Pavements Research Briefs

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LCA Research Brief: Uncertainty in IRI Incorporated into LCA
June 1, 2013

Incorporating uncertainty in IRI predictions from MEPDG into LCA models improves the characterization of uncertainty in comparative LCAs, and increases the robustness of conclusions regarding the...

LCA Research Brief: Initial Cost Uncertainty in LCA
May 1, 2013

Using historical bid data to characterize uncertainty in initial costs for LCCAs will help improve the accuracy of probabilistic LCCAs. Some of the cost variation can be explained by understanding...

LCA Research Brief: PVI Mechanistic Model Refined
April 1, 2013

The refined PVI model can be used to obtain the deflection in any direction (including the direction perpendicular to the motion) and allows us also to study effect of tire shape and multi wheels...

LCA Research Brief: Deterioration Induced Roughness in the US Network
February 1, 2013

Pavement material and structural design directly influence pavement performance and its deterioration rate. Pavements with slower deterioration rates require fewer maintenance activities to meet...

LCA Research Brief: Key Drivers of Uncertainty in Pavement LCA
November 1, 2012

This research presents a sensitivity analysis to quantify the level of contribution of different factors in the life cycle assessment of pavements under uncertainty. The results of this approach...

LCA Research Brief: Forecasting Prices with Limited Data
October 1, 2012

Characterizing the price behavior of inputs for concrete and asphalt is a major step towards identifying an appropriate price model in the absence of significant historical data. Current work is...

LCA Research Brief: Potential Roadway Network Savings and PVI
July 1, 2012

Analyses of the impact of PVI on vehicle fuel consumption for different roadway functional systems demonstrate the impact of pavement design and management on vehicle fuel consumption. Such...

LCA Research Brief: Comparative Pavement LCAs With Uncertainty
June 1, 2012

This research provides a probabilistic model for comparative life cycle environmental assessment of pavements in the presence of uncertainty and variation. Making use of this model (while...

LCA Research Brief: Network, Pavements and Fuel Consumption
April 1, 2012

Quantifying the impacts of pavement properties and management strategies on vehicle fuel consumption can provide guidance to pavement design and maintenance schedules while reducing the footprint...

LCA Research Brief: Modeling Uncertainty in LCCA
March 1, 2012

Interfacing this model with the recently developed MEPDG will allow decision makers to fully understand the probabilistic life-cycle cost of alternative designs for a given project. This will...


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