A REVIEW OF CALIFORNIA STRUCTURAL SECTION DESIGN PROCEDURES

The structural section design procedures in use by the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) are generally empirical in nature. These procedures are based upon previously encountered general design conditions such as traffic, materials, and environment but are not responsive to changes in these conditions. In an attempt to correct some of these deficiences, several "rational" structural section design methods were reviewed. A summary of this review is presented and some modifications of the current Caltrans' procedures are suggested in an attempt to make these procedures more responsive to the variety of design considerations encountered in California. The effect of these suggested changes has been estimated using the actual performance of several pavements wherein the as-built design was compared with designs developed per the present Caltrans' procedure and per some of these "rational" procedures. /FHWA/

  • Corporate Authors:

    California Department of Transportation

    Transportation Laboratory
    5900 Folsom Boulevard
    Sacramento, CA  USA  95819
  • Authors:
    • Baumeister, K L
    • Doty, R N
  • Publication Date: 1978-4

Media Info

  • Pagination: 70 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00188522
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Federal Highway Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: FHWA-CA-TL-78-07 Final Rpt., FCP 45C2-262
  • Contract Numbers: D-5-41
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT, STATEDOT
  • Created Date: Mar 14 1979 12:00AM