Guidelines for Review and Evaluation of Backcalculation Results

This document presents a new approach to determining layered elastic moduli from in situ load-deflection data, which was developed under the Federal Highway Administration's project for reviewing Long-Term Pavement Performance (LTPP) backcalculation data. This approach is called forwardcalculation, and it differs from backcalculation in that modulus estimates are calculated directly from the load and deflection data using closed-form formulae rather than through iteration. The closed-form forwardcalculation equations are used for the subgrade and the bound surface course, respectively, for both flexible and rigid pavement falling weight deflectometer (FWD) data. Intermediate layer moduli are estimated through commonly used modular ratios between adjacent layers. The audience for this document includes highway agency engineers, researchers, and consultants who are involved in pavement analysis, design, construction, and deflection data analysis.


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Media Info

  • Media Type: Web
  • Edition: Final Report
  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 25p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01025733
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: FHWA-RD-05-152
  • Contract Numbers: DTFH61-02-D-00138
  • Files: NTL, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jun 13 2006 4:26PM