Prediction of Spalling and Roughness in the Mechanistic-Empirical Pavement Design Guide

This paper documents an assessment of the prediction of joint spalling and International Roughness Index (IRI) for jointed plain concrete pavements (JPCP) in the Mechanistic- Empirical Design Guide (MEPDG) report and software. The role of joint sealant type in the prediction of spalling is examined, as well as the sensitivity of predicted IRI to predicted spalling and other factors. Limitations of the predictive accuracy of the MEDG spalling and IRI models are detailed. Users of the MEPDG and its accompanying software should be aware of the inference space of the data from which these spalling and IRI models were developed, and the practical implications of using the MEPDG models to predict the effect of joint sealant type, joint spalling, climate, and other factors on roughness in jointed plain concrete pavements. The MEPDG software predicts essentially no spalling for joints with preformed sealant, but substantially more spalling – and exactly the same amount of spalling – for unsealed joints, hotpour- sealed joints, and silicone-sealed joints.

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    • Abstract reprinted with permission from the International Society for Concrete Pavements.
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    International Society for Concrete Pavements

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    Bridgeville, Pennsylvania  United States  15017
  • Authors:
    • Hall, Kathleen T
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  • Publication Date: 2008


  • English

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  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: CD-ROM; Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: pp 134-152
  • Monograph Title: 9th International Conference on Concrete Pavements: The Golden Gate to Tomorrow's Concrete Pavements

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  • Accession Number: 01494490
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 26 2013 8:59AM