Temperature variation of flexible and rigid pavements in Eastern Saudi Arabia

Rezqallah H. Ramadhana

 and Hamad I. Al-Abdul Wahhabb

a Research Institute, King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, Box 501, Dhahran 31261, Saudi Arabia
b Civil Engineering Department, King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, Dhahran 31261, Saudi Arabia


Temperature is one of the most important factors affecting the design and performance of both rigid and flexible pavements. This importance calls for special attention and interest in research to develop procedures for design and analysis that account for temperature considerations. Two field experiments were carried out for the monitoring of temperature variations of asphalt concrete and Portland cement concrete pavements at King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM) in Dhahran, Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia. A temperature data base was developed and used to generate regression models for predicting temperatures in flexible pavements, and temperature differentials in rigid pavements, from measured air temperatures. These models are essential for pavement design and analysis.

Building and Environment
Volume 32, Issue 4 , July 1997, Pages 367-373