Skid Resistance and Fractal Structure of Pavement Surface

  • Published: Aristotle University and Democretus University, 1997
  • Authors: O. Panagouli and A. Kokkalis
  • Date Added: 06 Mar 2013
  • Last Update: 06 Mar 2013
  • Format: pdf


To examine the road surface contribution to tyre-road skid resistance.


An attempt is made to approximate the road surface texture with fractals, in order to take into account its accurate geometry. A qualitative relationship between road surface texture, expressed through fractal concepts, and skid resistance is recognised.

Key Findings:

  • Inadequate microtexture, as a result of the presence of polishable material, drops skid resistance and enhances RTI risk.

  • Inadequate macrotexture, as a result of faulty construction practice or wear, drops skid resistance, especially in the medium to high speed range, thus enhancing RTI risk.


Skid Resistance, Texture


Greek-based research but included as relevant to UK.