Evaluations and Applications of Mechanistic Performance Prediction Modeling Tools

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General Information
Study Number: TPF-5(101)
Lead Organization: Federal Highway Administration
Solicitation Number: 864
Partners: FHWA, NY, OH, TX
Status: Closed
Est. Completion Date: Dec 31, 2015
Contract/Other Number: DTFH61-05-D-00017
Last Updated: May 04, 2016
Contract End Date:
Financial Summary
Contract Amount: $505,000.00
Total Commitments Received: $1,420,000.00
100% SP&R Approval: Approved
Contact Information
Lead Study Contact(s): Katherine Petros
Katherine.Petros@fhwa.dot.gov
Phone: 202- 493-3154
Organization Year Commitments Technical Contact Name Funding Contact Name Contact Number Email Address
Federal Highway Administration 2004 $180,000.00 Katherine Petros David Pamplin david.pamplin@dot.gov
New York State Department of Transportation 2004 $50,000.00 Wes Yang Gary Frederick 518-457-4645 gary.frederick@dot.ny.gov
New York State Department of Transportation 2005 $50,000.00 Wes Yang Gary Frederick 518-457-4645 gary.frederick@dot.ny.gov
New York State Department of Transportation 2006 $50,000.00 Wes Yang Gary Frederick 518-457-4645 gary.frederick@dot.ny.gov
New York State Department of Transportation 2007 $50,000.00 Wes Yang Gary Frederick 518-457-4645 gary.frederick@dot.ny.gov
New York State Department of Transportation 2009 $150,000.00 Wes Yang Gary Frederick 518-457-4645 gary.frederick@dot.ny.gov
New York State Department of Transportation 2010 $90,000.00 Wes Yang Gary Frederick 518-457-4645 gary.frederick@dot.ny.gov
New York State Department of Transportation 2011 $200,000.00 Wes Yang Gary Frederick 518-457-4645 gary.frederick@dot.ny.gov
New York State Department of Transportation 2012 $200,000.00 Wes Yang Gary Frederick 518-457-4645 gary.frederick@dot.ny.gov
New York State Department of Transportation 2013 $100,000.00 Wes Yang Gary Frederick 518-457-4645 gary.frederick@dot.ny.gov
New York State Department of Transportation 2014 $100,000.00 Wes Yang Gary Frederick 518-457-4645 gary.frederick@dot.ny.gov
Ohio Department of Transportation 2005 $25,000.00 Aric Morse General Research 614-644-8135 Research@dot.state.oh.us
Ohio Department of Transportation 2006 $25,000.00 Aric Morse General Research 614-644-8135 Research@dot.state.oh.us
Ohio Department of Transportation 2007 $50,000.00 Aric Morse General Research 614-644-8135 Research@dot.state.oh.us
Texas Department of Transportation 2005 $25,000.00 Frank Bailey 512- 416-4730 rtimain@txdot.gov
Texas Department of Transportation 2006 $25,000.00 Frank Bailey 512- 416-4730 rtimain@txdot.gov
Texas Department of Transportation 2007 $25,000.00 Frank Bailey 512- 416-4730 rtimain@txdot.gov
Texas Department of Transportation 2008 $25,000.00 Frank Bailey 512- 416-4730 rtimain@txdot.gov

Study Description

This pooled fund study's scope, objectives, and emphasis areas were suggested by Julian Bendana of the NY State DOT to FHWA for solicitation.

Over the past several decades both the FHWA and State highway departments of transportation (DOT's) have invested heavily in the development of mechanistic performance prediction-lifecycle costing models and also in the collection and analysis of data associated with the performance of selected highway pavement test sections. Numerous mathematical models have been developed in order to address all sorts of pavement behavioral issues. For instance, NCHRP Project 1-37A provided both primary response and performance predictive models (rigid and flexible) intended primarily for use in designing pavements as part of the 2002 Guide for the Design of New and Rehabilitated Pavement Structures. Also other agencies, including state DOTs, FHWA and universities nationwide have been working on developing mechanistic and mechanistic-empirical predictive models for use in addressing high focus issues e.g., NAFTA overloading or problems dealing with truck size and weight (TS&W) regulation. Two national Pooled Fund Studies (PFS) 2(203) and 2(205) with lead States Ohio and Texas respectively supported programs with these aspects in mind. Work in PFS 2(203) has provided a second-generation version of the VESYS mechanistic flexible pavement performance prediction model KB VESYS. This model will be linked to FHWA's lifecycle costing model EAROMAR and the VSIM heavy vehicle dynamics model to form an integrated set of models called the KB Suite of Models. This same study further supported the development of FHWA's 2d FE primary response (PR) program JSLAB and conducted evaluations on the EVERFEE 3-d finite element model and selected parts of the 1-37A flexible pavement PR model JULEA. Work in PFS 2(205) will provide a revised version of VESYS 5 using a front end specially designed by the Texas A&M University.

