Understanding asphalt compaction: An action research strategy

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Abstract

In Hot Mix Asphalt (HMA) construction, rollers provide the compaction energy required to produce a specified density. However, little is known about the heuristics used by the roller operators. This study forms part of a larger action research project focussing on the improvement of the HMA paving process. The aim is to develop a deeper understanding of the relationship between and the effect of operator heuristics, motion patterns, coverage patterns, temperature differentials and other characteristics during the compaction process. We describe the importance of the compaction process; discuss the role of the compactor operator; present developments in the use of Global Positioning Systems to assist the compaction process; and briefly discuss technology adoption in the context of the construction industry. Lastly, we propose an action research methodology involving the researcher, innovative technologies and most importantly, operators involved in the compaction process. This is expected to lead to improved control during the compaction process and consequently improved product and process performance.
Original languageUndefined
Title of host publication7th International Postgraduate Research Conference, 28 -29 March 2007, Salford, UK
EditorsDilanthi Amaratunga
Place of PublicationSalford, UK
PublisherResearch Institute for the Built and Human Environment, University of Salford
Pages456-466
Number of pages11
ISBN (Print)978-10905732-22-7
Publication statusPublished - 28 Mar 2007
Event7th International Postgraduate Research Conference, Salford, UK, 28-29 March 2007: 7th International Postgraduate Research Conference, 28 -29 March 2007, Salford, UK - Salford, UK
Duration: 28 Mar 200729 Mar 2007

Publication series

Name
PublisherInternational Council for Research and Innovation in Building and Construction (CIB)

Conference

Conference7th International Postgraduate Research Conference, Salford, UK, 28-29 March 2007
CitySalford, UK
Period28/03/0729/03/07

Keywords

  • METIS-239140
  • IR-61483

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