Fatigue Performance Evaluation of WesTrack Asphalt Mixtures Based on Viscoelastic Analysis of Indirect Tensile Test

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Title: Fatigue Performance Evaluation of WesTrack Asphalt Mixtures Based on Viscoelastic Analysis of Indirect Tensile Test
Author: Wen, Haifang
Advisors: Kim Y. R., Chair
Tayebali, A. A., Member
Guddati, M., Member
Hassan, T., Member
Abstract: This dissertation presents the viscoelastic characterization of asphalt concrete in indirect tensile testing and the development of a simple performance test for fatigue cracking. The analytical solutions to calculate creep compliance and center strain from displacements measured on the specimen surface were developed based upon the theory of viscoelasticity. These developments were verified by 3-D finite element viscoelastic analysis and tests. A simple performance test was developed based on these solutions and work potential theory. To evaluate its validity, the indirect tensile tests were performed on WesTrack asphalt mixtures varying aggregate gradations, asphalt contents, and air void contents. Fracture energy obtained from indirect tensile strength testing and creep testing was highly correlated with field performance of these mixtures at WesTrack. A combination of indirect tensile creep and strength testing was proposed as a simple performance test for fatigue cracking. Recommendations for expanding the applicability of the simple performance test developed are provided.
Date: 2001-08-07
Degree: PhD
Discipline: Civil Engineering
URI: http://www.lib.ncsu.edu/resolver/1840.16/3354


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