To evaluate projects involving approximately 200 route-miles of interstate and primary pavements in Kentucky and Tennessee in relatively short time frames, it was decided to test, analyze, and design overlays using test equipment (Road Rater) and procedures developed by the University of Kentucky Transportation Research Program. This paper presents the analysis methodology and the evaluation and overlay designs for selected projects, including the before-and-after analysis of milling on one project.

The Road Rater applies a dynamic sinusoidal loading of known force and frequency. The velocity of the vibration waves are measured by sensors and integrated electronically to obtain surface deflections. An analysis of the shape and magnitude of the deflection bowl permits an assessment of whether the structure is performing as anticipated or whether some component is significantly weaker than designed. Analyses permit the determination of the ''behavioral'' or effective thicknesses of the asphaltic concrete layers and the in-place subgrade moduli. Strip charts of overlay thicknesses for each test point along the length of a project permit delineation of the project into relatively uniform segments. The required overlay thickness is the difference between the total thickness required for new construction to carry the anticipated traffic and the behavioral thickness of the existing pavement.

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Prepared for presentation to Federal Highway Administration Workshop on Pavement Rehabilitation (May 14-17, 1984: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma).

This report has the same content as the one with the report number UKTRP-85-11. The latter was about a workshop held in Albany, NY.