Continuously reinforced concrete pavement (CRCP) is increasingly being used in the United States based on its longer service life with minimal maintenance. CRCP provides excellent performance for heavily loaded traffic volume, if designed and constructed properly. The performance of CRCP is evaluated based on punch-outs and pavement roughness according to the Pavement ME (mechanistic-empirical) Design procedure which is the state-of-the-art pavement design tool. Design of CRCP is dependent on various factors including traffic, climate, material inputs and pavement geometry. This study focuses on evaluating the effects of concrete mechanical and thermal properties and traffic volume on CRCP performance. CRCP design simulations were conducted using Pavement ME Design software version 2.3 to evaluate the effects of material input data on CRCP performance and it was observed that there is significant difference between the performance predictions with time series data in comparison to the default data. The impact of material inputs is more significant on punch-outs distress as compared to the pavement roughness. This necessitates the importance of lab tested material inputs for accurate design of CRCP. The impact of traffic volume on CRCP performance was also evaluated and it was found that with increase in traffic volume, the pavement distresses increases and the performance decreases.
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