Evaluation of compacted aggregate base course layers

Hani H. Titi, Habib Tabatabai, Ahmed Faheem, Andrew Druckrey, Erol Tutumluer, Emil Bautista

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Field and laboratory tests were conducted on 10 projects during base course layer construction to evaluate the quality of the constructed base layers. Base aggregates were also collected from these sites for laboratory testing. The field-testing program consisted of the in-place density by the sand cone method, the dynamic cone penetration (DCP) test, the lightweight deflectometer (LWD) test, and the GeoGauge test. Laboratory tests conducted are the particle size analysis, the standard compaction test (AASHTO T 99), and the repeated load triaxial test (AASHTO T 307) for determining the resilient modulus. Analyses were conducted on field and laboratory test results. High spatial variability in field density and moisture content exists in base course layers under construction, as demonstrated by the relative compaction test results. High variability exists along the depth of base course layers, as demonstrated by the dynamic cone penetrometer test results and the estimated profile of California bearing ratio (CBR) along the depth of the investigated base layers. Spatial variability and nonuniformity were also demonstrated by the results of the lightweight deflectometer and GeoGauge, in which the layer modulus varies within a large range of values.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationGeo-Congress 2014 Technical Papers
Subtitle of host publicationGeo-Characterization and Modeling for Sustainability - Proceedings of the 2014 Congress
PublisherAmerican Society of Civil Engineers
Number of pages10
Edition234 GSP
ISBN (Print)9780784413272
StatePublished - 2014
Event2014 Congress on Geo-Characterization and Modeling for Sustainability, Geo-Congress 2014 - Atlanta, GA, United States
Duration: Feb 23 2014Feb 26 2014

Publication series

NameGeotechnical Special Publication
Number234 GSP
ISSN (Print)0895-0563


Other2014 Congress on Geo-Characterization and Modeling for Sustainability, Geo-Congress 2014
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityAtlanta, GA

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Architecture
  • Building and Construction
  • Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology


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