Evaluation of U.S. and European Concrete Pavement Noise Reduction Methods, July 2006

(2006) Evaluation of U.S. and European Concrete Pavement Noise Reduction Methods, July 2006. Iowa State University


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Highway noise is one of the most pressing of the surface characteristics issues facing the concrete paving industry. This is particularly true in urban areas, where not only is there a higher population density near major thoroughfares, but also a greater volume of commuter traffic (Sandberg and Ejsmont 2002; van Keulen 2004). To help address this issue, the National Concrete Pavement Technology Center (CP Tech Center) at Iowa State University (ISU), Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), American Concrete Pavement Association (ACPA), and other organizations have partnered to conduct a multi-part, seven-year Concrete Pavement Surface Characteristics Project. This document contains the results of Part 1, Task 2, of the ISU-FHWA project, addressing the noise issue by evaluating conventional and innovative concrete pavement noise reduction methods. The first objective of this task was to determine what if any concrete surface textures currently constructed in the United States or Europe were considered quiet, had long-term friction characteristics, could be consistently built, and were cost effective. Any specifications of such concrete textures would be included in this report. The second objective was to determine whether any promising new concrete pavement surfaces to control tire-pavement noise and friction were in the development stage and, if so, what further research was necessary. The final objective was to identify measurement techniques used in the evaluation.

Item Type: Departmental Report
Keywords: Concrete, Pavement, Noise Reduction, Highway Materials
Subjects: Transportation > Roads and highways
Transportation > Research
Transportation > Research > Concrete
ID Code: 4319
Deposited By: Margaret Barr
Deposited On: 15 Nov 2006
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2006
URI: https://publications.iowa.gov/id/eprint/4319