students had elevated rates of distress as compared with college students who identified as men or women. Results indicated that treatment-seeking and non-treatment…

  19. Technical note on measuring run-off dynamics from pavements using a new device: the weighable tipping bucket

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    2011-05-01

    Full Text Available Due to climate change, cities need to adapt to changing rainfall and rainwater run-off dynamics. In order to develop an corresponding process based run-off model for pavements, we had to improve the measurement technique to detect run-off dynamics in an appropriate high resolution.

    Traditional tipping buckets (TB have a comparable low volume resolution, capable to quantify the highest intensities in a range of expected flows. This results in varying temporal resolutions for varying flow intensities, especially in low resolutions for small flow events. Therefore, their applicability for run-off measurements and other hydrological process studies is limited, especially when the dynamics of both small and big flow events shall be measured.

    We improved a TB by coupling it to a balance and called it weighable tipping bucket (WTB. This paper introduces the device set up and the according data processing concept. The improved volume and temporal resolution of the WTB are demonstrated. A systematic uncertainty of TB measurements compared to WTB measurements is calculated. The impact of that increased resolution on our understanding of run-off dynamics from paved urban soils are discussed, exemplary for the run-off and the surface storage of a paved urban soil.

    The study was conducted on a permeably paved lysimeter situated in Berlin, Germany. Referring to the paved surface, the TB has a resolution of 0.1 mm, while the WTB has a resolution of 0.001 mm. The temporal resolution of the WTB is 3 s, the TB detects individual tippings with 0.4 s between them. Therefore, the data processing concept combines both the benefits of the balance to measure small intensities with that of the TB to measure high flow intensities.

    During a five months period (July to November 2009 154 rain events were detected. Accordingly, the TB and WTB detected 47 and 121 run-off events. The total run-off was 79.6 mm measured by the WTB which was 11 % higher than detected by the TB. 95 % of that difference can be appointed to water, which evaporated from the TB. To derive a surface storage estimation, we analyzed the WTB and TB data for rain events without run-off. According to WTB data, the surface storage of the permeable pavement is 1.7 mm, while using TB data leads to an overestimation of 47 % due to low volume resolution of the TB.

    Combining traditional TB with modern, fast, high resolution digital balances offers the opportunity to upgrade existing TB systems in order to improve their volume detection limit and their temporal resolution, which is of great advantage for the synchronization of water balance component measurements and the investigation of hydrological processes. Furthermore, we are able to quantify the uncertainty of flow measurements gained with traditional tipping buckets.

  20. Technical note on measuring run-off dynamics from pavements using a new device: the weighable tipping bucket

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    Nehls, T.; Rim, Y. Nam; Wessolek, G.

    2011-05-01

    Due to climate change, cities need to adapt to changing rainfall and rainwater run-off dynamics. In order to develop an corresponding process based run-off model for pavements, we had to improve the measurement technique to detect run-off dynamics in an appropriate high resolution. Traditional tipping buckets (TB) have a comparable low volume resolution, capable to quantify the highest intensities in a range of expected flows. This results in varying temporal resolutions for varying flow intensities, especially in low resolutions for small flow events. Therefore, their applicability for run-off measurements and other hydrological process studies is limited, especially when the dynamics of both small and big flow events shall be measured. We improved a TB by coupling it to a balance and called it weighable tipping bucket (WTB). This paper introduces the device set up and the according data processing concept. The improved volume and temporal resolution of the WTB are demonstrated. A systematic uncertainty of TB measurements compared to WTB measurements is calculated. The impact of that increased resolution on our understanding of run-off dynamics from paved urban soils are discussed, exemplary for the run-off and the surface storage of a paved urban soil. The study was conducted on a permeably paved lysimeter situated in Berlin, Germany. Referring to the paved surface, the TB has a resolution of 0.1 mm, while the WTB has a resolution of 0.001 mm. The temporal resolution of the WTB is 3 s, the TB detects individual tippings with 0.4 s between them. Therefore, the data processing concept combines both the benefits of the balance to measure small intensities with that of the TB to measure high flow intensities. During a five months period (July to November 2009) 154 rain events were detected. Accordingly, the TB and WTB detected 47 and 121 run-off events. The total run-off was 79.6 mm measured by the WTB which was 11 % higher than detected by the TB. 95 % of that difference can be appointed to water, which evaporated from the TB. To derive a surface storage estimation, we analyzed the WTB and TB data for rain events without run-off. According to WTB data, the surface storage of the permeable pavement is 1.7 mm, while using TB data leads to an overestimation of 47 % due to low volume resolution of the TB. Combining traditional TB with modern, fast, high resolution digital balances offers the opportunity to upgrade existing TB systems in order to improve their volume detection limit and their temporal resolution, which is of great advantage for the synchronization of water balance component measurements and the investigation of hydrological processes. Furthermore, we are able to quantify the uncertainty of flow measurements gained with traditional tipping buckets.