The Variability of the Indirect Tensile Stripping Test

Report No: 91-R5

Published in 1990

About the report:

The purpose of this investigation was to determine the variability of the Virginia Department of Transportation's (VDOT) indirect tensile stripping test. Five contractor labs and eight VDOT labs participated in the study. Each lab performed three replicate tests on each of two mixes, one containing hydrated lime and one containing chemical antistripping additive. The standard deviation was 3.5 percent for within-lab results and 6.1 percent for between-lab results. Lack of significant correlations between strength and voids total mix indicated that a strength correction procedure for voids is not necessary. Examination of the VDOT specification indicates that contractors need to maintain the average TSR of the alternative mix containing chemical additive at least two standard deviations above the minimum value to ensure that single tests do not fail.

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.


  • G. W. Maupin, Jr., P.E.

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