ASTM E2133 - 03(2013)

    Standard Test Method for Using a Rolling Inclinometer to Measure Longitudinal and Transverse Profiles of a Traveled Surface

    Active Standard ASTM E2133 | Developed by Subcommittee: E17.31

    Book of Standards Volume: 04.03


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    Significance and Use

    5.1 This test method establishes procedures for collecting elevation and distance data of longitudinal and transverse profiles on a traveled surface.

    5.2 Results of this test are used primarily to:

    5.2.1 Evaluate the roughness of traveled surfaces, using any of several roughness indices shown in Table 1. Equations required for calculations of various indexes are contained in references shown in Table 1.

    Note 1When this test is used to evaluate the compliance of a new pavement surface with contract roughness specifications, the timeliness of the test in relation to the date of the surface's installation is of critical importance. Since most Portland cement concrete surfaces will change shape within a few days after installation—due to changes in thermal and moisture gradients which cause curling at joints and cracks and slab edges—for contractor quality control only, it may be desirable to gather profile data within 72 h after pavement installation.

    5.2.2 Investigate the effect of different construction methods on resulting pavement surface roughness.

    5.2.3 Investigate the curvature of (1) pavement surfaces due to curling, and (2) deflection of structural members within bridges and other structures.

    5.2.4 Identify the locations in need of corrective grinding.

    5.2.5 Measure rut depth using computer simulation in accordance with Test Method E1703/E1703M.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This test method describes the measurement of transverse and longitudinal surface profiles on paved road, bridge, and airport surfaces using a rolling inclinometer traveling at walking speed.

    1.2 It is designed to (1) quantify the roughness of new pavements and bridge decks; (2) Investigate the effect of various construction methods on surface roughness; (3) determine the location for corrective grinding; and (4) evaluate the effect of corrective grinding.

    1.3 The values stated in SI units are to be regarded as standard. The values given in parentheses are for information only.

    1.4 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.


    2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.

    ASTM Standards

    E867 Terminology Relating to Vehicle-Pavement Systems

    E1274 Test Method for Measuring Pavement Roughness Using a Profilograph

    E1364 Test Method for Measuring Road Roughness by Static Level Method

    E1489 Practice for Computing Ride Number of Roads from Longitudinal Profile Measurements Made by an Inertial Profile Measuring Device

    E1703/E1703M Test Method for Measuring Rut-Depth of Pavement Surfaces Using a Straightedge

    E1926 Practice for Computing International Roughness Index of Roads from Longitudinal Profile Measurements


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 93.080.20 (Road construction materials)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 41110000(Measuring and observing and testing instruments)


    DOI: 10.1520/E2133

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