Moisture damage evaluation of asphalt mixtures by considering both moisture diffusion and repeated-load conditions Conference Paper uri icon


  • Two moisture damage models based on major moisture failure mechanisms are proposed. The adhesion failure model was developed to analyze the adhesive fracture between asphalt and aggregate in the presence of water. Cohesive and adhesive fractures in an asphalt-aggregate system are directly related to the surface energy characteristics of asphalt and aggregate. The surface energy of adhesion with or without the presence of water can be calculated from the surface energies of asphalt and aggregate. A moisture diffusion model was developed based on the one-dimensional consolidation of soil and a gas adsorption model. The moisture diffusion model was used to obtain the moisture diffusion characteristics of asphalt binders, including the amount of moisture that can permeate a binder and the diffusivity of the binder. The amount of moisture that permeates a binder is identified as a key factor in the moisture damage. Finally, mechanics-based experiments conducted on asphalt mixtures validated the results from the adhesion failure and diffusion models.

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author list (cited authors)

  • Cheng, D. X., Little, D. N., Lytton, R. L., & Holste, J. C.

citation count

  • 106

complete list of authors

  • Cheng, DX||Little, DN||Lytton, RL||Holste, JC

publication date

  • January 2003