Pavements are extremely complex physical systems involving the interaction of numerous variables. Their performance is influenced by factors such as material properties, environment, traffic loading, and construction practices. Pavement design procedures currently in use depend heavily on empirical relationships based to a large extent on long-term experience and field test such as the AASHO Road Test. It is generally recognized that such relationships between traffic loading and pavement performance apply only to the conditions under which they were developed. Application of these relationships to other sets of conditions is quite difficult. Considerable research has been conducted over the past 10 to 15 years with the objective of applying mechanistic technology to the structural analysis and design of pavements. This paper discusses realistic approaches to implementation of mechanistic technology resulting from the previous research and two specific studies culminating in usable structural subsystems. The subsystems, in the form of computer programs, are similar in some respects, but each has unique features. After further verification and calibration, they should be useful tools in the fields of asphalt pavement research, analysis, and design. /Author/

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  • Authors:
    • Finn, F N
    • Kenis, W J
    • SMITH, H A
  • Publication Date: 1976

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  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Figures; References;
  • Pagination: pp 17-23
  • Monograph Title: Pavement design, evaluation and performance
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  • Accession Number: 00155996
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 0309220710
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Aug 15 1977 12:00AM