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Civil-Comp Proceedings
ISSN 1759-3433
CCP: 4/5
Edited by: B.H.V. Topping
Paper XXIII.1

The Use of Microcomputers in the Design of Finite Sized Industrial Pavements

J.W. Bull

Department of Civil Engineering, University of Newcastle upon Tyne, England

Full Bibliographic Reference for this paper
J.W. Bull, "The Use of Microcomputers in the Design of Finite Sized Industrial Pavements", in B.H.V. Topping, (Editor), "Proceedings of the Third International Conference on Civil and Structural Engineering Computing", Civil-Comp Press, Edinburgh, UK, pp 229-234, 1987. doi:10.4203/ccp.4.23.1
A spread-sheet microcomputer based method for the design of two metre square precast concrete pavement units used for heavy duty industrial pavements is presented. The design takes into account the soil settlements that occur and allows low CBR soils to be used. Using the required vehicle movements, vehicle loads and soil parameters, the programme will suggest alternative sub-base thickness and CBR values together with pavement thicknesses and reinforcement areas. Cost optimisation is also available.

Unlike normal highway pavements, where large amounts of empirical data is available, the design method for pavement units was developed using analytical and finite element considerations. It was also found the widely used Westergaards analysis and the multi-layer elastic analysis required modification.

Two design examples are included, that show how a finite sized pavement may be designed for a specified number of wheel loadings.

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