Adaptacion of NCHRP Project 1-41 Reflection Cracking Modles for Semirigid Pavement Design in AASHTOWare Pavement ME Design Academic Article uri icon


  • Semirigid pavements are composite pavements that comprise a surface asphalt concrete (AC) layer overlying a cement stabilized base, granular subbase, and subgrade foundation. When subjected to traffic and climate loading, semirigid pavements provide good performance through resistance to rutting or deformation of base and subgrade, moisture damage, and AC fatigue. However, semirigid pavements can develop fatigue and transverse shrinkage cracks in the underlying cement stabilized base layer, which ultimately propagates through the surface AC thickness with repeated applications of axle loads and temperature cycles (i.e., reflection cracking). Although new semirigid pavements have been designed and constructed in the United States since the 1960s, a new semirigid pavement design methodology was not included in Version 1.0 of AASHTOWare Pavement ME Design software. This methodology was omitted because developers and researchers at that time concluded that there were no suitable existing mechanistic-based fatigue or transverse reflection cracking models available to be adapted and included in the design procedure. Under NCHRP Project 1-41Models for Predicting Reflection Cracking of Hot-Mix Asphalt Overlays, mechanistic-based AC fatigue and transverse reflection cracking models were developed. The models were developed to be compatible and thus easily adaptable into the AASHTOWare Pavement ME Design framework. Work done to adapt the NCHRP Project 1-41 reflection cracking models for the design of new semirigid pavement in AASHTOWare Pavement ME Design is presented.

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author list (cited authors)

  • Titus-Glover, L., Bhattacharya, B. B., Raghunathan, D., Mallela, J., & Lytton, R. L.

citation count

  • 5

complete list of authors

  • Titus-Glover, Leslie||Bhattacharya, Biplab B||Raghunathan, Deepak||Mallela, Jagannath||Lytton, Robert L

publication date

  • January 2016