PhD Research, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Advisor- Prof. Erol Tutumluer

The objective of my PhD research is to develop a stress history based data analysis approach as an analysis tool to predict deformation potentials of granular unbound layers utilizing the multidepth deflectometer (MDD) database from the Federal Aviation Administrations’ (FAA) National Airport Pavement Test Facility (NAPTF) in New Jersey, where full-size aircraft gear/wheel loads were applied with wanders on instrumented pavement test sections.The motivation behind this project is to create a better understanding of the damage mechanisms in the airport pavements. The expected outcome will ultimately result in helping the designers plan an effective maintenance and rehabilitation strategy, subsequently leading to an economic and sustainable airport pavement management system.

Won $10,000 research grant from FAA and Transportation Research Board (TRB) (2016-2017) (News-1News-2).