Evaluation of Mechanistic-Empirical Design Guide Input Parameters for Resilient Modulus of Subgrade Soils in Oklahoma

    Volume 39, Issue 5 (September 2011)

    ISSN: 0090-3973

    CODEN: JTEOAD

    Published Online: 16 June 2011

    Page Count: 12


    Hossain, Zahid
    Doctoral Candidate, School of Civil Engineering and Environmental Science, The University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK

    Zaman, Musharraf
    David Ross Boyd Professor and Aaron Alexander Professor, School of Civil Engineering and Environmental Science, and Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Programs, College of Engineering, The University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK

    Doiron, Curtis
    Undergraduate Research Assistant, The University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK

    Solanki, Pranshoo
    Senior Research Associate, College of Engineering, The University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK

    (Received 17 November 2010; accepted 15 May 2011)

    Abstract

    Resilient modulus (Mr) of subgrade soil is a key input parameter in all three hierarchical levels of the new mechanistic-empirical pavement design guide (MEPDG). A successful implementation of the MEPDG requires a comprehensive evaluation of Mr database(s) for local subgrade soils and its assessment to determine desired input parameters. To this end, a database containing subgrade Mr values, index properties, standard Proctor, and unconfined compressive strengths for 712 soil samples from 39 different counties in Oklahoma was developed. A total of five stress-based regression models were evaluated using a statistical software package (“SPSS,” Version 17), and material constants (k1, k2, and k3) for these soils, categorized in accordance with the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials Classification system, were determined. The goodness of fit and the significance of these models were ranked with respect to their R2 and F values, respectively; the MEPDG recommended octahedral model was found to outperform the others. Furthermore, reasonably good correlations of material constants with routine soil properties were established for Level 2 analysis and design. Typical Mr values of common Oklahoma soils for Level 3 analysis and design were also estimated. The findings of this study are expected to help the implementation of the MEPDG in Oklahoma.


    Paper ID: JTE103603

    DOI: 10.1520/JTE103603

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