Concrete Pavement Design Optimization

YEREVAN, Armenia— On February 20, the Zaven & Sonia Akian College of Science & Engineering (CSE) of the American University of Armenia (AUA) hosted Mr. Razmik Martirosyan. The speaker presented his study on the integration of several phenomena that affect the behavior of concrete pavements in a single numerical tool, which achieves an optimized design.

In speaking about the two main traditional options of building roads and highways: asphalt and concrete pavements, Mr. Martirosyan noted their key differences. Moreover, he brought up several examples where concrete pavements have been used for streets, airports, parking lots and emphasized that with proper designs, these infrastructures may serve for decades without maintenance. The use of concrete pavements is a future trend because for several reasons including its less harmful environmental impacts, economic benefits, low-cost life cycle, etc. The reported service lives for concrete pavements by highway agencies is 25-40 years.

Mr. Martirosyan graduated from AUA’s Industrial Engineering and Systems Management (IESM) program in 2012. Currently, he is a Ph.D. student at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC) – BarcelonaTECH in the department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. His research focuses on the application of numerical methods in concrete pavements design, which is one of the main traditional options of building roads and highways.

Founded in 1991, the American University of Armenia (AUA) is a private, independent university located in Yerevan, Armenia and affiliated with the University of California. AUA provides a global education in Armenia and the region, offering high-quality, graduate and undergraduate studies, encouraging civic engagement, and promoting public service and democratic values.