Implementation of AASHTOWare Pavement ME Design Software for Asphalt Pavements in Kansas

Many highway agencies are transitioning from the 1993 AASHTO pavement design guide to the AASHTOWare Pavement ME Design (PMED). Pavement performance models embedded in the PMED software need to be calibrated for new and reconstructed hot-mix asphalt (HMA) pavements. Twenty-seven newly constructed HMA pavements were used to calibrate the prediction models—twenty-one for calibration and six for validation. Local calibration for permanent deformation, top-down fatigue cracking, and the International Roughness Index (IRI) models was done using the traditional split-sample method. Comparison with the results from the 1993 AASHTO design guide for ten new HMA pavement sections with varying traffic levels was done. The results show that the thicknesses obtained from locally calibrated PMED are within 1 inch of the AASHTO 1993 design guide prediction for low to medium-low traffic. For sections with high traffic level, the 1993 AASHTO design guide yielded higher thickness than PMED. The PMED implementation strategies adopted in Kansas and relevant concerns are discussed. Finally, an automated calibration technique has been proposed to help highway agencies to perform periodic in-house calibration of the performance models.


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  • Accession Number: 01699727
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: 19-05765
  • Files: TRIS, TRB, ATRI
  • Created Date: Mar 25 2019 10:19AM