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H-25 Loading

H-25 Loading

H-25 Loading

I am designing a cement-treated base (CTB) using the PCA design guidelines for a pavement over soft ground.  The subgade will be a silty soil.  I was asked by the PM if my design included AASHTO H-25 loading and now I understand it has to do with how axle loads are transferred to drainage structures (culverts?).  The road is rural and most of the heavy traffic is 56,000 pound 4-axle gravel dumptrucks with a tandem axle (the fourth axle is retractable).

The PCA design procedure uses the fatigue factor to estimate CTB thickness.  Does the AASHTO H-25 load diagram apply to the fatigue factor calculation?  


RE: H-25 Loading

The AASHTO H-25 loading is a fictitious theoretical design truck.

Here is a primer on AASHTO pavement design that hopefully will help:


Many other resources are also available online. Google "AASHTO pavement design"


RE: H-25 Loading

In bridge design we normally use HS-20 loading, and if we were asked to use HS-25 loading we would have a corresponding increase in the fatigue distress.  You may need to increase your fatigue values by 25% in this case.

RE: H-25 Loading

Since you are looking at a pavemet, not a structure, you may have better luck looking at ESALS, not H-loading.

How many ESALS per HS-25?

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