Development and Fabrication of the Virginia Skid-Resistance Measurement Vehicle (Model 2)

Report No: 70-R15

Published in 1970

About the report:

The inefficiency of the Virginia Highway Research Council, Model 1, skid measurement trailer, and the increasing effort expended by the American Society for Testing and Materials toward the development of more stringent specifications for pavement skid-resistance measurement vehicles made it imperative that the Virginia Highway Research Council obtain a more reliable skid-measurement vehicle if it was to maintain its level of excellence in skid-resistant highway surface development. The Virginia Highway Research Council, Model 2, skid-resistance measurement vehicle developed in the work reported here consists of a modified Ford F-600 truck chassis, a locally designed and fabricated truck body, the severely modified and rebuilt VHRC, Model 1, skid-resistance measurement trailer, and a completely new instrumentation and recording system whose components are divided between the towing vehicle and the skid-resistance measurement trailer. This report is devoted to a limited discussion of some of the parameters which were considered in the development of the VHRC, Model 2, skid-resistance measurement vehicle, a description of the resulting vehicle, and a brief description of the operation and limitations of the various systems which make up the vehicle.

Disclaimer Statement:The contents of this report reflect the views of the author(s), who is responsible for the facts and the accuracy of the data presented herein. The contents do not necessarily reflect the official views or policies of the Virginia Department of Transportation, the Commonwealth Transportation Board, or the Federal Highway Administration. This report does not constitute a standard, specification, or regulation. Any inclusion of manufacturer names, trade names, or trademarks is for identification purposes only and is not to be considered an endorsement.


  • Larry M. Cook, William H. Dancy

Last updated: February 12, 2024

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