Development of an Overlay Design Procedure for Composite Pavements

A majority of Ohio Department of Transportation's (ODOT's) 4-lane and interstate highways are composite pavement; with the vast majority being Portland cement concrete (PCC) pavement overlaid with asphalt concrete (AC). Each year, ODOT rehabilitates several hundred miles of existing AC/PCC pavements by additional overlay. It is important to have an effective means to evaluate the existing AC/PCC pavements and to design the overlay thickness required to carry anticipated future traffic loading. The pavement overlay thickness design procedure currently exercised by ODOT works well for both flexible and rigid pavements, but it tends to produce overly conservative designs for composite pavements. For composite pavements with relatively thick asphalt overlays, the current design procedure consistently recommends very high overlay thickness that is deemed structurally unnecessary. Research is needed to evaluate and verify the assumptions used for composite pavements in the current overlay design procedure and provide modifications as needed or to develop a new deflection based overlay design procedure for composite pavements. The proposed study investigates the possible cause(s) and finds solution(s) to address the problem within the composite overlay design procedure and to verify and validate the revised procedure through actual pavements. The goals and objectives of this project are to : (1) develop and validate a Falling Weight Deflectometer ​(FWD) deflection-based overlay design procedure for composite pavements and incorporate it into the most current version of ODOT's overall design software; and (2) provide ODOT with the ability to mechanistically determine the effective thickness of the PCC slab portion of a composite pavement for use in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' equation for the design of unbonded concrete overlays.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $214597.00
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  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Ohio Department of Transportation

    Research Program
    1980 West Broad Street
    Columbus, OH  United States  43223
  • Project Managers:

    Au, Adam

  • Performing Organizations:

    University of Toledo, Ohio

    Department of Civil Engineering
    2801 West Bancroft Street
    Toledo, OH  United States  43606
  • Principal Investigators:

    Chou, Eddie

  • Start Date: 20130905
  • Expected Completion Date: 20170605
  • Actual Completion Date: 20170605
  • Source Data: RiP Project 35254

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01492619
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Ohio Department of Transportation
  • Contract Numbers: 26027, 134831
  • Files: RiP, STATEDOT
  • Created Date: Sep 11 2013 1:00AM