Pavements are 3D in their shape. They can be captured in three dimensions by modern road mapping equipment which allows for the assessment of pavement evenness in a more holistic way as opposed to current practice which divides into longitudinal and transversal evenness. It makes sense to use 3D vehicle models to simulate the effects of 3D surface data on certain functional criteria like pavement loading, cargo loading and driving comfort. In order to evaluate the three criteria mentioned two vehicle models have been created: a passenger car used to assess driving comfort and a truck-semitrailer submodel used to assess pavement and cargo loading. The vehicle models and their application to 3D surface data are presented. The results are well in line with existing single-track (planar) models. Their advantage over existing 1D/2D models is demonstrated by the example of driving comfort evaluation. Existing “geometric” limit values for the assessment of longitudinal evenness in terms of the power spectral density could be used to establish corresponding limit values for the dynamic response, i.e. driving comfort, pavement loading and cargo loading. The limit values are well in line with existing limit values based on planar vehicle models. They can be used as guidelines for the proposal of future limit values. The investigations show that the use of 3D vehicle models is an appropriate and meaningful way of assessing 3D evenness data gathered by modern road mapping systems.
Ueckermann, A., & Oeser, M. (2015). Approaches for a 3D assessment of pavement evenness data based on 3D vehicle models. Journal of Traffic and Transportation Engineering (English Edition), 2(2), 68–80. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jtte.2015.02.002