Pavement and alignment design of a new rural road in the province of Bologna

Ayat, Maher (2014) Pavement and alignment design of a new rural road in the province of Bologna. [Laurea magistrale], Università di Bologna, Corso di Studio in Civil engineering [LM-DM270]
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This thesis aims to give a general view of pavement types all over the world, by showing the different characteristics of each one and its different life steps starting from construction, passing by maintenance and arriving until recycling phase. The flexible pavement took the main part of this work because it has been used in the last part of this thesis to design a project of a rural road. This project is located in the province of Bologna-Italy (‘Comune di Argelato’, 26 km in the north of Bologna), and has 5677, 81 m of length. A pavement design was made using the program BISAR 3.0 and a fatigue life study was made, also, in order to estimate the number of loads (in terms of heavy vehicles axle) to cause road’s failure . An alignment design was made for this project and a safety study was established in order to check if the available sight distance at curves respects the safety norms or not, by comparing it to the stopping sight distance. Different technical sheets are demonstrated and several cases are discussed in order to clarify the main design principles and underline the main hazardous cases to be avoided especially at intersection. This latter, its type’s choice depends on several factors in order to make the suitable design according to the environmental data. At this part of the road, the safety is a primordial point due to the high accident rate in this zone. For this reason, different safety aspects are discussed especially at roundabouts, signalized intersections, and also some other common intersection types. The design and the safety norms are taken with reference to AASHTO (American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials), ACT (Transportation Association of Canada), and also according to Italian norms (Decreto Ministeriale delle Starde).

Tipologia del documento
Tesi di laurea (Laurea magistrale)
Autore della tesi
Ayat, Maher
Relatore della tesi
Corso di studio
Ordinamento Cds
Parole chiave
Flexible pavement, Rigid pavement, Vertical alignment, Horizontal alignment, Sight Distance (SD), Stopping Sight Distance (SSD).
Data di discussione della Tesi
13 Febbraio 2014

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