Sensitivity Analysis of Flexible Pavement Sections Using Mechanistic-Empirical Pavement Design Guide




Pranshoo Solanki;Banibandana Ray

Key Words

International roughness index ; Mechanistic-Empirical ; Reliability ; Resilient modulus ; Sensitivity ; Traffic


International Journal of Pavement Research and Technology

Volume or Term/Year and Month of Publication

8卷6期(2015 / 11 / 01)

Page #

433 - 439

Content Language


English Abstract

In damage analysis of flexible pavement sections, the AASHTO 2002 design guide, also called as MEPDG (Mechanistic-Empirical Pavement Design Guide), adopted a mechanistic-empirical approach. In the MEPDG, the pavement performance is computed using different input parameters that characterize pavement materials, design features and condition. However, these input parameter values are expected to differ to varying degrees and, therefore, the predicted performance may also vary to some degree depending on the input parameter values. The current study evaluated the influence of four input parameters, namely, reliability level, climate, traffic characteristics and modulus values on the performance of selected pavement sections using MEPDG software. Knowledge gained from the sensitivity analysis of different pavement sections using MEPDG is expected to be useful to pavement designers and others using MEPDG for future pavement design. Specifically, this paper focuses on the sensitivity study of flexible pavement sections at four different locations namely, Chicago in Illinois, Grand Forks in North Dakota, Oklahoma City in Oklahoma, and Houston in Texas, for addressing sensitivity towards climatic conditions. For addressing effect of reliability and traffic three levels of reliability (80%, 90%, 95%) and traffic (low, medium, high) were used, respectively, for designing flexible pavement sections. Additionally, sensitivity towards modulus of subgrade soil was evaluated by designing pavement sections containing 6% lime, 15% class C fly ash (CFA), and 15% cement kiln dust (CKD). The performance of each pavement section was monitored for 240 months (20 years) using MEPDG software by generating plots for rutting, alligator cracking, and International Roughness Index (IRI). It was found that rut predicted by MEPDG is sensitive towards climate, modulus values of chemically stabilized layer and reliability level. IRI values showed sensitiveness toward only reliability and traffic level. Alligator cracking showed sensitiveness toward climate with unexpected trend, modulus of chemically stabilized layer, reliability and traffic level.

Topic Category 工程學 > 土木與建築工程
工程學 > 道路與鐵路工程