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2018 N A T I O N A L C O O P E R A T I V E H I G H W A Y R E S E A R C H P R O G R A M NCHRP RESEARCH REPORT 878 Validation of the Louisiana Interlayer Shear Strength Test for Tack Coat Louay N. Mohammad Mostafa A. Elseifi Ramendra Das Wei Cao Louisiana TransporTaTion research cenTer Louisiana sTaTe universiTy Baton Rouge, LA Subscriber Categories Constructionâ â¢â Materialsâ â¢â Pavements Research sponsored by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials in cooperation with the Federal Highway Administration
NATIONAL COOPERATIVE HIGHWAY RESEARCH PROGRAM Systematic, well-designed research is the most effective way to solve many problems facing highway administrators and engineers. Often, highway problems are of local interest and can best be studied by highway departments individually or in cooperation with their state universities and others. However, the accelerating growth of highway transportation results in increasingly complex problems of wide inter- est to highway authorities. These problems are best studied through a coordinated program of cooperative research. Recognizing this need, the leadership of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) in 1962 ini- tiated an objective national highway research program using modern scientific techniquesâthe National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP). 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C O O P E R A T I V E R E S E A R C H P R O G R A M S AUTHOR ACKNOWLEDGMENTS The research reported here was performed under NCHRP Project 09-40A. The Louisiana Transporta- tion Research Center was the contractor for this study. The research team gratefully acknowledges the participation and cooperation of the state departments of transportation, industry associations, material suppliers, and contractors in providing the test sections, tack coat products, application equipment, and other associated supports throughout the course of the project. The authors also acknowledge the assis- tance of the Technical Review Panel for NCHRP Project 09-40A. DISCLAIMER The opinions and conclusions expressed or implied are those of the research agency that performed the research and are not necessarily those of the Transportation Research Board or its sponsors. This report has not been reviewed or accepted by the Transportation Research Boardâs Executive Committee or the Governing Board of the National Research Council. CRP STAFF FOR NCHRP RESEARCH REPORT 878 Christopher J. Hedges, Director, Cooperative Research Programs Lori L. Sundstrom, Deputy Director, Cooperative Research Programs Edward Harrigan, Senior Program Officer Anthony P. Avery, Senior Program Associate Eileen P. Delaney, Director of Publications Natalie Barnes, Associate Director of Publications Ann E. Petty, Senior Editor NCHRP PROJECT 09-40A PANEL Field of Materials and ConstructionâArea of Bituminous Materials Gloria Burke, Hagerstown, MD (Chair) Jack E. Cowsert, ECS Carolinas, LLP, Raleigh, NC Dale S. Decker, Dale S. Decker, LLC, Eagle, CO Roger C. Olson, Bloomington, MN Murari M. Pradhan, Arizona Department of Transportation, Phoenix, AZ Gregory A. Sholar, Florida Department of Transportation, Gainesville, FL Matthew Corrigan, FHWA Liaison
F O R E W O R D This report presents the results of a comprehensive field validation of AASHTO TP 114: âStandard Method of Test for Determining the Interlayer Shear Strength (ISS) of Asphalt Pavement Layers.â The report will be of immediate interest to the staffs of state highway agencies, materials suppliers, and paving contractors with the responsibility for the selection, evaluation, and application of tack coat materials. NCHRP Project 09-40, âOptimization of Tack Coat for HMA Placement,â which was completed in 2011, developed, among other things, AASHTO TP 114: âStandard Method of Test for Determining the Interlayer Shear Strength (ISS) of Asphalt Pavement Layers.â The objective of NCHRP Project 09-40A was to evaluate and to validate test method AASHTO TP 114 by correlating measured tack coat parameters with asphalt pavement performance at field projects constructed across the United States to support its imple- mentation. The research was conducted by the Louisiana Transportation Research Center, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge. In the research, test method AASHTO TP 114 was used to measure the tack coat ISS on 10 field projects constructed in six states. The 10 projects included 33 in-service test sections for the evaluation of the effects of tack coat material type, pavement surface type, residual application rate, and time in service on the ISS. Further, an interface shear strength predictive model was developed for use by practitioners during the planning of overlay construction activities, selection of tack coat material type, and calculation of application rate, given the project conditions. The research demonstrated that the ISS values measured with test method AASHTO TP 114 correlated well with short-term cracking performance of the field pavements and verified that a minimum ISS of 40 psi was required for satisfactory tack coat performance. The research also established the effects of tack coat material type, pavement surface type, residual application rate, and time in service on ISS development. The practical outcome of the project is the validation of the utility of test method AASHTO TP 114 along with its threshold value of 40 psi to assess the effectiveness of tack coats to bond asphalt pavement layers to underlying asphalt or portland cement concrete surfaces. This report fully documents the research and includes three appendices presenting (1) the field project checklist, (2) photos of existing pavement distress at the Oklahoma and Louisiana field projects, and (3) a summary of test data from the field projects. ByâEdwardâHarrigan StaffâOfficer TransportationâResearchâBoard
C O N T E N T S 1â Summary 3 Chapter 1â IntroductionâandâResearchâApproach 3 1.1 Problem Statement 3 1.2 Research Objective 3 1.3 Research Scope 4 1.4 Research Approach 5 Chapter 2â StateâofâPractice 5 2.1 Tack Coat Materials 6 2.2 Characterization of Interface Bond Strength 11 Chapter 3â ExperimentalâProgram 11 3.1 Introduction 11 3.2 Project Identification 11 3.3 Project Description 14 3.4 Tack Coat Application and Overlay Construction 20 3.5 Laboratory Characterization 22 Chapter 4â ResultsâandâAnalysis 22 4.1 Rheological Properties of Tack Coat Materials 22 4.2 Pavement Surface Texture Depths 24 4.3 ISS Test Results 26 4.4 Effect of Tack Coat Material Type on ISS 29 4.5 Effect of Pavement Surface Type on ISS 30 4.6 Effect of Residual Application Rate on ISS 32 4.7 Effect of Service Time on ISS 36 4.8 Analysis of FWD Test Results 39 4.9 Relationship Between ISS and FWD Center Deflection 40 4.10 Short-Term Performance of Test Sections 41 4.11 ISS Predictive Model Development 41 4.12 Data Description for Model Development 42 4.13 Model Development Methodology 43 4.14 Multiple Linear Regression Analysis 47 4.15 Nonlinear Regression Analysis 48 4.16 Illustrative Applications of the ISS Predictive Model 50 Chapter 5â SummaryâandâConclusions 50 5.1 Conclusions 51 5.2 Implementation of Research Products
52â References 55 Appendix A 57 Appendix B 59 Appendix C Note: Photographs, figures, and tables in this report may have been converted from color to grayscale for printing. The electronic version of the report (posted on the web at www.trb.org) retains the color versions.