Objectives

Methodologies and processes for use by transportation integrator organizations will be developed for designating key corridors and general use routes that serve trade, work commuting and tourism statewide. Emphasis is placed on coordinating responsibilities between partners customers and stakeholders. The expectations of system performance in each corridor and on general use routes will be differentiated by customer need, intensity of usage, time of travel and other performance criteria. The study takes advantage of recent research developments in pavement performance and whole-life cost modeling so as to afford the use of these modeling tools in addressing high profile problem areas. The study will insure that a given model is thoroughly validated prior to implementation. For instance, included with these objectives is the evaluation of the NCHRP 1-37A pavement response models.

Scope of Work

Delineation between new and exclusive TRUCK routes, distribution hubs, and intermediate truck/auto routes and exclusive light vehicle carriageways are foreseeable as effective means for meeting transportation needs well into the 2000s. Exclusive heavy truck routes may not look at all like we envision a typical highway to be. Such routes may coincide more on the order of airfield pavement designs in order to carry trucks that could be double in size of today's heavy vehicles. Current arteries will need to be strengthened to meet such needs or to enable their existence to continue carrying today's traffic streams well into the future. Heavy vehicles, especially those designated as being overload vehicles must be classified with respect to the level of damage they impose and restrictions for their use must be equitably postulated. Exclusive light vehicular traffic roads will necessitate more care in their design for environmental effects. Allocating user charges will certainly differ given such scenarios. The trend toward ownership of selected highways is inevitable and this certainly will require the use of sophisticated formulations and procedures that provide reliable estimates of the future wear out, performance and repair costs. The most suitable models will be selected for implementation in developing strategies and procedures that address the objective for this PFS. Appropriate training in the use of the models will also be included.

Comments

Additional States are welcome. Approximate amount of funding requested per State (other than NYSDOT) is $25K per year for 4 years. NYSDOT will contribute $50K per year for 4 years. Total anticipated State funds are $600K over 4 years. The most recent meeting of the pooled fund participants took place January 2011 to discuss the work underway by UTEP to enhance J-SLAB.

Subjects: Pavement Design, Management, and Performance Planning and Administration

Documents Attached
Title File/Link Type Privacy Download
Acceptance Memo TPF-5_101_SignedCopy0001.pdf Memorandum Public
TPF-5(101) Closeout Letter TPF-5(101) - Closeout Memo-Signed.pdf Memorandum Public
TPF-5(101) Closeout Funding Spreadsheet TPF-5(101) Closeout Funding Spreadsheet.pdf Other Public
Quarterly Report: February 2010 & April 2010 TPF-5(101)QPRJune2010.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Progress Report October 2011 TPF Quarterly Report Form - September 2011 TPF-5(101).docx Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Report: January- March 2015 TPF-5(101)-QPR-2015Q1.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Report: April - June 2015 TPF-5(101) Q2 2015 Report.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
NYSLAB: Software for Analysis of Jointed Pavements NYSlab Research Report FHWA-RD-07-1008-01.pdf Report Public
Impact of Truck Suspension and Road Roughness on Loads Exerted to Pavements IntPave Research Report FHWA-RD-07-1008-02.pdf Report Public
Quarterly Report (the Qtr 2014) TPF-5(101) Quarterly Report (Qtr 4 2014).pdf Report Public
NY JPCP Catalog Report NY JPCP Catalog report.doc Report Public
Problem Statement problem_statement.pdf Work Plan Public
J-Slab Task Order JSLAB_Task_Order.pdf Work Plan Public
Enhancements of IntPave Improvements_to_IntPav.pdf Work Plan Public

