Design of Pavements on Expansive Soils Conference Paper uri icon


  • Vertical movements calculated by the new design method for each of the six case study cross sections, in three different climatic zones in Texas, were compared with the swelling movement predicted by the PVR method which has been used by Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) in the past. The vertical movements included both swelling and shrinking. Pavement treatments were selected to provide an acceptable predicted performance at high levels of reliability, and the vertical movements were calculated both at the edges of the pavements and beneath the outer wheel paths. The case studies were based upon a variety of traffic levels, site conditions, and sample testing. The treatments include lime- and cement-stabilized layers, removal and replacement with inert layers, and vertical and horizontal moisture barriers. The results of the case studies show that the PVR overpredicts the swelling movement that can be expected using the new method, and does not predict shrinkage movement. The resulting evaluation is that the PVR criterion is conservative. Copyright ASCE 2006.

name of conference

  • Unsaturated Soils 2006

published proceedings

  • Unsaturated Soils 2006

author list (cited authors)

  • Hong, G. T., Aubeny, C. P., Bulut, R., & Lytton, R. L.

citation count

  • 2

complete list of authors

  • Hong, GT||Aubeny, CP||Bulut, R||Lytton, RL

publication date

  • January 2006