The Svappavaara road test sections: field coring and laboratory tests


This report describes laboratory testing of specimens taken from four new instrumented test road sections that have been built on E45 close to the Svappavaara municipality in Norrbotten County in Northern Sweden. The structures are located about 100 km north of the Arctic Circle in a climate that is characterized by long cold winters and short mild summers. The four test sections were built in a conventional manner. Each structure is about 200–250-metre-long with a central 100-metre-long part defined as the actual test section. All structures are in total 60 centimetres in thickness resting on top of a 70-centimetre-thick old existing road. The bitumen bound part of all the four structures consists of four layers; a thin surface course layer, two binder layers and a road base layer. All structures have the same wearing course, TSK 16 with a standard 160/220 penetration grade bitumen. The main difference between the structures lies in the binder as well as the two road base layers. As a part of the monitoring programme drilled asphalt specimens were taken in 2013 from the road structure and tested at VTI's material testing laboratory in Linköping. Furthermore, samples were taken from the unbound base course and tested. This report presents the test results for asphalt bound layers as well as for the unbound base course. For the bound layers the testing procedure included volumetric properties, stiffness modulus and fatigue tests for the different types of conventional and polymer modified asphalt mixtures. The tests were conducted in accordance with the Swedish or the equivalent European standards. For the unbound base course fundamental properties were estimated as well as stiffness and permanent deformation properties for different moisture contents.



Vision Zero for Sustainable Road Safety in the Baltic Sea Region

The conference Vision Zero for Sustainable Road Safety in the Baltic Sea Region is held i Vilnius, Lithuania. VTI is part of the organisation committé and also one of the speakers.



Users contribute to the development of train simulators

Apart from advanced driving simulators, VTI has developed several variations of train simulators which are used for training, education and research. In recent years, interest has increased drastically among major actors in the railway sector, and VTI has...


VR study to contribute to a better working environment for bus drivers

A study where bus drivers test autonomous driving in a VR environment may contribute to a better working environment with reduced stress on the driver and safer driving.


Non-native plant species spread via transport systems

Researchers at VTI have compiled a report on non-native invasive plant species in Sweden and how they spread via transport systems.


EU-project VIRTUAL: improving road safety with virtual crash tests

Crash tests are used to improve safety on roads. Therefore the EU now funds a research project to develop virtual methods of crash testing. VTI coordinates the project, called VIRTUAL. The project now invites experts interested in Human Body Modeling to join...


EU project protects cyclists and pedestrians

According to the World Health Organisation, more than one quarter of road traffic fatalities in 2010 were pedestrians and cyclists. Every year, about 335,000 unprotected road users die because of traffic accidents, which shows the scale of the problem. The EU...


Swedish organisations in EU project on traffic safety and crash testing

Crash safety testing is one of the tools used to improve safety on roads. The EU is therefore funding a research project that started recently to develop virtual methods of crash testing. The long-term goal is to supplement the physical evaluation of crash...