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CECOS University of IT & Emerging Sciences, Peshawar,

Board of Advanced Studies and Research
MSc Degree programmes
Submission of Thesis Proposal

1. Student Name:

2. Student ID:

3. CGPA:

4. Contact Phone No.:

5. Email:

6. Department: Electrical Engineering

7. Date of Registration:

8. Major Area of Study:

9. Courses Completed
10. Research Topic:

11. Proposed Starting Date:

Expected Completion

13. Supervisor Name:

Dr. Zahid Ullah

PGS Advisor
Department of Electrical Engineering
CECOS University, Peshawar



Contact Number: ………………… CGPA: ………………………

Email: …………………………….

(Note: CGPA must be 2.5 or greater, otherwise not eligible for thesis and award of
MS Degree. Student is responsible for confirming his CGPA from controller section if
not known to him. In case of quoting wrong CGPA, thesis fee will be not refunded,
nor will MS Degree be awarded)
Sign of Student: …………………

1. Name and ID of Student: Ali Khan, CU-209-2009

2. Department: Electrical Engineering

3. Date of Registration in the M.Sc. Degree Program: Spring 2015

4. Major Area of Study: Communication Engineering

5. Courses Studied
1. Advance Digital Communication
2. Wireless and Mobile Communications
3. Advance Digital Signal Processing
4. Computer and Telecom Networks
5. RF Communication Systems Design
6. Adaptive Filter Theory
7. Research Methodology
8. Advanced Digital System Design

6. Summary of Research Proposal

(i) Research Topic:


(ii) Introduction/Problem Statement:

Concrete shrinks as the cement paste hardens. If a concrete slab of moderate
dimensions rests freely on its supports, it can contract to accommodate the shortening
of its length produced by shrinkage. However, in the overlay system, concrete overlay
and old pavement are in contact with each other and the overlay cannot contract

freely. Thus, as overlaid concrete shrinks, a certain amount of tensile stresses will be
developed in the overlay. A change in temperature also results in stresses in the
overlaid slab. The stresses caused by shrinkage and temperature changes are
illustrated in Figure 1.2 [1].

Figure 1. Temperature or
temperature induced tensile stresses in concrete overlay

Traffic loading over pavement induces bending stresses in the slab. Due to the
influence of existing cracks in old pavement (no load transfer through the existing
cracks), the bending stresses in the overlay achieve the maximum value at and/or
close to the existing cracked section, i.e., in or close to the cross-section of existing
cracks. In addition, due to the difference in deformation behavior between new
constructed overlay and old pavement, a certain delamination along the interface of
overlay and old pavement starting from the existing cracks will take place. Therefore,
the above maximum bending stress zone is extended to both sides from the existing
cracks to the endpoints of the delamination zone on each side [2].
As the tensile stress produced by shrinkage and/or temperature changes and traffic
loading attains the tensile strength of the overlay material, cracking occurs. These
cracks are known as reflective cracks in overlaid pavements. Generally, these
reflective cracks are present around existing cracks in the old pavement due to above-
stated reasons. These reflective cracks are subjected to freeze and thaw cycles.
Freezing water expands and results in additional damage, increase of crack width and
depth. Cracking in slab surface is exacerbated by traffic loads. Each passage of a
heavy wheel may cause a strain/ stress concentration, which leads to further cracking
and disintegration of the slabs. In addition, further development of concrete shrinkage
or temperature change also leads to the growth of the transverse cracks. These
combined factors lead to the formation of through-thickness cracks [3].
Water gradually moves downward through the cracks. Under repeated traffic load,
the through crack faces are gradually worn out, leading to the loss of load distribution
in the longitudinal direction. As a result, the overlay slab does not behave as a plate

