Modelling roughness of road profiles on parallel tracks using roughness indicators
Preprint, 2014

The vertical road input is the most important load for durability assessments of vehicles. We focus on stochastic modelling of the parallel road profiles with the aim to find a simple but still accurate model for such bivariate records. A model is proposed that is locally Gaussian with randomly gamma distributed variances leading to a generalized Laplace distribution of the road profile. This Laplace model is paired with the ISO spectrum and is specified by only three parameters. Two of them can be estimated directly from a sequence of roughness indicators, such as IRI or ISO roughness coefficient. The third parameter needed to define the cross spectrum between the left and right road profiles is estimated from the sample correlation. Explicit approximations for the expected fatigue damage for the proposed Laplace-ISO model are developed and its usefulness is validated using measured road profiles.


Pär Johannesson

Krzysztof Podgórski

Igor Rychlik

Göteborgs universitet

Chalmers, Matematiska vetenskaper



Sannolikhetsteori och statistik


Grundläggande vetenskaper

Preprint - Department of Mathematical Sciences, Chalmers University of Technology and Göteborg University: 2014:4