Journal of Applied Sciences1812-56541812-5662Asian Network for Scientific Information10.3923/jas.2015.923.928NjockPierre Guy Atangana YueguangLi 62015156This study deals with the comparison of French and Chinese approaches for the design of flexible pavement. The Finite Element Analysis (FEA using ANSYS) was used to compute and compare the mechanical responses in four typical pavement structures used in France and China, for respective axle type and loads. The study concluded that the maximum deflection in typical structure of stabilized asphalt pavement in China is greater than that obtained in the typical treated bases asphalt pavement in France. Therefore, the high modulus materials used in the French method allows the structure to have a high rutting resistance compared to Chinese pavement structures whose the values of the elastic modulus of materials are relatively lower. The results also shown that, the Chinese methodology is advantageous for the design of semi-rigid asphalt pavement, in terms of the mechanical response at the bottom of treated base layer. There are considerable differences between the equivalent axle load conversion methods and the reference axles loads used in France and in China and both methodologies pavement design indexes are established on the criterion of fatigue at the bottom of asphaltic concrete layer for acceptable pavement performance at the end of the design period (i.e., acceptable levels of rutting, fatigue cracking and thermal cracking).]]>Huang, Y.H.,2003Von Quintus, H.L.,2001Charkroborty, P. and A. Das,2003Papagiannakis, A.T. and E. Masad,2008JTJ D50,2006Zhang, X.N.,2009LCPC and SETRA.,1998Perret, J.,2002Diogo, J.F.R., A.A.M. Shubber and M.H. Lin,2007Austroads,2010Hernando, D. and M.A. del Val,2013