Single-Course English 5 ECTS

Pavement Mechanics

Overall Course Objectives

This course covers advanced analysis, design, and construction topics related to both concrete and asphalt pavements. Its main objective is to elevate and enrich the knowledge level of the students in order that they could understand the basic assumptions and limitations underlying existing state-of-the-practice methods, and also that they would be able to appreciate and critically evaluate new ideas.

Learning Objectives

  • Better understand how pavements behave under service conditions
  • Identify construction and design parameters that affect performance
  • Compute mechanical responses by means of classical plate theory
  • Compute mechanical responses by means of layered elasticity theory
  • Identify common concrete pavement distress types
  • Perform inverse analysis of pavement layer properties
  • Employ linear viscoelastic theory for material characterization
  • Utilize linear viscoelastic theory for structural modeling

Course Content

General mechanics background (10%):
(i) Deformation, rotation and strain, compatibility equations, traction and stress;
(ii) Equilibrium equations, linear elastic constitutive equations, boundary value problems;
Concrete pavements (45%):
(iii) Introduction and terminology;
(iv) Overview of construction process;
(v) Mechanics of slab-on-grade;
(vi) Concrete properties and environmental effects;
(vii) Joints – roles, types, arrangement, design, sealing;
(viii) Common distress modes and causes;
Asphalt pavements (45%):
(ix) Layered elastic half-space – problem formulation and solution method;
(x) Elastostatic FWD backcalculation;
(xi) Linear viscoelastic solids – Boltzmann superposition, creep and relaxation;
(xii) Interconversion and Laplace transform
(xiii) Frequency domain – dynamic modulus and phase angle;
(xiv) Time-temperature superposition (;
(xv) Spectra and mechanical analogs;
(xvi) Layered viscoelastic half-space – correspondence principle.

Teaching Method

Lectures, discussions, exercises, and project work.


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13 weeks




DTU Lyngby Campus

Course code 12451
Course type Candidate
Semester start Week 35
Semester end Week 48
Days Thurs 13-17

7.500,00 DKK