Airfield Pavement Demonstration-Validation Study

by Donald M. Arntzen, (M.ASCE), Chf. Airport Design Engr.; Bureau of Engrg., Dept. of Public Works, Chicago, Ill.,
Robert J. Krause, (M.ASCE), Manager; Wiss, Janney, Elstner and Assocs., Inc., Northbrook, Ill.,
Ernest J. Barenberg, (M.ASCE), Prof. of Civ. Engrg.; Univ. of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, Ill.,

Serial Information: Transportation Engineering Journal of ASCE, 1980, Vol. 106, Issue 6, Pg. 721-730

Document Type: Journal Paper


In 1977, the Federal Aviation Administration design procedure was changed from a stress analysis based on interior loading to an analysis based on jointed-edge loading. Concurrently, the University of Illinois had developed a finite element computer model which could be utilized when validated. Consequently, the city of Chicago instituted a demonstration-validation rigid pavement test program to determine actual stresses and deflections under aircraft loading for jointed-edge design and validation of the finite element model. In addition, nondestructive test devices of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Illinois Department of Transportation and Federal Highway Administration Region 15 were compared with actual loadings and to each other in order to develop correlations for their use in pavement evaluation and design. Correlation was obtained with the finite element model and has been used for pavement design. Additional research with the nondestructive test devices is necessary and ongoing.

Subject Headings: Finite element method | Pavement design | Airport and airfield pavements | Load factors | Load tests | Federal government | Stress analysis | Computer models

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