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Evaluation of the Effects of Canadian Climatic Conditions on Pavement Performance using the Mechanistic Empirical Pavement Design Guide Open Access

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Subject/Keyword
Canadian Climatic Conditions
AASHTO 1993
Mechanistic Empirical Pavement Design Guide
Type of item
Thesis
Degree grantor
University of Alberta
Author or creator
Saha, Jhuma
Supervisor and department
Bayat, Alireza (Civil and Environmental Engineering)
Examining committee member and department
Soleymani, Hamid (Civil and Environmental Engineering)
Michael Lipsett (Mechanical Engineering)
Department
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Specialization

Date accepted
2011-09-28T16:11:18Z
Graduation date
2011-11
Degree
Master of Science
Degree level
Master's
Abstract
This thesis attempts to explore the implementation of the Mechanistic Empirical Pavement Design Guide (MEPDG) in Canada, specifically in Alberta. In order to achieve this goal, quality of Canadian climate data files used for the MEPDG and its effects on flexible pavement performance were evaluated. Results showed that temperature and precipitation data used in the MEPDG are close to Environment Canada data. This study demonstrated that asphalt concrete rutting, total rutting and longitudinal cracking were sensitive to Canadian climate. However, alligator cracking, transverse cracking and International Roughness Index (IRI) were found less sensitive to climatic factors. In addition, this study compared Alberta Transportation Pavement Design (ATPD) method and the MEPDG. Comparison results revealed that pavement performance (IRI) is quite close (< 8% difference) using these two methods. According to the MEPDG, pavement designed by the ATPD method underestimates pavement thickness at poor subgrade and high traffic conditions.
Language
English
DOI
doi:10.7939/R33G8N
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Permission is hereby granted to the University of Alberta Libraries to reproduce single copies of this thesis and to lend or sell such copies for private, scholarly or scientific research purposes only. Where the thesis is converted to, or otherwise made available in digital form, the University of Alberta will advise potential users of the thesis of these terms. The author reserves all other publication and other rights in association with the copyright in the thesis and, except as herein before provided, neither the thesis nor any substantial portion thereof may be printed or otherwise reproduced in any material form whatsoever without the author's prior written permission.
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