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System Dynamics for Complex Problems in Pavement Engineering



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ISBN 9781032382906
March 28, 2023 Forthcoming by CRC Press
152 Pages 98 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Increasingly, segments of the civil infrastructure are considered to be parts of larger systems, which requires a systems approach for a fuller and proper understanding and solutions of problems. Unfortunately, the subject of a system or a systems approach is barely covered in a standard civil and environmental engineering curriculum. Most, if not all, civil engineering problems are those involving interdependency, and hence segmented approaches of learning one individual topic at a time makes it difficult for students to learn, understand, and apply rational concepts for the design, construction, and maintenance of larger infrastructure components. System Dynamics for Complex Problems in Pavement Engineering presents an introduction to a systems approach to help readers evolve and develop their capabilities of learning, communicating, and researching through system dynamics modeling and experimentation.

Further, it helps students appreciate the need for systems thinking in modeling, analyzing, and proposing solutions for multidisciplinary problems in pavement engineering.

Table of Contents

1. WHY THIS BOOK?
2. PEDAGOGICAL BACKGROUND
3. DYNAMICS IN PAVEMENTS
4. HOW TO MODEL A PROBLEM
5. RELATIONSHIPS BETWEEN VARIABLES
6. CASCADING EFFECTS
7. FEEDBACK CAUSAL SYSTEM
8. ANALYSIS OF PAVEMENT SYSTEMS
9. MULTIDISCIPLINARY ANALYSIS
10. PROABILISTIC SIMULATION WITH SYSTEM DYNAMICS
11. SYSTEM OF SYSTEMS
12. SYSTEM DYNAMICS – PATH FORWARD

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Biography

Rajib Basu Mallick, PhD, PE, FASCE is a Visiting Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Texas, El Paso and an Affiliate Professor of Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Massachusetts, USA. He is a graduate of Auburn University, USA, and has worked as a senior research associate at the National Center for Asphalt Technology (NCAT), Auburn University, and as Ralph White Family Distinguished Professor at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Massachusetts, USA. He has more than thirty years of experience in the field of pavement engineering, specifically resilient and sustainable pavements. He has successfully completed more than 30 research projects and 10 consulting projects for the Federal Highway Administration, the Federal Aviation Administration, and State Departments of Transportation, and has developed technologies that are used for the design of innovative bituminous mixes. He is a recipient of US Fulbright fellowship, and has authored 2 textbooks, 106 journal papers, 75 conference papers, and 38 research reports, and has a US patent.