Modelling cracking damage of asphalt mixtures under compressive monotonic and repeated loads using pseudo J-integral Paris’ law Academic Article uri icon


  • 2017 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. Field observations and mechanical analyses have shown that cracks accompany rutting in asphalt mixtures under external compressive loads. This study aims to model crack growth in asphalt mixtures under compressive monotonic and repeated loads. Using energy equilibrium and viscoelastic Griffith fracture criterion, a damage density characterising the cracks in mixtures is derived as a function of stress, nonlinear viscofracture strain, asphalt film thickness and bond energy. Crack evolution is modelled by pseudo J-integral Paris law. Six types of asphalt mixture were tested by monotonic compressive strength tests at 40C. Two were further tested at four more temperatures and four more loading rates, respectively. Repeated load test results for the same mixtures were obtained from previous studies. The different shape of the damage density curve (S-shape for monotonic load and increasing exponential shape for repeated load) demonstrates the dependence of damage growth on loading mode, due to different energy release rates. Pseudo J-integral Paris law can model the crack growth in mixtures and capture the post-peak softening behaviour under a monotonic load. The Paris law coefficients (A and n) are independent of loading mode (monotonic or repeated), rate or temperature. They are fundamental material properties and can be used to predict crack growth under varying loading and temperature conditions.

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author list (cited authors)

  • Zhang, Y., Gu, F., Birgisson, B., & Lytton, R. L.

citation count

  • 17

complete list of authors

  • Zhang, Yuqing||Gu, Fan||Birgisson, Bjorn||Lytton, Robert L

publication date

  • April 2018