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Course Name Pavement Design
Course Code 15CVL470
Program B. Tech. in Civil Engineering
Year Taught 2019


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.

Text Books

  1. 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”.

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