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The resilient modulus test is commonly used to determine the modulus of base or subgrade materials as well as to establish their nonlinear behavior. Since the resilient modulus test is time consuming, the number of tests performed for a given project is limited. For day-to-day operation of highway agencies, a more rapid test method is needed. The stress wave (or seismic) method is being considered in Texas for this purpose. Seismic methods of testing can rapidly and nondestructively provide fundamentally correct moduli at known states of stress. Unlike the resilient modulus test, comparative field testing methods are available for seismic methods that can provide similar results under similar conditions. This paper describes the seismic test procedure and its relationship to the resilient modulus test results. Also discussed are the repeatability and reproducibility of the results as a function of operator experience, type of soil, and preparation method.
seismic modulus, resilient modulus, laboratory testing, base, subgrade, quality control, quality assurance
Professor, Center for Highway Materials Research, The University of Texas at El Paso, El Paso, TX
Research Engineer, Center for Highway Materials Research, The University of Texas at El Paso, El Paso, TX
Graduate Research Assistant, Center for Highway Materials Research, The University of Texas at El Paso, El Paso, TX