Single-Course English 5 ECTS

Basic Course in Pavement Engineering

Overall Course Objectives

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.

Learning Objectives

  • 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

Course Content

The following topics are covered:
(i) Recap of soil mechanics concepts;
(ii) Pavement roles and functions;
(iii) Pavement types, definitions and terminology;
(iv) Overview of asphalt pavement construction process;
(v) Pavement materials – resilient modulus, linear viscoelasticity (;
(vi) Traffic loads;
(vii) Pavement mechanics – elastic half-space;
(viii) Environmental aspects;
(ix) Pavement distress – structural and functional;
(x) Design methods and approaches for roads and airport pavements.

Teaching Method

Lectures, discussions, exercises, project work, and possibly some laboratory demonstrations



The topic of ‘Road Geometry’ may be introduced during one or two meetings (instead of Topic x).

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13 weeks




DTU Lyngby Campus

Course code 12415
Course type Bachelor
Semester start Week 5
Semester end Week 19
Days Wed 13-17

7.500,00 DKK