Functionality of concrete pavements can be restored through conventional diamond grinding (CDG) that improves ride quality and friction. Recently, an alternative diamond grinding configuration was proposed by the Institute for Safe Quiet and Durable Highway at Purdue University as part of a nationwide interest in quiet pavements. This paper discusses the field-testing of the CDG and alternative (innovative) diamond grinding as well as the pre-existing transverse tined (TT) texture at the MnROAD research facility. Acoustic properties, ride quality and friction performance of the diamond ground surfaces are compared to data obtained in the pre-existing TT surface. The initial performance of the innovative grind over a period of 3 years is also compared to that of the conventional grind and the TT surface. Test results, analysis, merits and demerits of the grinding types are also accentuated.
- conventional diamond grinding
- conventional tining
- innovative diamond grinding
- on-board sound intensity
- smooth tyre friction