King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals


  CE  670

  Advanced Pavement Design



Instructor       :  Hamad I. Al-AbdulWahhab, Professor of C.E.

Office .            16-111                 Ph. 3828

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CE 670        Advanced Pavement Design                              (3-0-3)

 Catalog Data :                                       CE 670: Advanced Pavement Design.  Credit 3.


          Non-linear analysis; fatigue and permanent deformation; backcalculation of layer moduli; mechanistic empirical design methods; theories of pavement behavior; application of theory to the analysis and design of airport and highway pavement systems including rehabilitation design and computer applications; development of improved design and rehabilitation practices and procedures.

Prerequisite: CE 574. 


Textbooks:.  Yoder and Witczak, Principles of Pavement Design.

Reference:    Library and Web.


          This course was designed for graduate students with background in pavement design, it is intended to advance them to new pavement design concepts and failure theories; structural sub-systems and rational procedures for design; probabilistic distress models using mechanistic parameters; computer simulation and field verification; performance prediction; optimal design strategy.

Prerequisites by Topic:     

1.       Asphalt concrete design and evaluation.

2.       Basic methods of pavement design.

3.       Basic understanding of statistical concepts.



1.       Initial considerations in the pavement design process: general considerations; roadbed soils; base and subbase materials; paving materials; drainage design; measures of pavement performance; vehicle, traffic and environmental considerations; variability and reliability in pavement design (8 classes)

2.       Modeling of pavement behavior.  Empirical and Mechanistic pavement models.  Rutting, Fatigue and thermal cracking , and pavement roughness models. (7 classes)

3.       Flexible pavement design: basic principles, AASHTO 2002 and other design methods including pavement shoulder (8 classes)

4.       Rigid pavement design: basic principles; AASHTO 2002 and other methods including shoulder and composite pavements (8 classes)

5.       Overlay design: flexible, rigid, composite and combinations (6 classes)

6.       Pavement response analysis (including performance). Layered systems, linear , nonlinear, viscoelastic and combination  analysis. (8 classes)


Computer Usage:    All the homeworks require the use of  PC software such as Mechpave, ELSYM5, VESYS, WESDEF, PCA, Deflect, Predict, Temperd, etc.








1.       Initial considerations in the pavement design process:

          1.1. General considerations

          1.2. Roadbed soils

          1.3. Base and subbase materials

          1.4. Paving materials

          1.5. drainage design

          1.6. Measures of pavement performance

          1.7. Vehicle, traffic and environmental considerations

          1.8. Variability and reliability in pavement design.

2.       Modeling of pavement behavior:

          2.2.  Empirical and Mechanistic pavement models. 

          2.3. Rutting.

          2.4. Fatigue

          2.5. Thermal cracking

          2.6. Pavement roughness.

3.       Flexible pavement design:

          3.1. Basic principles

          3.2. AASHTO 2002

          3.3. Other design methods

          3.4. Pavement shoulder.

4.       Rigid pavement design:

          4.1. Basic principles

          4.2. AASHTO 2002

          4.3. Other methods

          4.4. shoulder and composite pavements.

5.       Overlay design:

          5.1. Flexible

          5.2. Rigid

          5.3. Composite and combinations.

6.       Pavement response analysis (including performance):

          6.1. Layered systems.

          6.2. linear

          6.3. Nonlinear

          6.4. Viscoelastic

          6.5. Combination.