Independent Review of the Recommended Mechanistic-Empirical Design Guide and Software

At the request of the AASHTO Joint Task Force on Pavements (JTFP), NCHRP initiated Project 1-37A in 1996 to develop a guide for the design of new and rehabilitated pavement structures. In contrast to the current AASHTO Guide for Design of Pavement Structures, the guide recommended in 2004 by the Project 1-37A research team is based on mechanistic-empirical (M-E) principles; provides a uniform basis for the design of flexible, rigid, and composite pavements; and employs common design parameters for traffic, subgrade, environment, and reliability. A key component of the JTFP's plan for implementation and adoption of the M-E pavement design guide and software is an independent, third-party review to test the design guide's underlying assumptions, evaluate its engineering reasonableness and design reliability, and identify opportunities for its implementation in day-to-day design production work. The objective of this research project is to conduct an independent engineering review of the mechanistic-empirical pavement design guide and software developed in NCHRP Project 1-37A.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $595000.00
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 1-40A

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO)

    444 North Capitol Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20001

    National Cooperative Highway Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20001
  • Project Managers:

    Harrigan, Edward

  • Principal Investigators:

    Irwin, Lynne

    Brown, Stephen

    Barenberg, Ernest

    Thompson, Marshall

  • Start Date: 20041106
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20060430
  • Source Data: RiP Project 11868

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  • Accession Number: 01460571
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: National Cooperative Highway Research Program
  • Contract Numbers: Project 1-40A
  • Files: RIP
  • Created Date: Jan 3 2013 1:27PM