Structural performance evaluation of block pavements using heavy vehicle simulator

Shafiqur Rahman*, Erik Simonsen, Fredrik Hellman, Abubeker Ahmed, Sigurdur Erlingsson

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Block pavements (BPs) can be of different types depending on applications and provide certain advantages in many instances. Among BPs, permeable concrete block pavements (PCBPs) play a vital role in sustainable drainage system and help the growth of trees and vegetations in urban environment. With the expansion of the usage of BPs from parking lots to heavier trafficked areas and owing to changing climatic conditions, it is necessary to develop guidelines for their designs and constructions. With this objective, ten different types of BPs were investigated in an accelerated pavement testing facility using a heavy vehicle simulator (HVS). The surface rutting developed during the load applications were measured. The impact of moisture was also investigated by raising the ground water table during the tests. By comparing the rutting performances of the BPs to a reference BP structure, the layer thicknesses of these BPs were adjusted using a pavement design software to attain the same rutting performance as the reference structure. Based on these analyses, design tables for BPs for Swedish conditions were developed. In this paper, the results from the HVS tests and the methodology used for the development of the design tables are summarized.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAccelerated Pavement Testing to Transport Infrastructure Innovation - Proceedings of 6th APT Conference
EditorsArmelle Chabot, Pierre Hornych, John Harvey, Luis Guillermo Loria-Salazar
Number of pages9
ISBN (Print)9783030552350
Publication statusPublished - 2020
Event6th International Conference on Accelerated Pavement Testing, APT 2021 - Nantes, France
Duration: 27 Sept 202129 Sept 2021

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Civil Engineering
Volume96 LNCE
ISSN (Print)2366-2557
ISSN (Electronic)2366-2565


Conference6th International Conference on Accelerated Pavement Testing, APT 2021

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Publisher Copyright:
© Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2020.

Other keywords

  • Block pavements
  • Design tables
  • Heavy vehicle simulator
  • Permeable pavements
  • Rutting


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