Sample Rigid Pavement Design Tables Based on Version 0.8 of the Mechanistic Empirical Pavement Design Guide

This study presents a sample catalog of simple design tables based on Mechanistic Empirical Pavement Design Guide (MEPDG) software developed as part of the NCHRP 1-37a project for rigid pavement design in California. Simple design tools based on the software, such as a catalog, produce some of the benefits of ME design procedures and serve as a starting point to understand the needs for a full-scale implementation of ME procedures in the future. This tech memo explains the need for using simple design tools such as a catalog instead of the actual software, the issues that had to be addressed to transition from current empirical design procedures to design tables based on ME principles, and the procedure adopted for developing these design tables. Key variables to be included in the catalog were selected based on results from sensitivity analyses. Various combinations of different factor levels of these variables were run and the results synthesized into design tables based on a set of failure criteria. In addition to describing the development of the design catalog, this study also discusses limitations regarding the catalog and observations about version 0.8 of the MEPDG software.

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    • Partnered Pavement Research Program (PPRC) Contract Strategic Plan Element 4.1: "Development of the first version of a Mechanistic Empirical Pavement Rehabilitation, Reconstruction and New Pavement Design Procedure for Rigid and Flexible Pavements"
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    University of California, Davis

    Pavement Research Center, One Shields Avenue
    Davis, CA  United States  95616

    California Department of Transportation

    Division of Research and Innovation
    1227 O Street, MS-83
    Sacramento, CA  United States  94273-0001

    California Department of Transportation

    Office of Roadway Research
  • Authors:
    • Kannekanti, Venkata
    • Harvey, John T
  • Publication Date: 2006-6


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  • Accession Number: 01052225
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: UC Berkeley Transportation Library
  • Report/Paper Numbers: UCPRC-TM-2006-04, S/CA/RI-2006/26
  • Created Date: May 17 2007 7:18PM