Runoff and infiltration characteristics of pavement structures - review of an extensive monitoring program

Institute of Urban Water Management, University of Kaiserslautern, Paul-Ehrlich-Strasse 14, Kaiserslautern, Germany.
Water Science & Technology (Impact Factor: 1.11). 02/2007; 56(10):133-40. DOI: 10.2166/wst.2007.750
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The stormwater runoff and infiltration performance of permeable pavements has been systematically evaluated within an intensive monitoring program. The primary objective of the investigation was to generate a broad database, which enables the development of an advanced simulation module for urban drainage modelling. Over 160 field and lab scale experiments have been completed and analyzed for surface runoff and infiltration characteristics. The test series include several pavement types under various boundary conditions such as diverse precipitation impacts, varying surface slope and layer construction as well as different stages of surface clogging and several base and subgrade layer characteristics. The results represent a reliable and comprehensive database that allows profound conclusions and substantial recommendations.

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    • "The surface runoff contained TSS in the Young (2008) research was applied continuously and from top of the pavement [7]. Illgen et al. (2007) conducted a study on permeable pavement clogging phenomenon. The TSS used in this survey were silica stones [8]. "
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