A practical approach to falling-weight deflectometer (FWD) data reduction Academic Article uri icon

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abstract

  • The authors present a simplified methodology for preprocessing falling-weight deflectometer (FWD) data, which identify a pseudo-static pavement response to surface loading. This allows one to employ static analysis to back-calculate the mechanical properties of the pavement–subgrade system. It is shown that the subgrade modulus can be identified, independent of the details of the pavement structure itself, at least for a two-layer system. The quality of the effective shear modulus is sensitive to the value of Poisson's ratio selected.Key words: pavement–subgrade system, subgrade modulus, back-calculation, FWD.

publication date

  • April 1, 2005