Assessment of the 1993 AASHTO structural number as a tool for performance evaluation of asphalt pavements using falling weight deflectometer data from LTPP

M. Elshaer, M. Oshone, E. Dave, J. E. Sias, Y. Mehta, A. Ali

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Abstract

Since its first development in 1960, the AASHTO design guide for flexible pavements design has been widely used by many agencies for the design of a pavement structure. The guide was substantially modified in 1986 to incorporate nationwide requirements and climatic conditions. However, with significant changes in asphalt technology such as the addition of recycled asphalt, modifiers, and change in traffic and climatic condition, the reliability of the empirical equation to predict the performance of flexible pavements has been put into question. However, even with such concerns, it still remains the most prevalent design method used for the design of a pavement structure by many agencies. One of the most significant breakthroughs of the 1993 design guide was the introduction of the concept of structural number (SN). This study investigates the capability of 1993 AASHTO SN to monitor the changes in pavement performance as it relates to roughness (IRI), rutting, and fatigue cracking using measured field data of four sections from the long-term pavement performance (LTPP) database. The backcalculated moduli values from FWD tests corrected at mid-depth reference temperature are used to determine the layer coefficients. Then, the structural strength of the overall pavement (i.e. SN) for the course of a pavement life is compared to the change in pavement performance (i.e. IRI, rutting, and fatigue cracking). The results showed a significant relationship between the change in SN and a change in pavement performance as it relates to rutting and roughness index where with a decrease in SN, the IRI and rut depth increases. The SN assessment also showed that the LTPP database can be used as a valuable source to calibrate the 1993 AASHTO SN equation based on measured field data from LTPP.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAirfield and Highway Pavements 2019
Subtitle of host publicationDesign, Construction, Condition Evaluation, and Management of Pavements - Selected Papers from the International Airfield and Highway Pavements Conference 2019
EditorsImad L. Al-Qadi, Hasan Ozer, Andreas Loizos, Scott Murrell
PublisherAmerican Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
Pages11-20
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9780784482452
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2019
EventInternational Airfield and Highway Pavements Conference 2019: Design, Construction, Condition Evaluation, and Management of Pavements - Chicago, United States
Duration: Jul 21 2019Jul 24 2019

Publication series

NameAirfield and Highway Pavements 2019: Design, Construction, Condition Evaluation, and Management of Pavements - Selected Papers from the International Airfield and Highway Pavements Conference 2019

Conference

ConferenceInternational Airfield and Highway Pavements Conference 2019: Design, Construction, Condition Evaluation, and Management of Pavements
CountryUnited States
CityChicago
Period7/21/197/24/19

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Civil and Structural Engineering

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Elshaer, M., Oshone, M., Dave, E., Sias, J. E., Mehta, Y., & Ali, A. (2019). Assessment of the 1993 AASHTO structural number as a tool for performance evaluation of asphalt pavements using falling weight deflectometer data from LTPP. In I. L. Al-Qadi, H. Ozer, A. Loizos, & S. Murrell (Eds.), Airfield and Highway Pavements 2019: Design, Construction, Condition Evaluation, and Management of Pavements - Selected Papers from the International Airfield and Highway Pavements Conference 2019 (pp. 11-20). [002] (Airfield and Highway Pavements 2019: Design, Construction, Condition Evaluation, and Management of Pavements - Selected Papers from the International Airfield and Highway Pavements Conference 2019). American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). https://doi.org/10.1061/9780784482452.002