Investigating the causes of roads deterioration in the form of potholes using non-destructive testing

Naveed, Muhammad ORCID:, Turrakheil, Kanishka S., Tosti, Fabio ORCID: and Alani, Amir (2020) Investigating the causes of roads deterioration in the form of potholes using non-destructive testing. In: EGU General Assembly 2020, 03 - 08 May 2020, Vienna, Austria.

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Potholes are one of the public’s main local concerns as they cost a lot to the economy in terms of repair bills, delays while repairs are carried out and vehicle wear-and-tear. According to the Annual Local Authority Road Maintenance (ALARM) survey, eliminating the pothole backlog in England and Wales would cost £9.8bn and take a decade to complete despite increased local roads investment. The aim of this study is to research why potholes occur in the first place using non-destructive testing (NDT) and potential remedies in terms of the development of effective design and innovative materials to prevent their formation in future. To investigate the causes of potholes formation, in-situ use of NDT methods such as groundpenetrating radar (GPR) has proven effectiveness as roads remain in continuous use. Analysis of GPR data can provide information on layer depths, material condition, moisture, voiding, reinforcement and location of other features [1, 2, 3]. Through our results, we will test two hypothesis; (i) shallow potholes are formed on loss of adhesion of the surface course, (ii) deep potholes are formed due to the loss of bearing capacity or settlement of the subgrade. Poor drainage in combination of heavy loads trigger shallow potholes while extreme wetting-drying cycles as a result of climate change decayed subgrade conditions of the pavement. Results presented in this abstract are part of a PhD project funded by the University of West London.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Identifier: 10.5194/egusphere-egu2020-12032
Identifier: 10.5194/egusphere-egu2020-12032
Keywords: Non-Destructive Testing (NDT); Road deterioration; Potholes; Pavement engineering
Subjects: Construction and engineering > Civil and environmental engineering
Construction and engineering > Built environment
Construction and engineering > Civil and structural engineering
Construction and engineering
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Depositing User: Livia Lantini
Date Deposited: 09 Feb 2020 13:10
Last Modified: 28 Aug 2021 07:12


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