Two-step fracture mechanics-based approach to assess early-age delamination distress Academic Article uri icon


  • The development of a comprehensive, early-age delamination model requires an integration of interfacial strength of the aggregatemortar interface and environmental, materials, and construction effects. Previous research has led to the establishment of the model's mechanism that can be characterized with engineering mechanics. However, fracture mechanics theory, which is more suitable to represent the delamination process, has not been widely applied to concrete pavement analysis. A two-step fracture mechanicsbased model was developed to predict the occurrence potential of delamination in continuously reinforced concrete pavements. The model is based on the comparison between the stress intensity factor (KI) and fracture toughness (KIC). The development of the KIof concrete at an early age was simulated through a two-step numerical analysis, including (a) a coupled thermalhygro analysis to predict the temperature and moisture profiles and the associated material properties and (b) a coupled hygromechanical stress analysis to predict the differential drying shrinkage-induced stress. This model addressed the integration of effects of environment, materials, and construction factors through key parameters that included moisture diffusivity, shrinkage strain gradient, pavement thickness, and elastic modulus of concrete.

published proceedings


author list (cited authors)

  • Liu, J., Zhang, X., & Zollinger, D. G.

citation count

  • 5

complete list of authors

  • Liu, Juanyu||Zhang, Xiong||Zollinger, Dan G

publication date

  • January 2007