Course Title: 
Pavement Design
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Year Taught: 
Undergraduate (UG)
School of Engineering

'Pavement Design' is a course offered in B. Tech. in Civil Engineering program at School of Engineering, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham.

Unit 1

Introduction: Types and component parts of pavements – factors affecting design and performance of pavements - comparison between highway and airport pavements - functions and significance of sub grade properties – various methods of assessment of sub grade soil strength for pavement design - cause and effects of variations in moisture content and temperature - depth of frost penetration - design of bituminous mixes by Marshall method.

Unit 2

Stress analyses and methods of flexible pavement design: stresses and deflections in homogeneous masses - burmister 2 layer and 3 layer theories - wheel load stresses - ESWL of multiple wheels - repeated loads and EWL factors - empirical, semi-empirical and theoretical approaches for flexible pavement design - group index, CBR, triaxial, mcleod and burmister layered system methods.

Unit 3

Stresses analysis and methods of rigid pavement design: types of stresses and causes - factors influencing stresses, general conditions in rigid pavement analysis – ESWL - wheel load stresses - warping stresses – friction stresses - combined stresses - functions of various types of joints in cement concrete pavements -design and detailing of slab thickness; longitudinal, contraction and expansion joints by IRC recommendations.

Pavement evaluation and rehabilitation.


  • Khanna S. K. and Justo, C E G, “Highway Engineering”, Nem Chand and Bros, 2011.


  • Yoder and W Nitezak, “Principles of Pavement Design”, John Wiley, 1975.
  • Yang. H. H., “Pavement Analysis and Design”, Pearson Education, 2010.
  • IRC: 37 - 2001, “Guidelines for the Design of Flexible Pavements”
  • IRC: 58 - 2002, “Guidelines for the Design of Rigid Pavements”
  • David Croney, “The Design and Performance of Road pavements”, McGraw Hill, 1997.
  • Haas R., Hudson W. R., and Zaniewski, J., “Pavement Management System”, McGraw Hill Book Co, 1994.
  • IRC 81-1981- “Tentative Guidelines for Strengthening of Flexible Pavements by Benklman Beam Deflections Techniques”.