Tandem Roller. Monday , June 04th , 2018 - 15:17:50 PM
In some parts of the world road rollers are still known colloquially as steam rollers regardless of their method of propulsion. This typically only applies to the largest examples
Road rollers use the weight of the vehicle to compress the surface being rolled (static) or use mechanical advantage (vibrating). Initial compaction of the substrate on a road project is done using a padfoot drum roller which achieves higher compaction density due to the pads having less surface area. On large freeways a four wheel compactor with padfoot drum and a blade such as a Caterpillar 815/825 series machine would be used due to its high weight speed and the powerful pushing force to spread bulk material. On regional roads a smaller single padfoot drum machine may be used.
The next course (road base) would be compacted using a smooth single drum smooth tandem roller or pneumatic tyre roller in combination with a grader and a water truck to achieve the desired flat surface with the right moisture content for optimum compaction. Once the road base is compacted the smooth single drum compactor is no longer used on the road surface (There is however an exception if the single drum has special flat-wide-base tyres on the machine).
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