The Impact of Wide-Base Tires on Pavement Damage: A National Study

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General Information
Solicitation Number: 1175
Status: End Solicitation Phase
Date Posted: Oct 21, 2007
Last Updated: Jul 15, 2015
Solicitation Expires: Oct 21, 2008
Partners: IL, MN, MT, NY, OK, TX, VA
Lead Organization: Federal Highway Administration
Financial Summary
Commitment Start Year: 2009
Commitment End Year: 2013
100% SP&R Approval: Pending Approval
Commitments Required: $1,500,000.00
Commitments Received: $775,000.00
Contact Information
Lead Study Contact(s): Eric Weaver
Eric.Weaver@dot.gov
FHWA Technical Liaison(s): Eric Weaver
Eric.Weaver@dot.gov
Phone: 202- 493-3153
Organization Year Commitments Technical Contact Name Funding Contact Name Contact Number Email Address
Illinois Department of Transportation 2009 $25,000.00 Charles Wienrank Megan Swanson 217-782-3547 Megan.Swanson@illinois.gov
Illinois Department of Transportation 2010 $25,000.00 Charles Wienrank Megan Swanson 217-782-3547 Megan.Swanson@illinois.gov
Illinois Department of Transportation 2011 $25,000.00 Charles Wienrank Megan Swanson 217-782-3547 Megan.Swanson@illinois.gov
Illinois Department of Transportation 2012 $25,000.00 Charles Wienrank Megan Swanson 217-782-3547 Megan.Swanson@illinois.gov
Illinois Department of Transportation 2013 $25,000.00 Charles Wienrank Megan Swanson 217-782-3547 Megan.Swanson@illinois.gov
Minnesota Department of Transportation 2009 $25,000.00 Lisa Jansen 651-366-3779 lisa.jansen@state.mn.us
Minnesota Department of Transportation 2010 $25,000.00 Lisa Jansen 651-366-3779 lisa.jansen@state.mn.us
Minnesota Department of Transportation 2011 $25,000.00 Lisa Jansen 651-366-3779 lisa.jansen@state.mn.us
Minnesota Department of Transportation 2012 $25,000.00 Lisa Jansen 651-366-3779 lisa.jansen@state.mn.us
Montana Department of Transportation 2009 $25,000.00 Dan Hill Susan Sillick 406-444-7693 ssillick@mt.gov
Montana Department of Transportation 2010 $25,000.00 Dan Hill Susan Sillick 406-444-7693 ssillick@mt.gov
Montana Department of Transportation 2011 $25,000.00 Dan Hill Susan Sillick 406-444-7693 ssillick@mt.gov
Montana Department of Transportation 2012 $25,000.00 Dan Hill Susan Sillick 406-444-7693 ssillick@mt.gov
Montana Department of Transportation 2013 $25,000.00 Dan Hill Susan Sillick 406-444-7693 ssillick@mt.gov
New York State Department of Transportation 2009 $25,000.00 Wes Yang Gary Frederick 518-457-4645 gary.frederick@dot.ny.gov
New York State Department of Transportation 2010 $25,000.00 Wes Yang Gary Frederick 518-457-4645 gary.frederick@dot.ny.gov
New York State Department of Transportation 2011 $25,000.00 Wes Yang Gary Frederick 518-457-4645 gary.frederick@dot.ny.gov
New York State Department of Transportation 2012 $25,000.00 Wes Yang Gary Frederick 518-457-4645 gary.frederick@dot.ny.gov
Oklahoma Transportation 2011 $25,000.00 Angel Gonzales Ron Curb (405)420-9163 rcurb@odot.org
Oklahoma Transportation 2012 $25,000.00 Angel Gonzales Ron Curb (405)420-9163 rcurb@odot.org
Oklahoma Transportation 2013 $25,000.00 Angel Gonzales Ron Curb (405)420-9163 rcurb@odot.org
Texas Department of Transportation 2009 $25,000.00 Larry Buttler Ned Mattila 512-416-4727 ned.mattila@txdot.gov
Texas Department of Transportation 2010 $25,000.00 Larry Buttler Ned Mattila 512-416-4727 ned.mattila@txdot.gov
Texas Department of Transportation 2011 $25,000.00 Larry Buttler Ned Mattila 512-416-4727 ned.mattila@txdot.gov
Texas Department of Transportation 2012 $25,000.00 Larry Buttler Ned Mattila 512-416-4727 ned.mattila@txdot.gov
Texas Department of Transportation 2013 $25,000.00 Larry Buttler Ned Mattila 512-416-4727 ned.mattila@txdot.gov
Virginia Department of Transportation 2009 $25,000.00 Brian Diefenderfer Bill Kelsh 434-293-1934 Bill.Kelsh@VDOT.Virginia.gov
Virginia Department of Transportation 2010 $25,000.00 Brian Diefenderfer Bill Kelsh 434-293-1934 Bill.Kelsh@VDOT.Virginia.gov
Virginia Department of Transportation 2011 $25,000.00 Brian Diefenderfer Bill Kelsh 434-293-1934 Bill.Kelsh@VDOT.Virginia.gov
Virginia Department of Transportation 2012 $25,000.00 Brian Diefenderfer Bill Kelsh 434-293-1934 Bill.Kelsh@VDOT.Virginia.gov
Virginia Department of Transportation 2013 $25,000.00 Brian Diefenderfer Bill Kelsh 434-293-1934 Bill.Kelsh@VDOT.Virginia.gov

