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An Introduction to Principles of Pavement Drainage

J. Paul Guyer, P.E., R.A., Fellow ASCE, Fellow AEI

This course will introduce you to principles of pavement drainage. Water has a detrimental effect on pavement performance, primarily by either weakening subsurface materials or erosion of material by free water movement. For flexible pavements the weakening of the base, subbase or subgrade when saturated with water is one of the main causes of pavement failures. In rigid pavement free water, trapped between the rigid concrete surface and an impermeable layer directly beneath the concrete, moves due to pressure caused by loadings. This movement of water (referred to as pumping) erodes the subsurface material creating voids under the concrete surface. In frost areas subsurface water will contribute to frost damage by heaving during freezing and loss of subgrade support during thawing. Poor subsurface drainage can also contribute to secondary damage such as 'D' cracking or swelling of subsurface materials.

This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of course materials.

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