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MANUAL CHAPTER TITLE VIEW
 1. Introduction Cover, Acknowledgements & Table of Contents for Introduction & Design Inputs
1. Background, Scope & Overview
2. Design Inputs 1. Subgrade/Foundation Design Inputs
2. Material Characterization
3. Environmental Effects
4. Traffic
5. Evaluation of Existing Pavements for Rehabilitation
  Cover, Acknowledgements & Table of Contents for Design Analysis & Low Volume Roads
3. Design Analysis 1.  Drainage
2. Shoulders
3. Design of New & Reconstructed Flexible Pavements
4. Design of New & Reconstructed Rigid Pavements
5. Rehabilitation Strategies
  6. AC Rehabilitation
  7. PCC Rehabilitation Design
4. Low Volume Roads Low Volume Road Design

Appendices

(printing allowed)


 
A Glossary of Terms
B Pavement Strategy Selection
C Life Cycle Cost Analysis Guidelines
D User's Guide Design Guide Software & Design Examples
AA 1 Traffic Analysis Flowchart
2 Normalized Truck Class Distribution
3 Default Values for Truck Traffic Classification
4 Normalized Annual Axle Weight Distribution/Spectra
5 Normalized Axle Weight Statistics for Vehicle (5 & 9)
6 Normalized Monthly Axle Load Spectra (5 Sites)
7 Default Normalized Axle Load Spectra
8 Normalized Axle Load Spectra  (Level 1 Inputs)
9 Axle Load Spectra from other Roadways Used to Determine the Regional Values ( Level 2 & 3 Inputs to the Example Problem)
10 Regional Axle Load Spectra ( Level 2 & 3 Inputs to the Example Problem)
11 Tabulation Summary of the Output From the Traffic Module for the Example Problems
BB Design Reliability

CC

1 Correlation of CBR Values with Soil Index Properties
2 Estimating Original Air Voids in GPS-LTPP Sections

3 Updated Traffic Frequency Calculation for Asphalt Layers
4 Development of a Revised Predictive Model for the Dynamic (Complex) Modulus of Asphalt Mixtures

DD

1 Resilient Modulus as Function of Soil Moisture Summary of Predictive Models
2 Resilient Modulus as Function of Soil Moisture
3 Selection of Resilient Moduli for Frozen/Thawed Unbound Materials
4 Improvement of the Integrated Climatic Model for Moisture Content Predictions

EE

1   Input Data for the Calibration & Validation for New Constructed Flexible Sections
2 Input Data for the Calibration and Validation for Rehabilitated Pavement Sections with HMA Overlays

FF

Calibration Sections for Rigid Pavements
1 Introduction
2
Data Requirements for Model Development & Calibration (New PCC and Rehabilitation with PCC)
3 General Information and Site/Project Identification
4 Distress
5  Traffic
6 Pavement Structure

GG

Calibration of Permanent Deformation Models for Flexible Pavements
 Sensitivity Analysis for Permanent Deformation for Flexible Pavements
HH Field Calibration of the Thermal Cracking Model

II

1 Calibration of Fatigue Cracking Models for Flexible Pavements
2 Sensitivity Analysis for Asphalt Concrete Fatigue Alligator Cracking
3 Sensitivity Analysis for Asphalt Concrete Fatigue Longitudinal Surface Cracking
JJ Tranverse Joint Faulting Model

KK

Transverse Cracking of JPCP

LL

Punchouts in CRCP

NN

Calibration of Rehabilitation of Existing Pavements PCC
  OO 1 Background and Preliminary Smoothness Prediction Models for AC
2 Revised Smoothness Prediction Models for AC
3 Addendum
Estimation of Distress Quantities for Smoothness Models for HMA-Surface Pavements
PP Smoothness Prediction for Rigid Pavements
QQ Structural Response Models for AC
RR Finite Element Procedures for Flexible Analysis
SS Hydraulic Design, Maintenance & Construction Details of Subsurface Drainage Systems
TT Drainage Requirement in Pavements (DRIP) User's Guide

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NCHRP
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Washington DC 20001
Phone 202 334-3232
Fax 202 334-2006
E-mail eharriga@nas.edu


ACKNOWLEDGMENT OF SPONSORSHIP

This work was sponsored by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, in cooperation with the Federal Highway Administration, and was conducted in the National Cooperative Highway Research Program, which is administered by the Transportation Research Board of the National Research Council.

DISCLAIMER
This is the final draft as submitted by the research agency. The opinions and conclusions expressed or implied in the report are those of the research agency. They are not necessarily those of the Transportation Research Board, the National Research Council, the Federal Highway Administration, the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, or the individual states participating in the National Cooperative Highway Research Program.