Los Angeles Abrasion Test

Los Angeles Abrasion Test | Lab Experiment | Significances, Precautions


The Los Angeles Abrasion test is carried out on aggregates in order to determine the hardness and abrasion characteristic i.e. ability to resist degradation due to imposed wheel load.

The principle of this test is to determine the percentage of wear due to deliberate rubbing action between aggregates.

Steel balls are used as an abrasive charge for creating the rubbing action in the test.

The percentage wear of the aggregates due to rubbing with steel balls is taken as abrasion value.


Significances of Los Angeles Abrasion Test

a. It helps to determine the strength, toughness, relative quality, abrasion characteristics and physical behaviour of aggregates.

b. It gives the idea to improve the properties of aggregates (asphalt or concrete) to bear the load and to be workable, reliable and durable for stable and stiff structure.

c. This test indicates that the materials having more abrasion is quite less hard and can be easily damaged.


Apparatus Required :

a. Weighing Balance

b. Sieves as per gradation of aggregate 80mm, 63mm, 50mm, 40mm, 25mm, 20mm, 12.5mm, 10mm, 6.3mm, 4.75mm and 1.7mm.

c. Abrasion testing machine with inside diameter 70cm and inside length 50cm

d. Steel balls (abrasive charge) of diameter 48mm and weighing between 390g to 445g.


Selection of Abrasive Charge for Los Angeles Abrasion Test

GradingNo of Steel ballsWeight of charge in gm.
A125000 ± 25
B114584 ±25
C83330 ± 20
D62500 ± 15
E125000 ± 25
F125000 ± 25
G125000 ± 25


Grading of Test Samples – *Tolerance of ± 12 %permitted



Procedures in Los Angeles Abrasion Test:

Los Angeles Abrasion Test

1. The test sample must contain clean well-graded aggregates that have been oven-dried at a temperature ranging from 105 degrees to 110 degree Celsius.

2. Then, the aggregates along with the abrasive charges are placed in the Los Angeles Abrasion testing machine.

3. The machine is then rotated at a speed of 20 to 33 rev/min.

4. The machine shall be driven such that a substantially uniform peripheral speed is maintained.

5. After the completion of the test, the coarse aggregate is removed and passed through sieves.

6. The aggregates coarser than 1.7mm IS sieve is then separated.

7. The retained aggregates are then oven-dried at temperature 105 degree Celsius to 110 degree Celsius and finally weighed.

8. The Los Angeles Abrasion Value is then calculated using the following formula:

Abrasion value = ((A-B)/A) * 100


A= weight in gm of oven-dried sample

B= weight in gm of the fraction of aggregate retained on 1.7mm sieve after oven-dried


Suitable Abrasion Value for Pavements

Sl. No.Type of PavementMax. permissible abrasion value in %
1Water bound macadam sub base course60
2WBM base course with the bituminous surfacing50
3Bituminous bound macadam50
4WBM surfacing course40
5Bituminous penetration macadam40
6Bituminous surface dressing, cement concrete surface course35
7Bituminous concrete surface course30


Precautions in Los Angeles Abrasion Test

a. While performing LA abrasion test, it should be concerned that the abrasion machine is being rotated about (20-33) rpm.

b. Test should be performed at room temperature to avoid humidity causing errors.


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