Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE credits
One particular challenge in pavement design is comparing the
results of the different design methods. Some methods, such as the AASHTO
(American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials)
Flexible design method and the AASHTO Rigid method were developed in the
US, and use US units, as well as typical design loads and specifications. The
same can be said for the Florida Cracking method. Other methods, such as
the Swedish PMS-Object use SI units and different design axle load.
This thesis describes the development of a MATLAB based unified
Graphical design interface, called MULTI-PAVE, which implements all the
aforementioned design methods using a unified input, to achieve comparable
design pavement thicknesses. The program is validated by comparing its
output against independently written modules.