Background

Recent advances in tire technology have led to the design of a wide-base tire that has a wider tread than previous designs. These new wide-base tires (445/50R22.5 and 455/55R22.5) result in a load distribution comparable to dual tires. The potential for these wider tires to be more widely adopted is high. Innovative technologies such as the new generation of wide-base tires and other factors related to trucking operations that directly affect pavement damage can be classified into three major components: vehicle-generated load, axle and tire configuration transferring the load, and pavement carrying the load. To fully characterize the damage induced by different tire and axle configurations, the effects of vehicle, tire, and pavement and their interaction must be quantified. Vehicle and tire factors include axle loads, axle spacing, speed, tire inflation pressure, and tire configurations. Pavement parameters include surface roughness, materials properties, layer thicknesses, and subgrade strength. Various research studies investigated the potential pavement damage of wide-base tires as compared to regular dual-tire assemblies. However, until the past five years, all the research studies documented in the literature were conducted on the early generations of wide-base tires. With the recent introduction of the Mechanistic-Empirical Pavement Design Guide (MEPDG), the emphasis in pavement design procedure has shifted from empirical methods to more rational approaches. Therefore, the impact of different vehicle-tire factors on the pavement damage need to be determined using rigorous theoretical modeling capable of simulating field conditions and should be validated utilizing field test response measurements.

Objectives

* Quantify the impact of vehicle-tire interaction on pavement damage utilizing advanced theoretical modeling that is validated via full-scale pavement testing. This includes the determination of the relative effects of wide-base tires and dual-tire assemblies on pavement performance. * Perform an analysis of the economic, safety, and environmental effects of using wide base tires relative to the impact on pavement performance. * Develop methodology that allows states to assess the impact of wide-base tires on the pavement network.

Scope of Work

The research team shall propose an experimental plan to quantify pavement damage due to different tire and axle configurations commonly used in the US. Upon approval of the plan, the experiment will be conducted. This may include accelerated pavement testing to validate the finite element numerical modeling. The validated models, with accelerated pavement test data, can be used to predict damage for various flexible pavement system designs. A comprehensive literature search and synthesis will be needed on the effect of wide-base tire application on pavement damage; starting with the minutes from the "2008 International Workshop on the Use of Wide Base Tires," posted here: http://www.arc.unr.edu/Workshops.html. In addition to pavement response and performance, the effect of wide base tires on vehicle handling, safety, economics, noise and other environmental factors shall be reviewed and documented. The Truck Size and Weight regulations for each state shall also be evaluated for their relevance to usage of wide base tires under study.

Comments

The recommended participation level is $25K/participant per year.

