Continuously Reinforced Concrete Pavement: Design Using the AASHTO Pavement ME Design Program
Primary Topic: Pavement Design
Description: With the completion of the mechanistic-empirical pavement design guide (AASHTO 2008) and the recent availability of the AASHTOWare ® Pavement ME Design software (http://www.darwinme.org/MEDesign/Index.html), design of continuously reinforced concrete pavement (CRCP) has undergone significant changes. The primary purpose of this TechBrief, based on a more comprehensive Technical Summary (Roesler and Hiller 2013), is to provide engineers with the basic mechanisticempirical design background and criteria utilized in the new ME Design software for CRCP. This document describes the main CRCP design inputs and identifies the most sensitive design inputs and features. Also, examples are included to demonstrate the use of the new software for the design of both new CRCP and CRCP overlays.
FHWA Publication Number: FHWA-HIF-13-027
Publication Year: 2013
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