A thermo-viscoelastic-viscoplastic-viscodamage constitutive model for asphaltic materials Academic Article uri icon


  • A temperature-dependent viscodamage model is proposed and coupled to the temperature-dependent Schapery's nonlinear viscoelasticity and the temperature-dependent Perzyna's viscoplasticity constitutive model presented in Abu Al-Rub et al. (2009) and Huang et al. (in press) in order to model the nonlinear constitutive behavior of asphalt mixes. The thermo-viscodamage model is formulated to be a function of temperature, total effective strain, and the damage driving force which is expressed in terms of the stress invariants of the effective stress in the undamaged configuration. This expression for the damage force allows for the distinction between the influence of compression and extension loading conditions on damage nucleation and growth. A systematic procedure for obtaining the thermo-viscodamage model parameters using creep test data at different stress levels and different temperatures is presented. The recursive-iterative and radial return algorithms are used for the numerical implementation of the nonlinear viscoelasticity and viscoplasticity models, respectively, whereas the viscodamage model is implemented using the effective (undamaged) configuration concept. Numerical algorithms are implemented in the well-known finite element code Abaqus via the user material subroutine UMAT. The model is then calibrated and verified by comparing the model predictions with experimental data that include creep-recovery, creep, and uniaxial constant strain rate tests over a range of temperatures, stress levels, and strain rates. It is shown that the presented constitutive model is capable of predicting the nonlinear behavior of asphaltic mixes under different loading conditions. 2010 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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altmetric score

  • 3

author list (cited authors)

  • Darabi, M. K., Abu Al-Rub, R. K., Masad, E. A., Huang, C., & Little, D. N.

citation count

  • 153

complete list of authors

  • Darabi, Masoud K||Abu Al-Rub, Rashid K||Masad, Eyad A||Huang, Chien-Wei||Little, Dallas N

publication date

  • January 2011