TITLE

Numerical investigation of fatigue characteristics of concrete pavement

AUTHOR(S)
Maitra, Swati; Reddy, K.; Ramachandra, L.
PUB. DATE
October 2014
SOURCE
International Journal of Fracture;Oct2014, Vol. 189 Issue 2, p181
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
In concrete pavements, fatigue is one of the major causes of distress. Repeated loads result in the formation of cracks. The propagation of these cracks cause internal progressive damage within the structure, which ultimately leads to failure of the pavement due to fatigue. This paper presents a theoretical investigation of crack propagation within concrete pavement and its fatigue characteristics under cyclic loading. A numerical fatigue performance model has been developed for this purpose. The model is based on fictitious crack approach for the propagation of cracks and stress degradation approach for estimating the bridging stress under cyclic loading. Using the numerical model, a parametric study has been performed for a typical concrete pavement to evaluate its fatigue characteristics for different foundation strengths. The method can be used for prediction of crack propagation in concrete pavement under cyclic loading and gives an estimate of the incremental damage or the entire crack history of the pavement.
ACCESSION #
98742813

 

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