Enhanced model for thermally induced transverse cracking of asphalt pavements Academic Article uri icon


  • 2019 Elsevier Ltd Thermal cracking is a non-load associated distress mode of asphalt pavements. Finite element models (FEM) were first introduced in this study to determine the thermally induced J-integral at the tip of thermal crack. After extensive runs of the FEM, artificial neural network models were constructed to predict the J-integral, which was used in the Paris law to calculate the cumulative thermal crack growth over time and thermal cracking fatigue life. Additionally, Long-term pavement performance data was collected to characterize the thermal cracking in different climatic zones. The calculated fatigue life was well correlated with the observed transverse cracking field performance.

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author list (cited authors)

  • Ling, M., Chen, Y. u., Hu, S., Luo, X., & Lytton, R. L.

citation count

  • 20

complete list of authors

  • Ling, Meng||Chen, Yu||Hu, Sheng||Luo, Xue||Lytton, Robert L

publication date

  • May 2019