Implementation of the Mechanistic-empirical Pavement Design Guide in Utah

Implementation of the Mechanistic-empirical Pavement Design Guide in Utah

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qHighway agencies across the nation are moving towards implementation of the new AASHTO Mechanistic- Empirical Pavement Design Guide (MEPDG) for pavement design. The objective of this project was to implement the MEPDG into the daily operations of the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT). The implementation of the MEPDG as a UDOT standard required modifications in some UDOT pavement design protocols (i.e., lab testing procedures, equipment, and protocols, traffic data reporting, software issues, design output interpretation, and others). A key requirement is validation of the MEPDG's nationally calibrated pavement distress and smoothness prediction models when applied under Utah conditions and performing local calibration if needed. This was accomplished using data from Long Term Pavement Performance (LTPP) projects located in Utah and UDOT pavement management system (PMS) pavement sections. The nationally calibrated MEPDG models were evaluated. With the exception of the new hot-mix asphalt (HMA) pavement total rutting model, all other models were found to be reasonable. The rutting model was locally calibrated to increase goodness of fit and remove significant bias. Due to the nature of the data used in model validation, it is recommended that further MEPDG model validation be accomplished in the future using a database that contains HMA pavement and jointed plain concrete pavement (JPCP) exhibiting moderate to severe deterioration. This report represents Phase II of the UDOT MEPDG implementation study and builds on the Phase I study report completed in 2005 for UDOT. The Draft User's Guide for UDOT Mechanistic-Empirical Pavement Design (UDOT Research Report No. UT-09.11a, dated October 2009) incorporates the findings of this report as inputs and pavement design guidelines for Utah for use by UDOT's pavement design engineers during trial implementation of the MEPDGq--Technical report documentation p.Validation, Calibration, and Development of the UDOT MEPDG Usera#39;s Guide Michael I. Darter, Leslie Titus-Glover, Harold L. Von Quintus ... Applied number of load applications at condition i, j, k, l, m, n Nijk, = Allowable number of load applications at condition i, j, k, l, m, ... tandem, and tridem for bottom-up cracking; short, medium, and long wheelbase for top-down cracking) l = Load level ( incrementalanbsp;...


Title:Implementation of the Mechanistic-empirical Pavement Design Guide in Utah
Author: Michael I. Darter, Leslie Titus-Glover, Harold L. Von Quintus
Publisher: - 2009
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