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AF2903 Road Construction and Maintenance 7.5 credits

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Headings with content from the Course syllabus AF2903 (Autumn 2021–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

In this course, students will learn about characterization and mechanical properties of road materials. Similarly, the students will understand pavement failure mechanisms, causes and reparation techniques. Furthermore students will acquire knowledge about mechanistic design, construction, maintenance, and rehabilitation of flexible pavements. The course also focuses on pavement evaluation, management systems, cost analysis, quality control and contracts. The course combines lectures, with on-line course material and hands-on exercises.

Intended learning outcomes

Upon completion of this course the student is expected to:

  • Understand failure modes/mechanisms in pavements;
  • Learn principles of construction, maintenance, and rehabilitation of flexible pavements;
  • Know about characterization and mechanical properties of asphalt binder, aggregates and asphalt mixtures;
  • Explain volumetric composition of asphalt concrete;
  • Describe pavement evaluation and safety;
  • Learn Mechanistic-Empirical pavement design basics;
  • Understand Life Cycle Assessment and Life Cycle Cost of pavements;
  • Describe Pavement Management Systems;
  • Explain Quality Control and Quality Assurance of pavements;
  • Acquire knowledge about contracts and bidding for pavements.

Course disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Documented knowledge in Road- and Railway Track Engineering and Structural Engineering equivalent to at least 15 ECTS corresponding to the content in courses AF2901 and AF2003.

Eng B/6 according to the Swedish upper secondary school system.

Recommended prerequisites

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Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale

A, B, C, D, E, FX, F


  • TEN1 - Examination, 4.5 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • ÖVN1 - Exercises, 3.0 credits, grading scale: P, F

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

In order to pass the course all exercises should be handed in and considered passed by the instructor.

The paper reviewing and presentation assignment shall be done in groups of no more than 3 people.  Each student is expected to do his share, including the presentation and discussion section.  This will be strictly enforced by the Instructor.

75% overall attendance is required.

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Ethical approach

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

Further information

Course web

Further information about the course can be found on the Course web at the link below. Information on the Course web will later be moved to this site.

Course web AF2903

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Main field of study

Built Environment

Education cycle

Second cycle

Add-on studies

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Alvaro Guarin,, 08-790 8708