MECHANISTIC PAVEMENT DESIGN – Faster and Better with CIRCLY 6.0
The CIRCLY computer aided design program is used within the CPEE Postgraduate studies unit "Pavement Design", and is the basis of the CPEE short course titled "Mechanistic Pavement Design-CIRCLY. The introduction of the just released CIRCLY 6.0 is a bonus for students and delegates alike.
Dr Leigh Wardle, presenter of the CPEE short course and author of the CIRCLY program, advises that CIRCLY 6.0 is a powerful user friendly, Windows-based package that automates mechanistic pavement design and analysis. "This Australian designed system has been in regular use world-wide for more than two decades proving its worth in thousands of design applications. Since 1987 it has formed an integral part of the Austroads Pavement Design Guide, the standard for road design in Australian and New Zealand."
Further, Leigh has advised that "CIRCLY 6.0 implements a rigorous flexible pavement design methodology that incorporates state-of-the-art pavement material properties and performance models. It calculates the cumulative damage induced by the whole traffic spectrum."
"Pavement and loading databases eliminate the need to constantly re-key information.. CIRCLY 6.0 is an open system that lets you define your own material properties and loadings. CIRCLY 6.0 generates graphs that show the variation of the damage factor across the pavement and can also generate graphs of any component of displacement, strain or stress in two-dimensional or three-dimensional form."
Leigh was expansive on the Automatic Thickness Design capability stating "one can determine the optimum thickness of a given layer in a fraction of a second on any PC."
"The Parametric Analysis feature can loop through a range of thicknesses for one or two layers, while simultaneously designing the thickness of another layer. This feature will optimise up to three layers. Combining this with a Cost Analysis feature, allows for fine-tuning of layer thicknesses to minimize construction and maintenance costs."
Further information via www.mincad.com.au