Influence of moisture on Resilient Deformation behaviour of Unbound Granular Materials

This study investigated the influence of moisture on the Resilient Deformation (RD) properties of Unbound Granular Materials (UGMs). A typical UGM used in pavement constructions with three different grain size distributions were tested with a range of moisture contents using Repeated Load Triaxial tests (RLTTs). From the European standard, the procedure for the study of the RD behaviour was used where each stress path is applied for 100 cycles. Additionally, the Multi-Stage (MS) loading procedure for the study of the permanent deformation behaviour were used where each stress path is applied for 10,000 cycles, to compare the results using the two test procedures. Results showed that resilient modulus (MR) generally decreased with increase in moisture, where the finer grading was more affected. However, for the MS RLTTs, after a large number of load applications, some increase in MR with increasing moisture was observed. This happened when the moisture content increased up to close to the optimum; above the optimum, MR always decreased. This may be due to Post-Compaction (PC) aided by moisture in MS RLTTs where a large number of load cycles were applied.



Open seminar with Mistra SAMS international scientific advisory...

Mistra SAMS international scientific advisory panel (ISAP) is visiting Stockholm, and the program will host an open seminar where the panel members will give talks in their area of expertise.

ERPUG 2017

The five year anniversary of  European Road Profile Users' Group (ERPUG) Forum will take place at Ramboll head quarter, Copenhagen, Denmark October 19-20, 2017. 



Vehicle Driver Monitoring: sleepiness and cognitive load

To prevent road crashes it is important to understand driver related contributing factors, which have been suggested to be the critical reason in 94 per cent of crashes. The overall aim of the project Vehicle Driver Monitoring has been to advance the...


Tomas Svensson new director-general

Tomas Svensson was today appointed Director-General of VTI. Tomas has been acting Director-General since January 2017. 


Crash testing bicycles at VTI

For the first time single bicycle crashes have been simulated at the VTI crash safety laboratory.


A case study exploring firefighters’ and municipal officials’ preparedness for electrical vehicles

A VTI-study presents a social perspective on new vehicle technology. It explores the self-reported preparedness of the fire departments (i.e., rescue services) in Sweden’s three largest cities regarding rescue operations involving electrical vehicles (EVs).


Pioneering research on and about bicycles at VTI

Under what circumstances might cyclists lose tyre grip? What actions could then be taken to prevent a crash? VTI is currently developing a theoretical model of the behaviour of bicycle tyres during braking and steering in different situations and on different...


Virtual pedestrians create efficient stations

If more people are to choose sustainable travel, then the public transport stations of the future must be designed so that pedestrians can get where they are going quickly, without congestion or queues. The Swedish Road and Transport Research Institute (VTI)...