ABSTRACTTitle of Document: MECHANISTIC-EMPIRICAL DESIGN OFFLEXIBLE PAVEMENTS: A SENSITIVITY STUDYRegis L. Carvalho, Master of Science, 2006Thesis directed by: Dr. Charles W. SchwartzDepartment of Civil and Environmental EngineeringPavement structural design is a daunting task. Traffic loading is a heterogeneousmix of vehicles, axle types and loads with distributions that vary daily and over the pavement design life. Pavement materials respond to these loads in complex waysinfluenced by stress state and magnitude, temperature, moisture, loading rate, and other factors. Environment exposure adds further complications. It should be no wonder the profession has resorted to largely empirical methods. Developments over recent decadesoffered an opportunity for more rational and rigorous pavement design procedures. Thelatest of these accomplishments is the development of the mechanistic-empirical pavement design procedure in NCHRP Project 1-37A. This study presents a comparisonof flexible pavement designs between the 1993 AASHTO guide and the NCHRP 1-37Amethodology and a sensitivity analysis of the NCHRP 1-37A’s input parameters.Recommendations for future studies involving the application and implementation of thenew mechanistic-empirical pavement design guide concludes the study.