MSc courses

From the group Pavement Engineering the following MSc courses are provided:

CIE4880 Road Paving Materials

Stresses and deformations occurring in pavement structures due to traffic loadings. Characterisation of various road building materials, such as clay, laterite, sand, stabilised soils, base materials, concrete, (modified) bitumen and bituminous mixtures. Mechanical behaviour of these materials as a function of the external conditions, such as stress levels, loading time, temperature and moisture. The performance based design of mixtures, tests, specifications, recycling and environmental aspects. Measures and materials for road maintenance.

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CIE4860 Structural Pavement Design
Stresses and strains occurring in asphalt pavements due to traffic loadings. Structural design of asphalt pavements for various design criteria. Software packages for design of asphalt mixes and asphalt pavements. Measurements for determination of the functional condition of the pavement. The principles of probabilistics applied in the structural design of an asphalt pavement.

Structural design of concrete pavements and small element pavements, including design criteria and software packages.

Exercise: the computer-aided structural design of an asphalt pavement (including the design of the asphalt mix and probabilistics), a concrete pavement and a small element pavement.

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CIE5850 Pavement Construction and Maintenance

In the fourth year MSc course on materials students learn about the important properties of pavement materials and tests to determine them, the course on Pavement Design showed them how using these properties, we can design pavements that meet the requirements. A good pavement construction process ensures that the intended material and structural properties are actually realized. As such, it is the crucial link that turns theory into practice. Due to the nature of our materials and the complexity of the construction process, good quality construction is an art. In this course, guest lecturers from practice will explain the various aspects of the pavement construction process and how they can affect the end result. 

Once a pavement is in place, damage will eventually occur and maintenance is needed to ensure its continued performance. The course also addresses the different types of pavement damage, how they can be monitored, what maintenance methods are available and how the development of these damage types can be affected by the various stages of construction.

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CIE5871 Micromechanical analysis of (Porous) Asphalt Concrete

Traditionally, pavement design uses a multi-layer geometry for the pavement and linear-elastic properties for the pavement materials, to determine the bearing capacity of the structure with respect to the expected traffic during the design life. The complexity of pavement materials (heterogeneous, viscous, healing and aging), the variability in loads and the deceptively simple geometry which is difficult to simplify, make more complex analyses discouragingly  time consuming. However, the analysis techniques and computer power evolve rapidly and the increasing availability of detailed performance data as well as an increased focus on wearing course performance, drives road engineering practitioners to embrace advanced analyses methods to understand the performance of mixtures and structures. 

In this course we look at those advanced analyses methods, specifically the finite element method (FEM). You will learn how to apply this method for pavement analyses, building your own meshes including a micromechanical one that allows you to assess the interaction between stones and mastic.

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