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    Optimization of Road-Surface Characteristics: A Concept for a Research Program in the Federal Republic of Germany

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    In recent years, the research activities in the Federal Republic of Germany in respect to road-surface characteristics have concentrated mainly on maximizing or minimizing single road-surface characteristics. Now the optimization of all road-surface properties as a whole has priority as an actual aim within a research program. This paper describes the influences, basic characteristics, derived characteristics, and objectives for an optimization process and their many mutual relationships. A ranking of these relationships is also given.


    road surface, road-surface characteristics, optimization

    Author Information:

    Hiersche, E-U
    Professor, Lehrstuhl für Straßen- und Eisenbahnwesen, Universität Karlsruhe, Karlsruhe,

    Committee/Subcommittee: E17.51

    DOI: 10.1520/STP23385S