Archives for July 2012

Retroreflection Measurement

It seems intuitively correct to measure retroreflection as a ratio of the intensity of light returned in the direction of the driver to the intensity of their car’s headlights. This ratio would give a scale for retroreflection that consisted of a similitude (dimensionless number) between 0 and 1. Unfortunately there are practical problems with this […]

Reflective Glass Beads

Reflective Glass Beads for Pavement Markings Retroreflective highway signs and lane markers use special kinds of paints and materials. Most retroreflective paints and other pavement marking materials (PMM) contain many thousands of glass beads per square foot that are bonded to the highway with a strong binder. Instead of scattering light, as normal paints do, […]