Evaluations and Applications of Mechanistic Performance Prediction Modeling Tools

General Information
Study Number: TPF-5(101)
Lead Organization: Federal Highway Administration
Solicitation Number: 864
Partners: FHWA, NY, OH, TX
Status: Closed
Est. Completion Date: Dec 31, 2015
Contract/Other Number: DTFH61-05-D-00017
Last Updated: May 04, 2016
Contract End Date:
Financial Summary
Contract Amount: $505,000.00
Total Commitments Received: $1,420,000.00
100% SP&R Approval:
Contact Information
Lead Study Contact(s): Katherine Petros
Katherine.Petros@fhwa.dot.gov
Phone: 202- 493-3154
Commitments by Organizations
Organization Year Commitments Technical Contact Name Funding Contact Name Contact Number Email Address
Federal Highway Administration 2004 $180,000.00 Katherine Petros David Pamplin david.pamplin@dot.gov
New York State Department of Transportation 2004 $50,000.00 Wes Yang Gary Frederick 518-457-4645 gary.frederick@dot.ny.gov
New York State Department of Transportation 2005 $50,000.00 Wes Yang Gary Frederick 518-457-4645 gary.frederick@dot.ny.gov
New York State Department of Transportation 2006 $50,000.00 Wes Yang Gary Frederick 518-457-4645 gary.frederick@dot.ny.gov
New York State Department of Transportation 2007 $50,000.00 Wes Yang Gary Frederick 518-457-4645 gary.frederick@dot.ny.gov
New York State Department of Transportation 2009 $150,000.00 Wes Yang Gary Frederick 518-457-4645 gary.frederick@dot.ny.gov
New York State Department of Transportation 2010 $90,000.00 Wes Yang Gary Frederick 518-457-4645 gary.frederick@dot.ny.gov
New York State Department of Transportation 2011 $200,000.00 Wes Yang Gary Frederick 518-457-4645 gary.frederick@dot.ny.gov
New York State Department of Transportation 2012 $200,000.00 Wes Yang Gary Frederick 518-457-4645 gary.frederick@dot.ny.gov
New York State Department of Transportation 2013 $100,000.00 Wes Yang Gary Frederick 518-457-4645 gary.frederick@dot.ny.gov
New York State Department of Transportation 2014 $100,000.00 Wes Yang Gary Frederick 518-457-4645 gary.frederick@dot.ny.gov
Ohio Department of Transportation 2005 $25,000.00 Aric Morse General Research 614-644-8135 Research@dot.state.oh.us
Ohio Department of Transportation 2006 $25,000.00 Aric Morse General Research 614-644-8135 Research@dot.state.oh.us
Ohio Department of Transportation 2007 $50,000.00 Aric Morse General Research 614-644-8135 Research@dot.state.oh.us
Texas Department of Transportation 2005 $25,000.00 Frank Bailey 512- 416-4730 rtimain@txdot.gov
Texas Department of Transportation 2006 $25,000.00 Frank Bailey 512- 416-4730 rtimain@txdot.gov
Texas Department of Transportation 2007 $25,000.00 Frank Bailey 512- 416-4730 rtimain@txdot.gov
Texas Department of Transportation 2008 $25,000.00 Frank Bailey 512- 416-4730 rtimain@txdot.gov

Study Description

Study Description

This pooled fund study's scope, objectives, and emphasis areas were suggested by Julian Bendana of the NY State DOT to FHWA for solicitation.

Over the past several decades both the FHWA and State highway departments of transportation (DOT's) have invested heavily in the development of mechanistic performance prediction-lifecycle costing models and also in the collection and analysis of data associated with the performance of selected highway pavement test sections. Numerous mathematical models have been developed in order to address all sorts of pavement behavioral issues. For instance, NCHRP Project 1-37A provided both primary response and performance predictive models (rigid and flexible) intended primarily for use in designing pavements as part of the 2002 Guide for the Design of New and Rehabilitated Pavement Structures. Also other agencies, including state DOTs, FHWA and universities nationwide have been working on developing mechanistic and mechanistic-empirical predictive models for use in addressing high focus issues e.g., NAFTA overloading or problems dealing with truck size and weight (TS&W) regulation. Two national Pooled Fund Studies (PFS) 2(203) and 2(205) with lead States Ohio and Texas respectively supported programs with these aspects in mind. Work in PFS 2(203) has provided a second-generation version of the VESYS mechanistic flexible pavement performance prediction model KB VESYS. This model will be linked to FHWA's lifecycle costing model EAROMAR and the VSIM heavy vehicle dynamics model to form an integrated set of models called the KB Suite of Models. This same study further supported the development of FHWA's 2d FE primary response (PR) program JSLAB and conducted evaluations on the EVERFEE 3-d finite element model and selected parts of the 1-37A flexible pavement PR model JULEA. Work in PFS 2(205) will provide a revised version of VESYS 5 using a front end specially designed by the Texas A&M University.

