ASTM E2157 - 09

    Standard Test Method for Measuring Pavement Macrotexture Properties Using the Circular Track Meter

    Active Standard ASTM E2157 | Developed by Subcommittee: E17.23

    Book of Standards Volume: 04.03


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    Significance and Use

    In the PIARC International Experiment (1) it was found that the volumetric mean texture depth (MTD) was highly correlated to the speed constant of the International Friction Index. It has been found that the average of the MPD values for the eight segments using the CTMeter is extremely highly correlated with the MTD and can replace the volumetric measurement for determination of the MTD (2). The recommended relationship for the estimate of the MTD from the MPD by the CTMeter is:



    Where MTD and MPD are expressed in millimetres.

    Note 1—These equations differ from those given in Practice E1845, which are for the estimated texture depths from linear profiles.

    Comparison of the MPD and the RMS for a surface provides information of the nature of the texture, that is, whether the texture is positive or negative (3).

    Analysis of the individual segments can be performed to examine the profile parallel to the direction of travel (Segments A and E) and perpendicular to the direction of travel (Segments C and G). This information could be particularly useful in the study of surfaces that have texture with significant directional characteristics.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This test method covers the procedure for obtaining and analyzing pavement macrotexture profiles using the Circular Track Meter (CTMeter).

    1.2 The CTMeter consists of a charge coupled device (CCD) laser displacement sensor that is mounted on an arm that rotates such that the displacement sensor follows a circular track having a diameter of 284 mm.

    1.3 The CTMeter is designed to measure the same circular track that is measured by the Dynamic Friction Tester
    (DFTester).

    1.4 The CTMeter can be used both for laboratory investigations and in the field on actual paved surfaces.

    1.5 The software developed for the CTMeter reports the mean profile depth (MPD) and the root mean square (RMS) values of the macrotexture profiles.

    1.6 The values stated in SI units are to be regarded as standard. No other units of measurement are included in this standard.

    1.7 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

    E1845 Practice for Calculating Pavement Macrotexture Mean Profile Depth

    E1911 Test Method for Measuring Paved Surface Frictional Properties Using the Dynamic Friction Tester

    Other Document

    Manufacturers“ Sunny Koken Company, 3-8-4 Shinsayama, Sayama-shi, Saitama-ken, Japan 1331


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 93.080.20 (Road construction materials)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 30120000(Roads and landscape); 41114508(Surface testers)


    DOI: 10.1520/E2157-09

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