Deliverable D7. outline of a new empirical road damage experiment

Bernhard Hofko
Ronald Blab
Robert Karlsson

Efficiency as well as sustainability regarding road infrastructure can only be achieved when construction and maintenance also work efficiently and sustainably. Therefore a deeper knowledge of the complex material-vehicle-environment interaction is needed to develop an improved relationship between pavement deterioration and material, environment and vehicle parameters. In order to create an enhanced rule for this interaction, it is necessary to combine comprehensive material testing with statistical, analytical and numerical methods that have been developed in the last 50 years. This can only be achieved if the research is done on a European level by EURODEX, a EUuropean ROad Damage EXperiment. Results from this experiment will lead to an improved pavement performance and deterioration model that can be used for various means. On the one hand it will be a strong tool for a fair and sustainable transport pricing on European roads, on the other hand it can be used to make pavement design and construction as well as maintenance more efficient and economic. This report of deliverable D7, Outline of a new empirical Road Damage Experiment, gives a preliminary design and layout for EURODEX. Therefore an inventory of European ALT facilities is provided, the most important factors for pavement deterioration, distress and performance are described and guidelines for common data acquisition, data storage and retrieval are given. Furthermore a strategic plan for EURODEX has been developed within this WP. Basic information on pavement engineering and a detailed analysis of pavement deterioration factors, pavement distress, as well as current modelling of pavement performance and methods of maintenance and reconstruction are given in Appendix A.



Cost Benefit Analysis (CBA) workshop in Stockholm

An open seminar and workshop in Stockholm will be held on 25-26 April 2018. The workshop deals with the use of CBA as a basis for decision-making in the public sector. The workshop is organized by, among others, Professor Jan-Eric Nilsson, VTI.



Ulf Sandberg has been presented with the TTI Lifetime Achievement Award 2018

VTI’s Senior Research Leader Ulf Sandberg has been presented with the TTI Lifetime Achievement Award 2018 for his work on research into tyres and road surface.


Steps need to be taken to increase traffic safety of automated cars

Several steps are necessary to ensure that automated and connected cars will lead to increased traffic safety – everything from ensuring that technology takes vulnerable road users into account, to new forms of driver training. This has emerged in a position...


FALCON examines challenges in the transport sector

VTI is one of several important partners in the major FALCON project*, whose purpose is to create knowledge and insight regarding the transport sector. In an initial subproject, VTI has produced a manual on transport, logistics and multimodality.


VTI joined research cooperation in China

In December 2017 VTI became a member of China-Sweden Research Centre for Traffic Safety (CTS).


Swedish German research collaboration on Electric Road Systems

The project “Swedish-German research collaboration on Electric Road Systems” (CollERS) has now officially started. The goal of the project is to increase the common knowledge around Electric Road Systems by cooperation between Germany and Sweden and to...


Electric Road Systems Conference 2018

After a successful first conference in June 2017, the Swedish research and innovation platform for electric roads is arranging the second dedicated International Conference on Electric Road Systems (ERS) June 13th and 14th 2018.