Eshan Dave
University of Minnesota Duluth, United States

RESEARCH GOALS: To prescribe the necessary thicknesses and material properties necessary for longer lasting pavements

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MSC RESEARCH ASSIST AWARD: Mr. Dave and The University of Minnesota, Duluth Campus, are using MSC Nastran and Patran to generate the finite element models of pavement systems and provide insight into the mechanism of reflective cracking.

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Bio: Eshan Dave earned his baccalaureate in engineering (B.E.) from Sardar Patel University in Gujarat, India. Dr. Dave obtained his Masters and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in Civil Engineering in 2003 and 2009 respectively. At present, he is Assistant Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD). Prior to joining UMD in August 2010, Dr. Dave was Post-Doctoral Research Associate at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). Dr. Dave's research interests include reflective and thermal cracking distresses in pavements, performance test specifications for bituminous materials, numerical modeling of asphalt concrete, recycling of asphalt materials, and cold climate pavement performance.

Dr. Dave is an active member of several national and international research committees and organizations, such as, ASTM International, RILEM, Transportation Research Board (TRB) and The Association of Asphalt Paving Technologists. Dr. Dave is a member of TRB committees on Pavement Maintenance and Modeling of Geomechanics, and Task Group (TG) leader for newly formed RILEM technical committee on mechanisms of cracking and debonding in asphalt pavements. Dr. Dave is also an active reviewer for numerous journals in the field of asphalt materials, transportation engineering and computational mechanics.