Impact of Road Pavement Condition on Vehicular Free Flow Speed, Vibration and In-Vehicle Noise

Authors

  • Imran Khan National Institute of Urban Infrastructure Planning, UET Peshawar, Pakistan
  • Khurram Khattak Department of Computer Systems Engineering, UET Peshawar, Pakistan https://orcid.org/0000-0001-7749-1635
  • Zawar Hussain Khan National Institute of Urban Infrastructure Planning, UET Peshawar, Pakistan https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3007-265X
  • Thomas Aaron Gulliver Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Victoria, Canada https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9919-0323

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.54327/set2023/v3.i1.48

Keywords:

Pavement Condition Index (PCI), pavement distress, road pavement condition, in-vehicle noise, vibration, vehicle speed

Abstract

Road infrastructure in good condition is a key requirement for efficient transportation systems which leads to economic prosperity and improved quality of life. However, road surface conditions deteriorate over time according to traffic loads and environmental factors. Poor road conditions lead to congestion, accidents, lost productivity, and driver fatigue. This work considers the relationship between road pavement condition and vehicle speed, vibration, and in-vehicle noise. A 7 km section of the Grand Trunk Road, Peshawar, Pakistan divided into 280 segments (140 for each lane), of length 50 m was observed and the Pavement Condition Index (PCI) of each segment was determined based on the recurrent distress type and density according to ASTM D6433-011 guidelines. The number of very good, satisfactory, fair, poor, and very poor conditions are 51, 52, 81, 48, and 42, respectively. The mobile app BotlnckDectr was employed to measure vehicle speed, RPM, noise, vibration, GPS location, and time. Statistical analysis was employed to determine the relationship between PCI and vehicle speed, vibration, and in-vehicle noise. The results obtained indicate that noise and vibration increase by 3.3% and more than 30%, respectively, as the pavement condition changes from good to very poor, and vehicle speed decreases by 8.8%.

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Published

14.03.2023

How to Cite

Impact of Road Pavement Condition on Vehicular Free Flow Speed, Vibration and In-Vehicle Noise. (2023). Science, Engineering and Technology, 3(1), 1-8. https://doi.org/10.54327/set2023/v3.i1.48