any longer but acts as transverse beam. The presence of water accelerates the wearing
out procedure. Finally, passages of truck wheels on the cracked overlay result in
severe spalling, reducing or terminating the ability to carry traffic.
The above studies indicate that in overlaid pavements, the initial shrinkage and/or
temperature change and traffic loading induced reflective cracking and subsequent
through slab-thickness crack propagation under repeated traffic load are the principal
reasons for limiting the service life of the structures. Therefore, the prevention of
reflective cracking in overlaid slabs is crucial, and the sequence of deterioration
stages described above has to be interrupted before final pavement failure. Hence,
reducing shrinkage crack width and enhancing fatigue crack growth resistance of the
material become critical objectives to prolong the service life of the overlaid
Any crack or joint in a pavement tends to reflect through an overlay placed on the
cracked pavement. The rate at which the reflection process develops depends on the
magnitude of the stress concentration at the tip of the crack or joint, the resistance of
the overlay material to crack propagation and the characteristics of the interface
between overlay and existence pavement. The stress concentration at the tip of the
crack or joint develops as a result of the bending, shearing and tearing actions of
traffic loads and tensile bending actions caused by temperature and movements as
well as temperature and moisture gradient. The possibility of occurrence of reflection
crack is dependant on the relative thickness of the overlay and the cracked pavements.
Thermal variations within the pavement also play an important role in the occurrence
of reflection cracking. According to the classical fatigue theory, cracks due to traffic
loads are initiated at the bottom of the bound layers and propagate upwards to the

(iii) Objectives
The objective of this work is to assess the performance of polymeric concrete
with synthetic fiber reinforcement against reflective cracking in the overlay system.

(iv) Methodology: To achieve the objective the study will focus on the following
a. To measure the performance of polymeric concrete with synthetic
fibers as an overlay material in terms of the load-deflection, strain-

deflection and load –strain behavior of beams of the polymeric
b. Testing of cubes of plain concrete and of concrete with synthetic fiber
needles after 7 and 28 days for compressive strengths.
c. Flexure testing of beams of the polymeric concrete.
d. Preparing Finite element models in Ansys software for the beams.

7. References:

[1] N. Mohan, W. Fung, D. Wright, and M. Sachdev, “Design techniques and

test methodology for low-power TCAMs,” Very Large Scale Integration
(VLSI) Systems, IEEE Transactions on, vol. 14, no. 6, pp.573–586, 2006.
[2] P. Mahoney, Y. Savaria, G. Bois, and P. Plante, “Parallel hashing
memories: an alternative to content addressable memories,” in IEEE-
NEWCAS Conference, 2005. The 3rd International, 2005, pp. 223–226.
[3] Z. Ullah, K. Ilgon, and S. Baeg, “Hybrid partitioned SRAM-based ternary
content addressable memory,” Circuits and Systems I: Regular Papers,
IEEE Transactions on, vol. 59, no. 12, pp. 2969–2979, 2012.

8. Contributions to the Field/ Benefits:

The results of this research work will be useful for highway industry. It will
make the pavement surface more durable and suitable for comfortable riding. It
will reduce the risk of failure. It will make the construction economical.

9. Work schedule/plan

Literature Review Four weeks

Material selection Two weeks

Analysis Six weeks

Development of testing plan Four weeks

Conclusion and results Eight weeks

Thesis writing Four weeks

Proposed Starting Date: February 2011

Expected Date of Completion: August 2011

Are Major facilities available for the work? Yes

Are Additional facilities required? Give detail: Nil

Name of the Candidate: Ali Khan
Signature of Candidate:


Name: Dr. Ali Khan

Signature _____________

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CECOS University of IT & Emerging Sciences, Hayatabad Peshawar

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 List of Figures
 List of abbreviations
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Table 1. Base and Supplementary S.I Units.

