Investigation on Acoustic Versus Functional Characteristics of Porous Asphalt

Filippo Giammaria Praticò, Rosario Fedele, Paolo Giovanni Briante


The theoretical background, standards, and contract requirements of pavement friction courses involve functional (e.g., permeability) and acoustic (e.g., resistivity) characteristics. Unfortunately, their relationship is partly unknown and uncertain. This affects the comprehensiveness and soundness of the mix design of asphalt pavements. Based on the issues above, the goals of this study were confined into the following ones: 1) to investigate the relationship between acoustic and functional properties of porous asphalts; 2) to investigate, through one-layer (1L) and two-layer (2L) models, the effectiveness of the estimates of acoustic input data through mixture volumetric- and permeability-related characteristics. Volumetric and acoustic tests were performed and simulations were carried out. Equations and strategies to support a comprehensive approach were derived. Results demonstrate that even if the measured resistivity is very important, permeability-based estimates of resistivity well explain acoustic spectra. Furthermore, the distance between observed and estimated peaks of the absorption spectrum emerges as the best error function.


acoustical properties; functional properties; mixture composition; pavement surface; sound absorption

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DOI: 10.7250/bjrbe.2021-16.546


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