CE  574 -  Structural Design of Pavements




1997-99 Catalog Data :

CE 574            Structural design of Pavements Structures         (3-0-3)                                                                      

Fundamentals of pavement-vehicle interaction and the mechanics of pavement response; stress analysis in flexible and rigid pavements; material characterization; design of flexible and rigid pavements for highways and airports; surface, base and subgrade courses evaluation and design; modern design techniques and their applications; cost analysis and pavement selection; computer applications in pavement analysis and design.

  Prerequisite:      Graduate Standing



     E. Yoder and M. Witczack, Principles of Pavement Design, McGraw-Hill Book Co., 1975.



     1. Thickness Design, The Asphalt Institute (MS-1), 1981.

     2. AASHTO Interim Guide for Design of Pavement Structures, 1972.

     3. Structural Design of Asphalt Concrete Pavement Systems, HRB Special Report No.126, 1971.

     4. Layered Pavement Systems, TRR No.810, TRB, 1981.

     5. Highway Design and Construction, R.J. Salter.

     6. Saudi Arabian General Specifications.

     7. Shell Design Manual.

     8. Soils Manual, The Asphalt Institute (MS-10).

     9. Full-Depth Asphalt Pavements for Air Carrier Airports, The Asphalt Institute (MS-11).





    This course is mainly designed for graduate students with some background in highway engineering, computer programming, and the fundamentals of elasticity.  Students will be introduced to the basic and advanced aspects of pavement structure design for flexible asphaltic pavements and rigid pavements for highways and airports.


Prerequisites by Topic:

    1. Basic transportation concepts.

    2. Civil engineering materials testing.

    3. Basic knowledge of computer usage.



    1.Introduction, pavement types, general considerations (2 classes)

    2.Pavement distress, pavement performance (2 classes)

    3.Stresses in flexible pavements (2 classes)

    4.Use of computer programs (2 classes)

    5.Stresses in rigid pavements (2 classes)

    6.Traffic loads and its characteristics (2 classes)

    7.Material characterization (3 classes)

    8.Pavement materials (5 classes)

    9.Drainage (2 classes)

    10.Design of flexible highway pavements (5 classes)

    11.Design of flexible airport pavements (5 classes)

    12.Design of rigid highway pavements (4 classes)

    13.Design of rigid airport pavements (4 classes)

    14.Pavement evaluation (3 classes)

    15.Overlay design (3 classes)


Computer Usage:  

     The computer is used extensively.  All homework stresses the use of available personal computer programs such as ELSYM5, BISAR, AASHTO DNPS86, DARWIN, WASTY, Bossinisque, FAA, TAI-CP4, JCP-1, etc. to analyse stresses in pavement structures and to develop full structural design.


Laboratory Projects: None



Term Paper:       Student are required to submit one term paper written to an acceptable engineering journal style in a topic of their choice that will serve their major specialty and and pavement structures and show their achievement in the course.



Estimated Content:

                   Engineering science:        40% (1.2 credit hours)

                   Engineering design:          60% (1.8 credit hours)

Prepared by:  Professor Hamad I. Al-Abdul Wahhab