An inverse approach to determine complex modulus gradient of field-aged asphalt mixtures Academic Article uri icon


  • 2017, RILEM. This study develops a new mechanical-based method to determine the complex modulus and modulus gradient of field-aged asphalt mixtures using the direct tension test. Due to the non-uniform aging nature of the field cores, the mechanical responses must be measured at different depths. Meanwhile, the monotonic load is not applied at the neutral axis of the field core specimen due to the modulus gradient, the tensile part of the strain is used and should be separated from the measurement because of the eccentric loading. The modulus gradient parameters, the location of the neutral axis, and the stress distribution are first obtained using the elastic formulas for a series of loading times. Then the complex modulus is determined using the Laplace transform and the elasticviscoelastic correspondence principle. An inverse approach and iteration are then proposed by using the pseudo strain to accurately calculate the modulus gradient parameters after the relaxation modulus and reference modulus are determined.

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author list (cited authors)

  • Ling, M., Luo, X., Gu, F., & Lytton, R. L.

citation count

  • 15

complete list of authors

  • Ling, Meng||Luo, Xue||Gu, Fan||Lytton, Robert L

publication date

  • April 2017