SYMPOSIA PAPER Published: 01 January 1989

Temperature, Frequency, and Load Level Correction Factors for Backcalculated Moduli Values


It is a well-established fact that moduli values backcalculated from deflection data of one particular NDT device will be different from those of another device. Although disconcerting at first glance, this should not be surprising to the pavement engineer. NDT devices often use widely different load levels and loading frequencies. Combining this with the complex nature of pavement materials and the fact that data are often collected under different temperature and moisture conditions emphasizes the need for theoretically sound procedures for converting measured values to standard levels of load, temperature, and loading frequency. This is the subject of this paper.

In this paper are the results of a recently completed Texas Transportation Institute study on nondestructive testing. One of the major recommendations of that study are standardized guidelines for applying temperature, frequency, and load level corrections. These will be described in detail, and typical examples will be given. Of particular interest are the load level correction factors. These are demonstrated in case studies which compare backcalculated moduli values from the Dynaflect, the Dynatest falling weight deflectometer, and the Road Rater 2000.

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Germann, FP
Texas Transportation Institute, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX
Lytton, RL
Texas Transportation Institute, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX
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Developed by Committee: D04
Pages: 431–451
DOI: 10.1520/STP19822S
ISBN-EB: 978-0-8031-5087-4
ISBN-13: 978-0-8031-1260-5