Among the numerous materials used in the construction of highways probably none is more important or perplexing than coarse aggregate. Through past research and experience a group of procedures and specifications for selecting aggregates suitable for pavements has been developed. These acceptance tests deal almost entirely with physical properties such as gradation, soundness, absorption, abrasion, etc. However, recent data accumulated by field observations and surveys (1), (7), (8)* have indicated that some materials passing the specifications have undesirable properties which cause difficulties over a long period of time. Consequently, research directed toward a more thorough investigation of aggregates has become importunate.

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