Investigation of Improved Compaction by Rubber-tire Rollers: Final Report

Report No: 88-R7

Published in 1987

About the report:

The study consisted of a review of the literature and field testing on five projects. The field testing on each project consisted of rolling a conventional section using the contractor's steel-wheel rollers and rolling a test section using a rubber-tire roller as an intermediate roller. The primary benefits found were decreased variability transversely when the rubber-tire roller was used and some improvement in joint density as measured by the nuclear gauge. It was recommended that consideration be given to using a rubber-tire roller where the compaction train does not provide sufficiently dense joints or reasonably uniform compaction.

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.


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Charles S. Hughes, P.E.

Last updated: December 29, 2023

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