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The Impact of Wide-Base Tires on Pavement Damage: A National Study

General Information
Solicitation Number: 1175
Status: End Solicitation Phase
Date Posted: Oct 21, 2007
Last Updated: Jul 15, 2015
Solicitation Expires: Oct 21, 2008
Partners: IL, MN, MT, NY, OK, TX, VA
Lead Organization: Federal Highway Administration
Financial Summary
Commitment Start Year: 2009
Commitment End Year: 2013
100% SP&R Approval: Pending Approval
Commitments Required: $1,500,000.00
Commitments Received: $775,000.00
Contact Information
Lead Study Contact(s): Eric Weaver
Eric.Weaver@dot.gov
FHWA Technical Liaison(s): Eric Weaver
Eric.Weaver@dot.gov
Phone: 202- 493-3153
Commitments by Organizations
Agency Year Commitments Technical Contact Name Funding Contact Name Contact Number Email Address
Illinois Department of Transportation 2009 $25,000.00 Charles Wienrank Megan Swanson 217-782-3547 Megan.Swanson@illinois.gov
Illinois Department of Transportation 2010 $25,000.00 Charles Wienrank Megan Swanson 217-782-3547 Megan.Swanson@illinois.gov
Illinois Department of Transportation 2011 $25,000.00 Charles Wienrank Megan Swanson 217-782-3547 Megan.Swanson@illinois.gov
Illinois Department of Transportation 2012 $25,000.00 Charles Wienrank Megan Swanson 217-782-3547 Megan.Swanson@illinois.gov
Illinois Department of Transportation 2013 $25,000.00 Charles Wienrank Megan Swanson 217-782-3547 Megan.Swanson@illinois.gov
Minnesota Department of Transportation 2009 $25,000.00 Lisa Jansen 651-366-3779 lisa.jansen@state.mn.us
Minnesota Department of Transportation 2010 $25,000.00 Lisa Jansen 651-366-3779 lisa.jansen@state.mn.us
Minnesota Department of Transportation 2011 $25,000.00 Lisa Jansen 651-366-3779 lisa.jansen@state.mn.us
Minnesota Department of Transportation 2012 $25,000.00 Lisa Jansen 651-366-3779 lisa.jansen@state.mn.us
Montana Department of Transportation 2009 $25,000.00 Dan Hill Susan Sillick 406-444-7693 ssillick@mt.gov
Montana Department of Transportation 2010 $25,000.00 Dan Hill Susan Sillick 406-444-7693 ssillick@mt.gov
Montana Department of Transportation 2011 $25,000.00 Dan Hill Susan Sillick 406-444-7693 ssillick@mt.gov
Montana Department of Transportation 2012 $25,000.00 Dan Hill Susan Sillick 406-444-7693 ssillick@mt.gov
Montana Department of Transportation 2013 $25,000.00 Dan Hill Susan Sillick 406-444-7693 ssillick@mt.gov
New York State Department of Transportation 2009 $25,000.00 Wes Yang Gary Frederick 518-457-4645 gary.frederick@dot.ny.gov
New York State Department of Transportation 2010 $25,000.00 Wes Yang Gary Frederick 518-457-4645 gary.frederick@dot.ny.gov
New York State Department of Transportation 2011 $25,000.00 Wes Yang Gary Frederick 518-457-4645 gary.frederick@dot.ny.gov
New York State Department of Transportation 2012 $25,000.00 Wes Yang Gary Frederick 518-457-4645 gary.frederick@dot.ny.gov
Oklahoma Transportation 2011 $25,000.00 Angel Gonzales Ron Curb (405)420-9163 rcurb@odot.org
Oklahoma Transportation 2012 $25,000.00 Angel Gonzales Ron Curb (405)420-9163 rcurb@odot.org
Oklahoma Transportation 2013 $25,000.00 Angel Gonzales Ron Curb (405)420-9163 rcurb@odot.org
Texas Department of Transportation 2009 $25,000.00 Larry Buttler Ned Mattila 512-416-4727 ned.mattila@txdot.gov
Texas Department of Transportation 2010 $25,000.00 Larry Buttler Ned Mattila 512-416-4727 ned.mattila@txdot.gov
Texas Department of Transportation 2011 $25,000.00 Larry Buttler Ned Mattila 512-416-4727 ned.mattila@txdot.gov
Texas Department of Transportation 2012 $25,000.00 Larry Buttler Ned Mattila 512-416-4727 ned.mattila@txdot.gov
Texas Department of Transportation 2013 $25,000.00 Larry Buttler Ned Mattila 512-416-4727 ned.mattila@txdot.gov
Virginia Department of Transportation 2009 $25,000.00 Brian Diefenderfer Bill Kelsh 434-293-1934 Bill.Kelsh@VDOT.Virginia.gov
Virginia Department of Transportation 2010 $25,000.00 Brian Diefenderfer Bill Kelsh 434-293-1934 Bill.Kelsh@VDOT.Virginia.gov
Virginia Department of Transportation 2011 $25,000.00 Brian Diefenderfer Bill Kelsh 434-293-1934 Bill.Kelsh@VDOT.Virginia.gov
Virginia Department of Transportation 2012 $25,000.00 Brian Diefenderfer Bill Kelsh 434-293-1934 Bill.Kelsh@VDOT.Virginia.gov
Virginia Department of Transportation 2013 $25,000.00 Brian Diefenderfer Bill Kelsh 434-293-1934 Bill.Kelsh@VDOT.Virginia.gov

