ASTM International - ASTM E2583-07
Standard Test Method for Measuring Deflections with a Light Weight Deflectometer (LWD)
|Publication Date:||1 September 2007|
|ICS Code (Road construction):||93.080.10|
significance And Use:
This test method covers the determination of surface deflections as a result of the application of an impulse load. The resulting deflections are measured at the center of the applied load and may... View More
This test method covers the determination of surface deflections as a result of the application of an impulse load. The resulting deflections are measured at the center of the applied load and may also be measured at various distances away from the load. Deflections may be either correlated directly to pavement performance or used to determine in-situ material characteristics of the pavement layers. Some uses of data include quality control and quality assurance of compacted layers, structural evaluation of load carrying capacity, and determination of thickness requirements for highway and airfield pavements (see Guide D 4695).
Note 1-Since pavement and subgrade materials may be stress dependent, care must be taken when analyzing LWD test data on unbound materials so that the applied stress will closely match the stress value applied by the design wheel load at the pavement surface.
Note 2-The volume of the pavement and subgrade materials affected by the load is a function of the magnitude of the load. Therefore, care must be taken when analyzing the results, since the data obtained by the LWD may be obtained from a smaller volume of the unbound materials than under the influence of a heavy moving wheel load at the pavement surface.View Less
1.1 This test method covers the determination of deflections of paved and unpaved surfaces with a Light Weight Deflectometer (LWD). This device is also referred to as a Portable Falling-Weight Deflectometer (PFWD). The LWD is lightweight, portable and generally used for testing unbound pavement layers. The deflections measured using an LWD can be used to determine the stiffness of bound and unbound pavement surfaces using appropriate back- or forwardcalculation analysis techniques.
1.3 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.