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Pavement Design: Principles and Practices (A Training Course, Participant Notebook)

General Interest: provides practical guidance to engineers responsible for the day-to-day design, construction, rehabilitation, maintenance, and management of pavements. Research/Reference: useful for researchers doing further work in the pavement area as well as those developing improved testing and design procedures. Includes documents of historical value.

Primary Topic: Pavement Design

Description: This pavement design course presents design concepts to the practicing engineer who is currently involved in designing pavements, or who desires the detailed background to be able to design pavements more economically. It is intended to familiarize engineers who are knowledgeable about one or more design methods (for example, AASHTO) with the philosophy of other methods. With improved testing and design methodology there has been increased emphasis on overlay design using deflection and mechanistic approaches which are described in this course. Other design considerations such as shoulders, drainage, pavement type selection, and pavement management are also discussed.

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Publication Year: 1987

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