Pavement Analysis (Developments in Civil Engineering)

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This book provides some simple methods for the analysis of pavements in order to describe their present condition and to predict their future condition. Functional and structural conditions of flexible and rigid highway and airfield pavements are treated. The book has been designed to assist the engineer in answering such questions as: What is the bearing capacity of a pavement structure? How good is the ``ride'' quality? How quickly will the pavement deteriorate? What will be the effects of a particular maintenance or rehabilitation measure? How much should be invested in maintaining road networks in order to obtain the highest rate of return on the investment?

The analytical-empirical (or mechanistic-empirical) method has long been recognized as a proper engineering method for pavement evaluation. Its more widespread use has been hindered by the difficulties of determining the fundamental input parameters, but recent developments like the Falling Weight Deflectometer are rapidly changing this situation. The book discusses all important aspects of structural as well as functional evaluation and presents a number of useful mathematical models that are easily programmed on a microcomputer or incorporated in a spreadsheet.

The book is written primarily for engineers involved in the design or maintenance of pavement structures and for engineering students interested in this subject. Some of the more advanced methods for computer simulation of pavement performance will be of interest to engineers engaged in pavement research, and the description of pavement management systems will also be of interest to those in airport administration, highway agencies etc.

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...a valuable reference source for those wishing to gain an understanding of the basic concepts of pavement response and performance.
Australian Road Research

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