MECCHANISTIC EVALUATION AND CALIBRATION OF THE AASHTO DESIGN EQUATIONS AND MECHANISTIC ANALYSIS OF THE SHRP ASPHALT SURFACED PAVEMENT SECTIONS

Mechanistic evaluation of the AASHTO flexible design equations was conducted by using 243 artificial pavement sections with various layer properties, roadbed soil modulus, and traffic volumes. Throughout the analyses it is assumed that the mechanistic responses (stresses, strains, and deflections) of the pavement sections due to an applied 9,000-pound of load are indicative of the level of damage delivered to these sections. Results of the analyses indicated that while the AASHTO design method produces pavement sections with an almost equal level of protection, the damage delivered to the various layers vary from one section to another. It is also shown that AASHTO design method does not consistently account for the effects of the drainage coefficient on the layer thicknesses and/or on the pavement responses. A mechanistic-based modification procedure of the effects of the AASHTO drainage coefficient is presented. It is shown that the mechanistic-based method produces more consistent pavement sections and that the variations of their mechanistic responses are much less than those produced by the AASHTO method. Further, a nomograph for estimating the effects of drainage coefficients on the expected life of the pavement structures is also presented and discussed.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Sponsored by Strategic Highway Research Program, Washington, DC.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Michigan State University, East Lansing

    Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
    3546 Engineering Building
    East Lansing, MI  United States  48824-1226
  • Authors:
    • Baladi, G Y
    • McKelvey, F X
  • Publication Date: 1994

Language

  • English

Media Info

  • Pagination: 247 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00672265
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: SHRP-P-678
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jan 26 1995 12:00AM