Development of a Regional Pavement Performance Database for the AASHTO Mechanistic-Empirical Pavement Design Guide: Part 1: Sensitivity Analysis

Optimization of transportation facilities for capacity and pavement condition could be achieved with mechanistic analysis of pavement structures. This report is focused on using the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) M-E Design Guide (MEPDG) to show the results of quantitative sensitivity analyses of typical pavement structures (rigid and flexible pavements) to highlight the main factors that affect pavement performance in terms of critical distresses and smoothness. The sensitivity analyses were conducted using the Mechanistic-Empirical Pavement Design Guide software (version 8.1). Pavement performance included specifically faulting, transverse cracking, and smoothness for rigid pavements. It also included smoothness, longitudinal cracking, alligator cracking, transverse cracking, and permanent deformation for flexible pavements. The input parameters that were varied included traffic variables [Average Annual Daily Truck Traffic (AADTT), speed, and wander] and pavement structure for selected rigid and flexible pavements. In addition, the binder grade was varied for the flexible pavements. Based on the sensitivity results, the input parameters were ranked and categorized from those to which pavement performance is most sensitive to least sensitive (or insensitive). The ranking should help pavement designers identify the level of importance for each input parameter and also identify the input parameters that can be modified to satisfy the predetermined pavement performance criteria. It is expected that ranking could also help planners to determine how traffic of heavy vehicles could be directed to enhance the service life of various sections of pavement network and to develop better maintenance strategies.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • This research was funded by the U.S. Department of Transportation, University Transportation Centers Program.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Midwest Regional University Transportation Center

    University of Wisconsin
    2205 Engineering Hall, 1415 Engineering Drive, Room 272
    Madison, WI  United States  53706

    Wisconsin Department of Transportation

    Hill Farms State Transportation Building
    4802 Sheboygan Avenue, P.O. Box 7910
    Madison, WI  United States  53707-7910
  • Authors:
    • Kesiraju, Swetha
    • Bahia, Hussain U
  • Publication Date: 2007-5


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Edition: Final Report
  • Features: Appendices; Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 54p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01053579
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: MRUTC 07-01
  • Contract Numbers: 0092-06-10
  • Created Date: Jun 29 2007 5:36PM