Kansas rigid pavement analysis following new mechanistic-empirical design guide

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dc.contributor.author Khanum, Taslima
dc.date.accessioned 2005-09-22T18:44:49Z
dc.date.available 2005-09-22T18:44:49Z
dc.date.issued 2005-09-22T18:44:49Z
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2097/123
dc.description.abstract The AASHTO Guide for Design of Pavement Structures is the primary document used by the state highway agencies to design new and rehabilitated highway pavements. Currently the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) uses the 1993 edition of the AASHTO pavement design guide, based on empirical performance equations, for the design of Jointed Plain Concrete Pavements (JPCP). However, the newly released Mechanistic-Empirical Pavement Design Guide (MEPDG) provides methodologies for mechanistic-empirical pavement design while accounting for local materials, environmental conditions, and actual highway traffic load distribution by means of axle load spectra. The major objective of this study was to predict pavement distresses from the MEPDG design analysis for selected in-service JPCP projects in Kansas. Five roadway sections designed by KDOT and three long term pavement performance (LTPP) sections in Kansas were analyzed. Project-specific construction, materials, climatic, and traffic data were also generated in the study. Typical examples of axle load spectra calculations from the existing Weigh-in-Motion (WIM) data were provided. Vehicle class and hourly truck traffic distributions were also derived from Automatic Vehicle Classification (AVC) data provided by KDOT. The predicted output variables, IRI, percent slabs cracked, and faulting values, were compared with those obtained during annual pavement management system (PMS) condition survey done by KDOT. A sensitivity analysis was also performed to determine the sensitivity of the output variables due to variations in the key input parameters used in the design process. Finally, the interaction of selected significant factors through statistical analysis was identified to find the effect on current KDOT specifications for rigid pavement construction. The results showed that IRI was the most sensitive output. For most projects in this study, the predicted IRI was similar to the measured values. MEPDG analysis showed minimal or no faulting and was confirmed by visual observation. Only a few projects showed some cracking. It was also observed that the MEPDG outputs were very sensitive to some specific traffic, material, and construction input parameters such as, average daily truck traffic, truck percentages, dowel diameter, tied concrete shoulder, widened lane, slab thickness, coefficient of thermal expansion, compressive strength, base type, etc. Statistical analysis results showed that the current KDOT Percent Within Limits (PWL) specifications for concrete pavement construction are more sensitive to the concrete strength than to the slab thickness. Concrete slab thickness, strength, and truck traffic significantly influence the distresses predicted by MEPDG in most cases. The interactions among these factors are also almost always evident. en
dc.description.sponsorship Kansas Department of Transportation en
dc.format.extent 2900977 bytes
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language.iso en_US en
dc.publisher Kansas State University en
dc.subject Concrete en
dc.subject Pavement en
dc.subject MEPDG en
dc.subject Kansas en
dc.subject Engineering, Civil (0543) en
dc.subject Transportation (0709) en
dc.title Kansas rigid pavement analysis following new mechanistic-empirical design guide en
dc.type Thesis en
dc.description.degree Master of Science en
dc.description.level Masters en
dc.description.department Department of Civil Engineering en
dc.description.advisor Mustaque Hossain en
dc.date.published 2005 en
dc.date.graduationmonth December en


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