Condition Evaluation of Jointed Concrete Airfield Pavement

by Mohamed Y. Shahin, (M.ASCE), Civ. Engr.; U.S. Army Construction Engrg. Research Lab., Champaign, Ill.,
Starr D. Kohn, (A.M.ASCE), Dept. of Civ. Engrg., Ann Arbor, Mich.,
Michael I. Darter, (M.ASCE), Assoc. Prof. of Civ. Engrg.; Univ. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, Ill.,

Serial Information: Transportation Engineering Journal of ASCE, 1980, Vol. 106, Issue 4, Pg. 381-399

Document Type: Journal Paper


This paper describes the development and field verification of a Pavement Condition Index (PCI) for rating jointed concrete airfield pavements. The PCI, which is a measure of pavement structural integrity and surface operational condition, is calculated based on measured distress types, severities, and densities obtained during a pavement inspection. A distress identification manual has been developed which provides a standardized reference for measurement. The PCI has been extensively field tested and validated at many airfields. It was also found to correlate closely with maintenance and rehabilitation needs. The PCI procedure has been adopted by the U.S. Air Force and is under full implementation at many airfields.

Subject Headings: Concrete pavements | Airport and airfield pavements | Pavement condition | Field tests | Verification | Ratings | Inspection | Validation

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