SASW has been well known as one of nondestructive testing methods for pavements. This method makes use of the dispersion characteristics to estimate the thickness and modulus of pavement layers. It is difficult to obtain accurate dispersion curves even if the analytical surface wave fields are used, where only the stiffness proportional damping is considered. However, the good agreement of dispersion curves has been found for the analytical surface wave fields if Rayleigh damping is adopted in the numerical simulation. In this paper, a dynamic general FEM software was developed to inverse the layer moduli and Rayleigh damping coefficient of the tested pavement structure using the portable FWD
data. It shows that the predicted dispersion curves are well approximately to ones obtained from experimental SASW.
Runway roughness affects primarily ride quality and dynamic wheel loads. The forces applied onto the airport pavement by aircraft vary instantaneously above and blow the static weight, which in turn increase the runway roughness. One method to effectively assess the ride quality of the airport runway is to measure its longitudinal profile and numerical simulate aircraft response performing a takeoff, landing or taxiing on that profile data. In this study the aircraft responses excited as the aircraft accelerates or moves at a constant speed on the runway during takeoff and taxi are computed by using the improved computer program TAXI. This procedure is capable of taking into account both the effects of discrete runway bumps and runway roughness. Thus, sections of significant dynamic response can be determined, and the maintenance and rehabilitation works for airport runways will be conducted.