Mechanistic performance modelling of rutting in pavement structures

A mechanistic empirical (M–E) approach has been developed and thereafter used to calculate the degradation behaviour of two arterial roads in Southern Sweden. The results were then compared with measurements from the Swedish long term pavement performance (LTPP) database. The M-E approach used was a two-step procedure where the response of the structure was calculated mechanistically and thereafter the performance predicted empirically based on scaling of laboratory test results. Extensive laboratory testing was carried out on samples taken from the test roads. Traffic counting and Bridge Weigh-in-Motion data were used to determine the amount of traffic loading, and data from weather stations were used to take into account the temperature dependency of the asphalt bound layers. The analysis shows that the rutting development can be simulated adequately although the calculations show slower rate than the measurements towards the end of the simulated period. The discrepancy in the rate of rutting between the measurements and the observations that was observed after about 9 years of operation might be due to the fact that no ageing or disintegration in material characterization was incorporated in the numerical analysis but surely observed in reality.



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.