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Publication Number:  FHWA-RD-88-068    Date:  June 1989
Publication Number: FHWA-RD-88-068
Date: June 1989


Rigid Pavement Analysis and Design

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This report presents the findings of a research study t o evaluate currently available rigid pavement analysis models and design methods. The methods and models were evaluated for their limitations as well as their capabilities. A micro-computer program was developed which predicts average faulting values for doweled and non-doweled joints, based on specific design inputs. It should prove useful as a tool to check proposed pavement designs. Finally, specific experimental pavement designs were developed based on the study findings.

This report will be of interest to engineers involved in rigid pavement design and analysis.

Sufficient copies of this report are being distributed by FHWA memorandum to provide two copies to each FHWA Region and Division and two copies to each State highway agency. Direct distribution is being made to the division offices. Additional copies for the public are available from the National Technical Information Service (NTIS , U. S. Department of Commerce, 5285 Port Royal Road, Springfield, Virginia 22161.

Thomas J. Pasko, Jr., P.E.
Director, Office of Engineering
and Highway Operations
Research and Development


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