Evaluation of EverFE software for designing Australian concrete pavements

Tobler, Jake P (2015) Evaluation of EverFE software for designing Australian concrete pavements. [USQ Project]

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Abstract

The Austroads Design Guide for rigid pavements outlines the procedure for designing Australia’s concrete pavements. This procedure is based upon the analytical
methods developed by the Portland Cement Association in the 1960’s. Although this is the accepted method for pavement design, the method has rarely been subjected to benchmarking with more advanced analytical methods. This project seeks to identify limitations to the current Austroads Design Guide for rigid pavements and determine suitability of using EverFE, a Finite Element analysis
program, in conjunction with Austroads to analyse concrete pavements.

Literature has been examined and limitations of the design guide were identified as an incapability of modelling predicted future loading conditions,
incapability in modelling a shift in traffic load location and inability of modelling temperature gradients. Input parameters were developed for these conditions to be used by EverFE to evaluate pavement stress. A model base pavement was developed in accordance with the Austroads design guide as a point of reference for pavement stress analysed using EverFE.

In conclusion it was found that EverFE offers capability in modelling of both current conditions, and conditions outside the scope of the Austroads method; hence potential exists for the incorporation of EverFE software in the design of Australia’s concrete pavements, in conjunction with the existing Austroads design guide.


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Item Type: USQ Project
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) – Civil project
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Civil Engineering and Surveying
Supervisors: Nataatmadja, Andreas
Date Deposited: 06 Jun 2016 04:44
Last Modified: 06 Jun 2016 04:44
Uncontrolled Keywords: Concrete Pavements, Austroads, EverFE, Rigid Pavements
Fields of Research : 09 Engineering > 0905 Civil Engineering > 090503 Construction Materials
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/29241

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