Introduction to AASHTO Mechanistic-Empirical Flexible Pavement Design
This course will present an overview of the AASHTO M-E pavement design and highlight its contrast to the empirical design procedures widely used today. Participants will use the Educational version of the program during the afternoon session.
Objectives: Course participants will learn:
The importance of mechanistic-based design procedures
The key components of the M-E pavement design procedure, including:
o Design inputs o Pavement performance prediction models or transfer functions o Failure criteria o Design reliability (will be discussed briefly)
The interrelationships that occur between components
How the M-E design procedure integrates the structural aspects of a pavement with the material/mix design properties of the pavement layers.
Instructor Dr. Walaa Mogawer has over 20 years of research and practical experience in the design of different types of hot mix asphalt (HMA), Superpave technology, polymer modified asphalt mixes, pavement design, and pavement management. Since joining UMass Dartmouth he has served as principal investigator on several research projects funded by MassDOT, New England Transportation Consortium (NETC), and National Science Foundation (NSF). He has been instrumental in establishing a state of the art pavement materials testing laboratory at UMass Dartmouth.