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Accelerated Pavement Load Facility

Brief Description of equipment:

The loading mechanism in the environmentally controlled chamber of the facility helps Ohio Research Institute for Transportation and the Environment (ORITE) researchers evaluate the effects of various environmental conditions, materials, and load levels on a variety of pavement structures. By applying repeated loads over sections of pavement under rigidly controlled conditions, overall relative performance can be assessed much earlier and with much greater confidence than observing test sections constructed on in-service pavements. The APLF has several attributes which set it apart from similar facilities in the U.S. and around the world.

Environmental Room Housing APLF
-Dimensions: 80 ft. long x 40 ft. wide x 18 ft. high.
-Air Temperature: 10 to 120 degrees Fahrenheit.
-Humidity can be controlled as desired: 0 to 100%.
-Access doors on both ends: 24 ft. wide x 14 ft. high.

Test Pit
-Dimensions: 45 ft. long x 38 ft. wide x 8 ft. deep.
-Asphalt and Portland cement concrete pavement can be tested.

Capabilities of the equipment:

-Asphalt and Portland concrete cement testing capability
-Full Width Capacity for two, 12-foot wide adjacent lanes with 4 and 10 foot shoulders, and 8 foot deep pit for construction of the desired base and subgrade.
-Full access for construction equipme

Location of equipment:

Accelerated Pavement Load Facility, Ohio University - Lancaster 1570 Granville Pike

Contact person for information or access to the equipment:

Name: Shad Sargand

Email: sargand@ohio.edu

Training/technical help available?

Yes. ORITE operators will run equipment and oversee use.

Fees for use of equipment?

Contact Russ Professor Shad Sargand

Website link for facility/equipment:


The accelerated pavement load facility

Last Updated: 08/08/2016