With the release of the new Mechanistic-Empirical Pavement Design Guide (MEPDG), pavement design has taken a “quantum” leap forward. The current 1993 design guide is solidly based on the empirical interpretation of the results of the 1960 American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) Road Test. This report seeks to outline the technical aspects of the new MEPDG. Full detail is essentially impossible and impractical, since the release of the MEPDG was accompanied by eighteen volumes of technical justification and background. Consequently, this report seeks only to provide a potential user with a practical understanding of the workings of the new guide, with only sufficient technical depth to aid in understanding.
IHRB Project TR-509
Iowa Highway Research Board
Iowa Department of Transportation
Ceylan, Halil; Coree, Brian; and Harrington, Dale, "Mechanistic-Empirical Pavement Design Guide: Technical Report" (2005). InTrans Project Reports. 101.