Background

Recent advances in tire technology have led to the design of a wide-base tire that has a wider tread than previous designs. These new wide-base tires (445/50R22.5 and 455/55R22.5) result in a load distribution comparable to dual tires. The potential for these wider tires to be more widely adopted is high. Innovative technologies such as the new generation of wide-base tires and other factors related to trucking operations that directly affect pavement damage can be classified into three major components: vehicle-generated load, axle and tire configuration transferring the load, and pavement carrying the load. To fully characterize the damage induced by different tire and axle configurations, the effects of vehicle, tire, and pavement and their interaction must be quantified. Vehicle and tire factors include axle loads, axle spacing, speed, tire inflation pressure, and tire configurations. Pavement parameters include surface roughness, materials properties, layer thicknesses, and subgrade strength. Various research studies investigated the potential pavement damage of wide-base tires as compared to regular dual-tire assemblies. However, until the past five years, all the research studies documented in the literature were conducted on the early generations of wide-base tires. With the recent introduction of the Mechanistic-Empirical Pavement Design Guide (MEPDG), the emphasis in pavement design procedure has shifted from empirical methods to more rational approaches. Therefore, the impact of different vehicle-tire factors on the pavement damage need to be determined using rigorous theoretical modeling capable of simulating field conditions and should be validated utilizing field test response measurements.

Objectives

* Quantify the impact of vehicle-tire interaction on pavement damage utilizing advanced theoretical modeling that is validated via full-scale pavement testing. This includes the determination of the relative effects of wide-base tires and dual-tire assemblies on pavement performance. * Perform an analysis of the economic, safety, and environmental effects of using wide base tires relative to the impact on pavement performance. * Develop methodology that allows states to assess the impact of wide-base tires on the pavement network.

Scope of Work

The research team shall propose an experimental plan to quantify pavement damage due to different tire and axle configurations commonly used in the US. Upon approval of the plan, the experiment will be conducted. This may include accelerated pavement testing to validate the finite element numerical modeling. The validated models, with accelerated pavement test data, can be used to predict damage for various flexible pavement system designs. A comprehensive literature search and synthesis will be needed on the effect of wide-base tire application on pavement damage; starting with the minutes from the "2008 International Workshop on the Use of Wide Base Tires," posted here: http://www.arc.unr.edu/Workshops.html. In addition to pavement response and performance, the effect of wide base tires on vehicle handling, safety, economics, noise and other environmental factors shall be reviewed and documented. The Truck Size and Weight regulations for each state shall also be evaluated for their relevance to usage of wide base tires under study.

Comments

The recommended participation level is $25K/participant per year.

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