Friction Symposium: 1st European pavement friction workshop

The IFSTTAR site at Bouguenais near Nantes, is to host the 1st European pavement friction workshop between 29 May and 2 June 2017

In the framework of its research into the skidding resistance of Road surfacings and the harmonisation of measurement techniques and equipment, IFSTTAR’s EASE laboratory (Environment, PLANNING? Safety and Eco-design), is to host the 1st European pavement friction workshop between 29 May and 2 June 2017. The event is intended for those who conduct skid resistance measurements, technicians working for engineering consultancies as well as experts and researchers in the field.

Teams at IFSTTAR, and before that the Laboratoire Central des Ponts et Chaussées (LCPC), and have been working on skid resistance and the harmonisation of European standards in this area for almost 25 years. In order to develop innovative technical solutions, IFSTTAR’s Nantes site has constructed reference test tracks which are unique in terms of the range of available road surfacings. These strengths mean that IFSTTAR has acquired the status of an internationally recognised expert on these issues.

This European pavement friction workshop will present tests that compare different devices for measuring skid resistance from Tuesday to Friday. These will be preceded by the calibration and verification of the equipment on Monday. This preliminary work will be conducted on the reference track for characterizing pavement surfaces. Concurrently, a scientific conference will consider the characterisation and modelling of skid resistance on road and airport pavements. This will take place on 29 and 30 May 2017. About 20 presentations will deal with the following topics: the measurement of friction, the characterisation of surface texture and recent advances in the measurement and modelling of friction.

The workshop will also provide an opportunity to evaluate the results obtained after the European ROSANNE* project. This set out to harmonise European practice for measuring the properties of roads such as skid resistance, noise emissions and rolling resistance. The tests are in question will provide useful data for the development of European standards for friction.

ROSANNE : rolling resistance, skid resistance, and noise emission measurement standards for road surfaces. This project ran from 2013-2016, was financed by the European commission and was carried out by a European consortium made up of ten or so road research laboratories of which IFSTTAR was one.

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