The full-scale Pave®MLS66 has the advantage that it can test the full depth of in-service pavements and it is small enough to limit lane occupancy on in-service roads. It is also versatile and manoeuvrable under its own power.
The trafficking is: uni-directional and simulates real truck loading to serve as a basis for theoretical modelling.
The maximum load on each set of dual wheels is 7.5tons (75kN) at maximum speed of 6 m/s (nominally 22kph), when 6 000 axle loads are being applied per hour by the 6 bogie carriages. Lateral movement of the device for simulating wander can be applied.
The Pave®MLS66 is driven by contactless linear induction motors, LIMs, requiring no gearbox thus no wear or fatigue of the drive system.