Measurement of road surface texture: an examination

Tosswell, P., Firth, C.T., Powell, D.B. and Vaughan, S. (1997) Measurement of road surface texture: an examination. Proceedings of the ICE - Municipal Engineer, 121, 186-192. (doi:10.1680/imuen.1997.29880).


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This paper discusses the measurement of road surface texture and specifically the use of the standard sand patch test as a method to determine whether a road surface lies within contractual texture tolerances. The test is criticized by the industry due to the variability of the results which can be obtained. A series of tests on concrete specimen tiles with brushed and exposed aggregate finishes has been conducted which demonstrates the problem...

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1680/imuen.1997.29880
ISSNs: 0965-0903 (print)
1751-7699 (electronic)
Subjects: T Technology > TE Highway engineering. Roads and pavements
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Civil Engineering and the Environment
ePrint ID: 74074
Accepted Date and Publication Date:
December 1997Published
Date Deposited: 11 Mar 2010
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 13:07

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