SYMPOSIA PAPER Published: 01 January 1997

Use of Shredded Tires in the Subbase Layer of Asphalt Pavements


Research was conducted on the use of shredded scrap tires for use in the subbase layer of asphalt pavements. Mixtures of shredded scrap tires with virgin soil provide a means of recycling unwanted tires and conserving a finite supply of virgin soil. The mechanistic procedure for the design of pavement systems requires resilient modulus values. Plastic and elastic strains were measured using external LVDT' s and internal proximity sensors. Resilient modulus measurements were conducted on cohesionless soils mixed with various amounts of shredded tire chips. The performance of the shredded tire mixture is compared to that of the naturally occurring virgin soil used in subbase applications in New Jersey. A number of experimental issues are discussed such as: method of compaction, optimum ratio of shredded tire chips to soil, optimum size and gradation of shredded tire chips, and strength testing using California Bearing Ratio.

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Papp, WJ
Rutgers University, Piscataway, NJ
Maher, MH
Rutgers University, Piscataway, NJ
Baker, RF
, Trenton, NJ
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Developed by Committee: D18
Pages: 286–298
DOI: 10.1520/STP15658S
ISBN-EB: 978-0-8031-5351-6
ISBN-13: 978-0-8031-2470-7