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Heavy Vehicle Simulator(HVS)- An Accelerated Pavement Testing Facility

Instrument Details

Heavy Vehicle Simulator(HVS)- An Accelerated Pavement Testing Facility

CSIR-Central Road Research Institute(CSIR-CRRI) has acquired and set-up a national major test facility.

Make : HVS Mk4+ from Dynatest Inc.(US)
Model :  
Specification :  
Feature Capability  
Mobility Towable over long distances; self-propelled over short distances
Load Application Static & Dynamic Load Applications
Wheel Loads Mean Load : 36 - 88 kN ; Peak Load : 40 - 105.6 kN 
Test Wheel (s) Single, Super-single, Dual (truck) or Aircraft (Airbus 46´16)
Tyre Pressure Typically 560-690 kPa on roads ; Upto  1450 kPa on airfields 
Repetitions Per Day Upto 32000 (Bi-directionally) ; Upto 16000 (Uni-directionally)
Trafficked Length 8m (test area length 6m)
Trafficked Width Upto 1.5 m, depending on wheel configuration
Trafficking Pattern Variable
Dimensions Length = 22.8 m  ; Width = 3.5 m ; Height = 4.0 m
Total Mass 47000 Kg
Power Source Diesel (self contained) or electric shore power

Working Principles

APTF allows the controlled application of a prototype wheel loading, at or above the appropriate legal load limit to a prototype or actual,  layered, structural pavement system to determine pavement response and performance under a controlled, accelerated accumulation of damage in a compressed time period.  The information is highly beneficial in all aspects of pavement engineering.  APT aims to evaluate pavement sections under a range of loading and environmental conditions to improve the knowledge of the potential performance of the pavement layers and structure under a full range of operational conditions.  It is for this reason, the simulation is made for varying magnitudes of wheel loads, directional traffic and transverse shifts (wandering) and the pavement response are studied.


  • Advance information on pavement performance
  • Evaluation of New designs, specifications, mixes and materials
  • Studies for anticipated traffic conditions
  • Greater control over uniformity and quality of construction because of small size of test sections
  • Control over environmental factors such as pavement temperature and subgrade moisture
  • Simulated field conditions
  • Economical and ready to use technical solutions
  • Substantial  savings with improvements   in pavement design procedures and maintenance practices
  • Well targeted pavement research programme
  • Knowledge gained from APTF affects decision  of road authorities
  • Determination of magnitude and timing of asset establishment and preservation costs

User Instructions

  1. With the facility working on three major units(OCU,CCU and VCU) involving many specific sequences and operational algorithm, only a trained team will perform the usage and data acquisition for the client

Contact Details

CSIR-Central Road Research Institute,
Delhi-Mathura Road, New Delhi-110025
Phone: 011-26832173, 26832325
Email: director [dot] crri [at] nic [dot] in

Instrument Usage Charges(Including GST)

The evaluation being done on project mode, the charges will be specific to the technical proposal with well defined objectives and scope.