Evaluation of Pavement ME Prediction of Rutting Performance for Open-Graded Friction Course Asphalt Mixtures

Ahmad Alfalah, Debzani Mitra, Gabriel Becerril, Abhary Eleyedath, Yusuf Mehta, Ayman Ali

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Abstract

Open-graded friction course (OGFC) mixtures are widely known for rapid water drainage, enhanced surface texture, improved driver safety, and reduced splash and spray. The objective of this study was to verify the predictive capability of Pavement ME total rut depth predictions with that of the average rut depth measurements in the field for the same OGFC sections. Mixture volumetric inputs for Pavement ME software, such as air voids, binder content, and aggregate gradation, were gathered from previously conducted studies for six different OGFC sections of Interstate 75 (I-75) south of Atlanta, Georgia. The traffic data was collected from the weigh-in-motion (WIM) stations closest to the field sections, while the climatic data was collected from the MERRA-2 weather station along the I-75 south of Atlanta, Georgia. As these values were well below the failure criteria, an additional analysis was performed for the rut depth after 20 years. Even this result was well within the specified criteria. Within the limitations of this study, Pavement ME software gave a conservative prediction for rut depth when compared to field observed values. Overall, the study highlighted benefits and challenges of using Pavement ME software for OGFC rut depth predictions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationDesign, Construction, Condition Evaluation, and Management of Pavement
EditorsNavneet Garg, Amit Bhasin, Julie M. Vandenbossche
PublisherAmerican Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
Pages97-107
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9780784484890
DOIs
StatePublished - 2023
Externally publishedYes
Event2023 International Conference on Airfield and Highway Pavements - Austin, United States
Duration: Jun 14 2023Jun 17 2023

Publication series

NameAirfield and Highway Pavements 2023: Design, Construction, Condition Evaluation, and Management of Pavements - Selected Papers from the International Airfield and Highway Pavements Conference 2023
Volume1

Conference

Conference2023 International Conference on Airfield and Highway Pavements
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityAustin
Period6/14/236/17/23

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Building and Construction

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