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PAVE reports, review
upcoming NCAT training courses, query historical
view current color radar or
on the Track as of 2300 hours on May 12, 2017 (71% of the 10,000,000
ESAL goal). Rut depths,
roughness, and macrotexture are measured every week. Detailed construction
and performance information for each section can be reviewed by clicking the
links shown near the top of this page. The web interface is an ongoing
effort. Please check back often!
this project via...
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This type of research is known as accelerated performance testing (APT)
because we apply a design lifetime of truck traffic in 2 years. Over 6
million miles had been safely driven on the NCAT Track since fleet
operations for the first research cycle were initiated in the fall of 2000. An AM driver shift runs
from 5:00 AM until approximately 1:30 PM, and a PM driver shift runs from 2:00 PM until
approximately 10:30 PM. Each rig in the 5 truck fleet targets running 680 miles per
day in order to damage experimental pavements. Since all sections are subjected to
identical and precisely monitored levels of traffic, it is possible to complete meaningful
intrasponsor and intersponsor field performance comparisons. Running so many miles
in a controlled manner creates a great opportunity to conduct heavy truck research, and we
are working closely with the trucking industry to meet their research needs in a manner
that complements the work we do for the paving industry.
The Program for Advanced Vehicle Evaluation (PAVE) serves as the
operational mechanism and outdoor laboratory for Auburn University's Transportation
Research Initiative. Justification for the PAVE Research Institute evolved at Auburn as a
consequence of the ongoing research program at the NCAT Pavement Test Track. In order to
damage experimental pavements on the 1.7-mile test oval, it is necessary to run a fleet of
Class 8 heavy trucks over ¾ million miles a year. Trucking operations at the test track
provide an excellent opportunity to study issues that are important to the trucking
industry in a highly controlled and cost effective manner. The PAVE Research
Program provides vendors with the opportunity to affordably evaluate new technologies while
simultaneously providing fleets with reliable and unbiased performance data. Trucking
activities on the track also provide expertise and a base of operations that can be
utilized for off-track research. Select
reports of past vehicle research efforts are available for download.