Quantity Unit Symbol

Amount of Substance mole mol
Electric Current Ampere A
Length meter m
Luminous Intensity Candels cd
Mass Kilogram kg
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Time Second s
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Solid angle Steradian sr

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Quantity Name Symbol Expression Expression in
in terms of terms of SI
other units base units
Absorbed dose, specific Gray Gy J/Kg m2 s-2
energy imparted, kerma,
absorbed dose index
Activity (of a Becquerel bq s-1
Capacitance farad F C/V m-2 kg-1 s4 A2
Celsius Temperature degree C K
Conductance Siemens S A/V m-2 kg-1 s3 A2
Electric potential, Volt V W/A m-2 kg s-3 A-1
potential difference,
electromotive force.
Electric Resistance Ohm Ω V/A m2 kg s-3 A-2
Energy, work, quantity, Joule J Nm m2 kg s-2
of heat.
Force Newton N m kg s-2
Frequency Hertz Hz s-1
Power, radiant flux Watt W J/s m2 kg s-3
Pressure, stress Pascal Pa N/m2 m-1 kg s-2
Quantity of electricity, coulomb C sA
electric charge

Table 3. SI prefixes.
Order of magnitude Prefic Symbol
1018 exa E
1015 peta P
1012 tera T
109 giga G
106 mega M
103 kilo k
102 hecto h
101 deca da
10-1 deci d
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Material Type Works Cited

Book in print [1] B. Klaus and P. Horn, Robot Vision. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 1986.

Chapter in book [2] L. Stein, “Random patterns,” in Computers and You, J. S. Brake, Ed. New
York: Wiley, 1994, pp. 55-70.

eBook [3] L. Bass, P. Clements, and R. Kazman, Software Architecture in Practice, 2nd
ed. Reading, MA: Addison Wesley, 2003. [E-book] Available: Safari e-book.

Journal article [4] J. U. Duncombe, "Infrared navigation - Part I: An assessment of

feasability," IEEE Trans. Electron. Devices, vol. ED-11, pp. 34-39, Jan. 1959.

Conference paper [5] L. Liu and H. Miao, "A specification based approach to testing polymorphic
attributes," in Formal Methods and Software Engineering: Proceedings of the
6th International Conference on Formal Engineering Methods, ICFEM 2004,
Seattle, WA, USA, November 8-12, 2004, J. Davies, W. Schulte, M. Barnett, Eds.
Berlin: Springer, 2004. pp. 306-19.

Newspaper article [6] J. Riley, "Call for new look at skilled migrants," The Australian, p. 35, May
(from database) 31, 2005. [Online]. Available: Factiva, http://global.factiva.com. [Accessed May
31, 2005].

Technical report [7] J. H. Davis and J. R. Cogdell, “Calibration program for the 16-foot
antenna,” Elect. Eng. Res. Lab., Univ. Texas,
Austin, Tech. Memo. NGL-006-69-3, Nov. 15, 1987.

Patent [8] J. P. Wilkinson, “Nonlinear resonant circuit devices,” U.S. Patent 3 624 125,
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Standard [9] IEEE Criteria for Class IE Electric Systems, IEEE Standard 308, 1969.

Thesis/Dissertation [10] J. O. Williams, “Narrow-band analyzer,” Ph.D. dissertation, Dept. Elect.

Eng., Harvard Univ., Cambridge, MA, 1993.

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Thesis cover page, title page, spine, and approval certificate.

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 Thesis spine


Thesis Number:

Submitted By

Student Name
Student Number

Supervised By

Supervisor Name

Department of Electrical Engineering

Faculty of Engineering

CECOS University of Information Technology and Emerging

Sciences Peshawar, Pakistan


Thesis Number:

Thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of

Master of Science in Electrical Engineering

Submitted By

Student Name
Student Number

Supervised By

Supervisor Name

Department of Electrical Engineering

Faculty of Engineering

CECOS University of Information Technology and Emerging

Sciences Peshawar, Pakistan

Approval Certificate

This is to certify that the work contained in this thesis entitled “Thesis title” by
“Student name” was carried out under my supervision and in my opinion is fully
adequate in scope and quality for the degree of Master of Science in Electrical

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