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Basic course in pavement engineering
Architecture and Construction
Organization logo: Technical University of Denmark

About this course

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. The following topics are covered: , Recap of soil mechanics concepts; Pavement roles and functions; Pavement types, definitions and terminology; Overview of asphalt pavement construction process; Pavement materials - resilient modulus, linear viscoelasticity; Traffic loads; Pavement mechanics - elastic half-space; Environmental aspects; Pavement distress - structural and functional; Design methods and approaches for roads and airport pavements.

Expected learning outcomes

  • At the end of the course the learner will be able to:

  • 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


Written examination and exercises

Course requirements

Prior knowledge in basic mechanics of materials and in soil mechanics


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

More information
  • Local course code
  • Study load
    ECTS 5
  • Level
  • Contact hours per week
  • Instructors
    Eyal Levenberg
  • Mode of delivery
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