CE 755 Highway Pavement Design

Mechanistic-empirical analysis and design of highway pavements with critical evaluation of current design practices. Pavement materials characterization; stresses and strains in pavements; traffic consideration; pavement performance models; and actual thickness design of pavements using the AASHTO Pavement ME program. 3 credit hours.


• Prerequisite

Graduate student standing.

• Course Objectives

This course is designed to introduce mechanistic-empirical pavement design methods.  By the end of the course, the student should be able to:

  • understand the basic principles in mechanistic-empirical pavement design;
  • determine stresses and strains in pavement structures;
  • identify various types of distresses in different pavement types;
  • describe inputs required in the NCHRP 1-37A Mechanistic-Empirical Pavement Design Guide (MEPDG);
  • understand the test and analysis methods for material properties used in the MEPDG;
  • understand the performance prediction models and transfer functions in the MEPDG; and design pavement structures using the MEPDG software.

• Course Requirements

Assignments:                          20%
Mid-term Exam:                       35% (Closed book)
Design Projects:                      40%
Overall Participation:                 5%

• Textbook

PowerPoint slides to be downloaded from the course website

Reference Books:
"Pavement Analysis and Design" by Yang H. Huang, 2nd Edition, Prentice Hall
"Principles of Pavement Design" by Yoder and Witczak, Wiley-Interscience Engineering

• Computer and Internet Requirements

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• Instructor
  Dr. Youngsoo Richard Kim, Professor
Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering
Mann Hall 210, Box 7908
NCSU Campus
Raleigh, NC 27695

Phone: 919-515-7758
Fax: 919-515-7908
Email: kim@ncsu.edu
Web Site: https://www.ccee.ncsu.edu/people/kim