Objectives

Methodologies and processes for use by transportation integrator organizations will be developed for designating key corridors and general use routes that serve trade, work commuting and tourism statewide. Emphasis is placed on coordinating responsibilities between partners customers and stakeholders. The expectations of system performance in each corridor and on general use routes will be differentiated by customer need, intensity of usage, time of travel and other performance criteria. The study takes advantage of recent research developments in pavement performance and whole-life cost modeling so as to afford the use of these modeling tools in addressing high profile problem areas. The study will insure that a given model is thoroughly validated prior to implementation. For instance, included with these objectives is the evaluation of the NCHRP 1-37A pavement response models.

Scope of Work

Delineation between new and exclusive TRUCK routes, distribution hubs, and intermediate truck/auto routes and exclusive light vehicle carriageways are foreseeable as effective means for meeting transportation needs well into the 2000s. Exclusive heavy truck routes may not look at all like we envision a typical highway to be. Such routes may coincide more on the order of airfield pavement designs in order to carry trucks that could be double in size of today's heavy vehicles. Current arteries will need to be strengthened to meet such needs or to enable their existence to continue carrying today's traffic streams well into the future. Heavy vehicles, especially those designated as being overload vehicles must be classified with respect to the level of damage they impose and restrictions for their use must be equitably postulated. Exclusive light vehicular traffic roads will necessitate more care in their design for environmental effects. Allocating user charges will certainly differ given such scenarios. The trend toward ownership of selected highways is inevitable and this certainly will require the use of sophisticated formulations and procedures that provide reliable estimates of the future wear out, performance and repair costs. The most suitable models will be selected for implementation in developing strategies and procedures that address the objective for this PFS. Appropriate training in the use of the models will also be included.

Comments

Additional States are welcome. Approximate amount of funding requested per State (other than NYSDOT) is $25K per year for 4 years. NYSDOT will contribute $50K per year for 4 years. Total anticipated State funds are $600K over 4 years. The most recent meeting of the pooled fund participants took place January 2011 to discuss the work underway by UTEP to enhance J-SLAB.

Subjects: Pavement Design, Management, and Performance Planning and Administration

Title File/Link Type Private
Acceptance Memo TPF-5_101_SignedCopy0001.pdf Memorandum Public
TPF-5(101) Closeout Letter TPF-5(101) - Closeout Memo-Signed.pdf Memorandum Public
TPF-5(101) Closeout Funding Spreadsheet TPF-5(101) Closeout Funding Spreadsheet.pdf Other Public
Quarterly Report: February 2010 & April 2010 TPF-5(101)QPRJune2010.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Progress Report October 2011 TPF Quarterly Report Form - September 2011 TPF-5(101).docx Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Report: January- March 2015 TPF-5(101)-QPR-2015Q1.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Report: April - June 2015 TPF-5(101) Q2 2015 Report.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
NYSLAB: Software for Analysis of Jointed Pavements NYSlab Research Report FHWA-RD-07-1008-01.pdf Report Public
Impact of Truck Suspension and Road Roughness on Loads Exerted to Pavements IntPave Research Report FHWA-RD-07-1008-02.pdf Report Public
Quarterly Report (the Qtr 2014) TPF-5(101) Quarterly Report (Qtr 4 2014).pdf Report Public
NY JPCP Catalog Report NY JPCP Catalog report.doc Report Public
Problem Statement problem_statement.pdf Work Plan Public
J-Slab Task Order JSLAB_Task_Order.pdf Work Plan Public
Enhancements of IntPave Improvements_to_IntPav.pdf Work Plan Public

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