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Using FFT-based data processing techniques to characterize asphaltic concrete mixtures

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5 Author(s)
Starks, S.A. ; NASA Pan-American Center for Earth & Environ. Studies, Texas Univ., El Paso, TX, USA ; Kreinovich, V. ; Araiza, R. ; Nazarian, S.
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A natural way to test the quality of a pavement is to send signals with different frequencies through the pavement and compare the results with signals passing through an ideal pavement. For this comparison, we must determine how, for the corresponding mixture, the elasticity, E, depends on the frequency, f, in the range from 0.1 to 105 Hz. It is very expensive to perform measurements in the high frequency area (above 20 Hz). To avoid these measurements, we can use the fact that, for most of these mixtures, when we change the temperature, the new dependence changes simply by scaling. Thus, instead of performing expensive measurements for different frequencies, we can measure the dependence of E on moderate frequencies, f, for different temperatures, and then combine the resulting curves into a single "master" curve. We show how DSP techniques can help to automate this "combination".

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Digital Signal Processing Workshop, 2004 and the 3rd IEEE Signal Processing Education Workshop. 2004 IEEE 11th

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1-4 Aug. 2004