The non-stationary response of flexible pavements to moving loads Academic Article uri icon

abstract

  • © 2015 Taylor & Francis. In this paper, the pavement surface deterioration is investigated based on field measurements of surface roughness profiles obtained in Sweden. A predictive function for surface deterioration, based on average gradient of yearly measurements of the road surface profile in Swedish road network, is proposed. In order to characterise the dynamic loads induced on the pavement by moving traffic a quarter car model is used. Afterwards a non-stationary stochastic approach is used to obtain the yearly response of the pavement to moving loads. The solution is in frequency–wavenumber domain and is given for a non-stationary random case as the pavement surface deteriorates in pavement service life thus influencing the magnitude of the dynamic loads induced by the vehicles. The effect of pavement surface evolution on the stress state induced in the pavement by moving traffic is examined for a specific case of quarter car model and pavement structure. The results showed approximately a 100% increase in the dynamic component of stresses induced in the pavement.

author list (cited authors)

  • Khavassefat, P., Jelagin, D., & Birgisson, B.

citation count

  • 5

publication date

  • May 2016