Comparing Superpave Gyratory Compactor Data to Field Cores Academic Article uri icon


  • Achieving proper compaction of asphalt pavement is crucial to its longevity and acceptable performance. Laboratory compaction is an essential part of mix design. In order for the mix design process to be effective, laboratory compaction must adequately simulate field compaction. This study used mechanical properties measured with the Superpave shear tester to evaluate field compaction and laboratory compaction. The field compaction consisted of three test sections with different compaction patterns. The laboratory compaction used the Superpave gyratory compactor with adjustments to several parameters. Results of this study indicate that current gyratory protocol produces specimens with significantly different mechanical properties than field cores produced with the same material and compacted to the same air voids. Results also show that adjustments to certain parameters of the gyratory can produce specimens that better simulate the mechanical properties of pavement cores.

published proceedings

  • Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering

author list (cited authors)

  • Peterson, R. L., Mahboub, K. C., Anderson, R. M., Masad, E., & Tashman, L.

citation count

  • 32

complete list of authors

  • Peterson, Robert L||Mahboub, Kamyar C||Anderson, R Michael||Masad, Eyad||Tashman, Laith

publication date

  • February 2004