ASTM E2380 / E2380M - 09

    Standard Test Method for Measuring Pavement Texture Drainage Using an Outflow Meter

    Active Standard ASTM E2380 / E2380M | Developed by Subcommittee: E17.23

    Book of Standards Volume: 04.03


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    Significance and Use

    This test method is suitable as a field test to evaluate the surface drainage, and in some cases, the internal drainage of the surface course of a pavement. When used with other tests, the outflow time may be used to evaluate the texture produced by an asphalt concrete mix, a finishing method used on Portland cement concrete pavement, and refinishing operations on an old pavement surface. Test results will correlate with other methods such as the CTMeter (Test Method E2157), MPD (Practice E1845), and MTD (Test Method E965).

    Note 1—The reciprocal of the outflow time is highly correlated with the MPD except when the surface is highly porous since the MPD is a measure of the surface texture and does not account for the water flowing through the surface pores.

    The outflow times measured by this method are an indication only, and are not meant to provide a complete assessment of the pavement surface friction, or wet weather safety characteristics.

    This test method does not necessarily correlate or agree with other methods of measuring pavement surface characteristics. It is up to the operator to determine the correlation of each method considered.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This test method covers the connectivity of the texture as it relates to the drainage capability of the pavement through its surface and subsurface voids. This is a specific device that times how long it takes a known quantity of water, under gravitational pull, to escape through voids in the pavement texture of the structure being tested. The technique is intended to provide a measure of the ability of the pavement to relieve pressure from the face of vehicular tires and thus an indication of hydroplaning potential under wet conditions. A faster escape time indicates a thinner film of water may exist between the tire and the pavement, thus more micro-texture could be exposed to indent the face of the tire and more surface friction available to the tire. The lower the number of seconds it takes to evacuate the water, the lower the water pressure under the tire. It will be up to the operator to compare the results of this test to other pertinent factors such as expected rainfall intensity and frequency, aggregate type, consistency of texture, grade, slope, expected vehicular speed, and accident history, to determine the relationship between the outflow meter reading and the likelihood of hydroplaning on a given surface. Comparing the outflow meter reading of a pavement known to have a history of hydroplaning, against one with a good history, with all other factors similar, will give the operator an indication of the outflow meter number that will be necessary to promote wet weather safety.

    1.2 The results obtained using this test method are related to the mean hydraulic radius of a paved surface and may correlate with other methods to measure texture.

    1.3 The results obtained using this test method are related to the mean texture depth (MTD).

    1.4 The values stated in either SI units or inch-pound units are to be regarded separately as standard. The values stated in each system may not be exact equivalents; therefore, each system shall be used independently of the other. Combining values from the two systems may result in non-conformance with the standard.

    1.5 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

    E178 Practice for Dealing With Outlying Observations

    E867 Terminology Relating to Vehicle-Pavement Systems

    E965 Test Method for Measuring Pavement Macrotexture Depth Using a Volumetric Technique

    E1845 Practice for Calculating Pavement Macrotexture Mean Profile Depth

    E2157 Test Method for Measuring Pavement Macrotexture Properties Using the Circular Track Meter


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 93.080.10 (Road construction)

    UNSPSC Code

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


    DOI: 10.1520/E2380_E2380M-09

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