Vibratory Roller Study

Report No: 84-R28

Published in 1984

About the report:

Recently, much criticism has been directed toward the use of vibratory rollers to compact bituminous concrete. The results of the study reported here indicate that when these rollers are operated properly they can produce dense, strong, smooth riding pavements. It is important that, as with any equipment, the rollers be used properly. The authors offered the following suggestions regarding the use of vibratory rollers. 1.) The roller operator should be thoroughly familiar with the roller. 2.) The roller should be well-maintained. This is particularly true of the frequency and amplitude mechanisms. 3.) When rolling, the following vibratory settings should be used: a.) Frequency minimum 1,800 vpm; b.) Amplitude low on surface courses (for smoothness), high on bituminous base courses; c.) Speed maximum 3 mph; 4.) The roller should not be allowed to vibrate when standing or reversing direction.

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.


  • Kenneth H. McGhee, Charles S. Hughes, P.E.

Last updated: January 17, 2024

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