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Environmentally friendly pavements: Results from noise measurements 2005-2008

Abstract

CPX-measurements (tyre A) have been performed on a wide range of ordinary dense Norwegian road pavements and special test pavements, as part of the R&D project “Environmental friendly pavements” initiated by the Norwegian Public Roads Administration. The following conclusions can be made from the investigation:- New dense asphalt concrete pavements can give a tyre/road noise level (CPX) of 4-8 dB(A) lower noise level, compared to a chosen reference level for a pavement of type AC 0/11 and SMA 0/11. However, after the first winter season with exposure to studded tyres, the noise levels seems to increase with approximately 3-4 dB(A).- Dense asphalt concrete pavements with a smaller maximum chipping size (6-8 mm) give a higher initial noise reduction, but is more sensible to winter condition and traffic exposure, than pavements with 11-16 mm.- Thin layers tested in the project seem to behave in the same manner as dense asphalt concrete pavements. -    Porous pavements tested in the project gives an initial noise reduction of 5-9 dB(A), compared to the           reference level. Mainly due to wear and winter conditions, the noise reduction is only in the order of       1-2 dB(A) after 2-3 years of traffic.  -    Further research and development are needed to achieve low noise pavements that can give a        reasonable noise reduction (> 3 dB) over a “normal” lifetime of 6-7 years in a Nordic climate.

Oppdragsgiver: Norwegian Public Roads Administration, The Norwegian Research Council

Category

Report

Client

  • SINTEF AS / 90E238 / 90E266

Language

English

Author(s)

Affiliation

  • SINTEF Digital / Connectivity Technologies and Platforms

Year

2009

Publisher

SINTEF

Issue

A9721

ISBN

9788214044195

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