This technical guidance sets out the new French design methodology for new flexible airport pavements, implementing the last findings in pavement engineering. The validation of pavement structures is based on a mechanical design which is completed by frost-thaw verification.
This document constitutes a technical frame of reference which enables comprehending pavement design studies at best and with a unique approach. This is why elements relative to pavement foundation, surface course and pavement materials, are tackled complementarily to the design procedure itself.
The method has a vocation to be applied not only to the French airfields, but also abroad. Local specificities (climate, geotechnics, infrastructure management…) may be implemented by designers through various parameters.
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