Measurement of Pavement Surface Variations;HR-152, July 1974

(1974) Measurement of Pavement Surface Variations;HR-152, July 1974. Transportation, Department of


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The measurement of pavement roughness has been the concern of highway engineers for more than 70 years. This roughness is referred to as "riding quality" by the traveling public. Pavement roughness evaluating devices have attempted to place either a graphical or numerical value on the public's riding comfort or discomfort. Early graphical roughness recorders had many different designs. In 1900 an instrument called the "Viagraph" was developed by an Irish engineer.' The "Viagraph" consisted of a twelve foot board with graphical recorder drawn over the pavement. The "Profilometer" built in Illinois in 1922 was much more impressive. ' The instrument's recorder was mounted on a frame supported by 32 bicycle wheels mounted in tandem. Many other variations of profilometers with recorders were built but most were difficult to handle and could not secure uniformly reproducible results. The Bureau of Public Roads (BPR) Road Roughness Indicator b u i l t in 1941 is the most widely used numerical roughness recorder.' The BPR Road Roughness Indicator consists of a trailer unit with carefully selected springs, means of dampening, and balanced wheel.

Item Type: Departmental Report
Keywords: Concern, Transportation, Research, Highways, HR-152
Subjects: Transportation > Research
Transportation > Research > Concrete
Transportation > Roads and highways
ID Code: 11301
Deposited By: Margaret Barr
Deposited On: 25 Jul 2011 16:23
Last Modified: 13 Dec 2017 15:04