About this course
This course serves as an introduction to the design and construction of asphalt pavements. Its main objective is exposition of the students to the scope and complexity of the pavement engineering discipline. The following topics are covered: , Recap of soil mechanics concepts; Pavement roles and functions; Pavement types, definitions and terminology; Overview of asphalt pavement construction process; Pavement materials - resilient modulus, linear viscoelasticity; Traffic loads; Pavement mechanics - elastic half-space; Environmental aspects; Pavement distress - structural and functional; Design methods and approaches for roads and airport pavements.
Expected learning outcomes
At the end of the course the learner will be able to:
Classify pavement types
Understand expected pavement roles
Use basic pavement terminology adequately and correctly
Appreciate the importance of proper compaction of pavement layers
Perform basic pavement mechanics calculations involving material properties
Perform basic pavement mechanics calculations involving traffic loads
Identify common asphalt pavement distress types
List probable causes of common distress types in asphalt pavements
Written examination and exercises
Prior knowledge in basic mechanics of materials and in soil mechanics
Lectures, discussions, exercises, project work, and possibly some laboratory demonstrations.