Effects of contraction joint width, fill condition, faulting and beveling on wheel-slap noise

Tyler Dare, Robert Bernhard, William Thornton

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The noise generated when a tire impacts a contraction joint, often called wheelslap or joint-slap noise, can increase tire-pavement noise in Portland cement concrete roadways by up to 3 dB as well as increase annoyance appreciably. Wheel-slap noise has a much higher peak pressure level than tire-pavement noise measured without joints. Therefore, it is important to understand methods for control and reduction of wheel slap noise. In this paper, wheel-slap noise was measured on joints with widths varying from 5-24 mm. The joints were also tested full, half-full, and empty of silicone sealant, and with step-up and stepdown faulting conditions of up to 6 mm. Finally, the wheel-slap noise levels of joints with beveled edges were measured and compared to levels from standard joints to investigate the effects of beveling and spalling of pavements on wheelslap noise.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)228-233
Number of pages6
JournalNoise Control Engineering Journal
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 2011

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Building and Construction
  • Automotive Engineering
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Acoustics and Ultrasonics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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