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AF2904 Advanced Pavement Engineering Analysis and Design 6.0 credits

Course offering missing for current semester as well as for previous and coming semesters
Headings with content from the Course syllabus AF2904 (Autumn 2010–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

  • Review of distribution of stresses and strains in layered pavement systems
  • Layered elastic analysis and layer modulus back-calculation
  • Rutting and fatigue cracking performance criteria for flexible pavements
  • Low temperature cracking in flexible pavements       
  • Traffic and load spectra
  • Environmental effects on pavement performanc
  • Mechanistic-empirical pavement design procedures
  • Overview of the theory of viscoelasticity        
  • HMA fracture mechanics and application to top-down, bottom-up, and low temperature cracking in pavements 

Intended learning outcomes

Upon completion of this course the student will be able to:·        

  • Perform detailed analysis of stresses and strains in flexible pavements       
  • Perform mechanistic-empirical analysis and design
  • Perform layer modulus back-calculation procedures       
  • Apply basic concepts of viscoelasticity and fracture mechanics to the optimization of flexible pavement cracking resistance

Course disposition

Including part of  AF2019

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

At least 120 credits academic studies in Engineering, Science, Economics or Planning and documented proficiency in English B or equivalent (TOEFL, IELTS  e g).

AF2901 Road and Railway Track Engineering, or similar        

AF2903 Road Construction and Maintenance, or similar 

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, 3.0 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.

Other requirements for final grade

Passed written exam (4,5 ECTS credits)

Passed exercises (3 ECTS credits)

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 AF2904

Offered by

ABE/Building Materials

Main field of study

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Education cycle

Second cycle

Add-on studies

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