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Publication Number:  FHWA-HRT-14-087    Date:  March 2015
Publication Number: FHWA-HRT-14-087
Date: March 2015


Computer-Based Guidelines for Concrete Pavements, HIPERPAV IIIĀ®, Version 3.3 User's Manual

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The HIgh PERformance PAVing (HIPERPAV®) software program allows users to predict early-age concrete pavement behavior based on user-defined input for environmental, design, and construction condition. The user input includes variables such as ambient weather conditions, thickness of pavement, mix design, time of placement, and type of curing. Mathematical models then calculate the progression of the concrete's strength gain and developing stresses at the early age after placement. HIPERPAV® was first released in 1996, followed by an updated version in 2005. In 2010, HIPERPAV III®, version 3.2, was released with enhanced moisture transport modeling.

The new version of software, HIPERPAV III®, version 3.3, includes two new features: automated downloading of weather data from the National Weather Service Web site and the addition of slag aggregate input. The new default values for the coefficient of thermal expansion of Portland cement concrete were also incorporated. This manual provides general instruction on the use and application of the software program, which can be very helpful to engineers, contractors, and concrete suppliers. HIPERPAV® can be used during planning, design, construction, and post-construction evaluation phases. Typical applications include optimizing pavement designs and construction methods thereby preventing the need for expensive pavement repairs in the future, developing project quality control specifications to ensure optimized methods are followed, and conducting forensic investigations to identify potential early-age factors that may have led to specific performance patterns after construction.

Jorge E. Pagán-Ortiz
Director, Office of Infrastructure
Research and Development


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2. Government Accession No.

3. Recipient's Catalog No.

4. Title and Subtitle
Computer-Based Guidelines for Concrete Pavements, HIPERPAV III®, Version 3.3 User's Manual

5. Report Date
March 2015

6. Performing Organization Code

7. Author(s)
J. Mauricio Ruiz, Sabrina Garber, Jason C. Dick

8. Performing Organization Report No.

9. Performing Organization Name and Address
The Transtec Group, Inc.
6111 Balcones Drive
Austin, TX 78731

10. Work Unit No.

11. Contractor Grant No.

12. Sponsoring Agency Name and Address
Office of Engineering and Highway Operations R&D
Federal Highway Administration
6300 Georgetown Pike
McLean, VA 22101-2296

13.Type of Report
User's Manual

14. Sponsoring Agency Code

15. Supplementary Notes
Contracting Officer's Representative: Fred Faridazar, HRDI-20

16. Abstract
The Federal Highway Administration's HIgh PERformance PAVing (HIPERPAV®) software program has been upgraded to include the following new features in its latest version, HIPERPAV III®, version 3.3:

  • The coarse aggregate input now includes an option for use of blast furnace slag aggregate.
  • The user has the ability to download forecasted weather data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Weather Service Web site and have that data automatically entered as inputs for ambient temperature, relative humidity, wind speed, and cloud coverage.

This report serves as the user's manual for the HIPERPAV III®, version 3.3, software. Users can download the software at the following URL: https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/software/research/infrastructure/pavements/hiperpav/ver3-3.

17. Key Words
Portland Cement Concrete Pavement; High Performance Concrete Pavements; Jointed Concrete Pavement; JCP; JPCP; PCCP; Fast Track; HIPERPAV; Early Age Behavior; Mechanistic and Mechanistic-Empirical Models; Slag Aggregate; Coefficient of Thermal Expansion; Temperature; Heat of Hydration; Slab; Shrinkage; Slab Base Friction; Curling; Warping; Plastic Shrinkage; Cracking.

18. Distribution Statement
No restrictions. This document is available to the public through the National Technical Information Service, Springfield, VA 22161.

19. Security Classif. (of this report)

20. Security Classif. (of this page)

21 .No. of Pages

22. Price

Form DOT F 1700.7 (8-72)Reproduction of completed page authorized

SI* (Modern Metric) Conversion Factors




  1. Table 1. Inputs for 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. times of placement strategies
  2. Long-term inputs for aggregate selection sample scenario


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