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2018/19 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

TRAN5946M Deterioration and Maintenance of Pavements

15 creditsClass Size: 50

Module manager: Yue Huang

Taught: Semester 2 View Timetable

Year running 2018/19

Pre-requisite qualifications

Normally a good honours degree in Civil Engineering or cognate discipline or acceptance on a Masters programme in Civil Engineering.

Module replaces


This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

The highway network is a major economic asset of any country. This is an intensive four-day module, which is delivered largely by practising engineers.Material covered includes the design of pavements, pavement materials, highway management, forms of deterioration and associated investigative techniques, repair and maintenance and strengthening of pavements.


The module aims to familiarize students with issues surrounding pavement deterioration and maintenance such that they will be able to diagnose problems and recommend effective solutions.

Learning outcomes
On completion of the module the student will have acquired the following:
- understanding of the most common forms of deterioration pavements;
- knowledge of a range of investigative techniques that may be used to identify the forms of deterioration;
- awareness of a range of remedial measures which may be used and be able to select the most practical and economic course of action;
- awareness of the overall process of managing the highway asset.


- General introduction to bituminous concrete and other materials as used in pavements and their limitations.
- Investigation and diagnosis of a range of deterioration of a range of pavement types, including unpaved, bituminous, concrete, block paved roads and heavy duty pavements.
- Estimation of traffic loading, both past and future.
- Data collection to determine the construction and maintenance history of the pavement, using invasive and non-destructive methods including ground penetrating radar.
- Characterising existing materials of construction.
- Use of the falling Weight Deflectometer, longitudinal and transverse.
- Profiling and Skid resistance measuring equipment and interpretation of the output.
- Estimation of required strengthening requirements.
- Whole life costing and the preparation of economic and practical maintenance and rehabilitation proposals.
- Practical aspects of repair and strengthening together with relevant on-site and laboratory controls.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours116.00
Total Contact hours34.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)150.00

Private study

Students will be expected to read a number of key texts and papers to underpin their knowledge.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Discussion during module; case study report; project report.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Case StudyCase Study on assessed problem33.00
ReportProject Report17.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)50.00

1 case study report and assessed problems (33%) and 1 project report (17%) - to be submitted within 6 weeks of the module.

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc)1 hr 30 mins50.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)50.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 12/12/2018 16:33:10


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