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Uniaxial Shear Tester—Test Method to Determine Shear Properties of Asphalt Mixtures

Josef Zaka, Carl L. Monismith, Erdem Coleri, John T. Harvey


The main focus of the paper is to present the concept of a newly developed Uniaxial Shear Tester (UST) and to investigate the correlation between results from the UST and the Superpave Shear Tester (SST), a tool broadly recognized for asphalt mix design and rutting susceptibility evaluation. In this study, the UST testing principles, finite element analysis of stresses, and comparison of measured data are presented. The correlation was assessed on the basis of two tests, the repeated shear test and the small amplitude oscillation test also referred as the shear frequency sweep test. It was shown that the material characteristics determined from UST and SST are highly correlated. The dependencies are discussed in the sense of linear correlation and correlation coefficients. Test variability is discussed in the paper.


asphalt mixture shear properties, Superpave Shear Tester, Uniaxial Shear Tester, repeated shear test, shear frequency sweep test

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