Nonlinearly viscoelastic analysis of asphalt mixes subjected to shear loading Academic Article uri icon


  • This study presents the characterization of the nonlinearly viscoelastic behavior of hot mix asphalt (HMA) at different temperatures and strain levels using Schapery's model. A recursive-iterative numerical algorithm is generated for the nonlinearly viscoelastic response and implemented in a displacement-based finite element (FE) code. Then, this model is employed to describe experimental frequency sweep measurements of two asphalt mixes with fine and coarse gradations under several combined temperatures and shear strain levels. The frequency sweep measurements are converted to creep responses in the time domain using a phenomenological model (Prony series). The master curve is created for each strain level using the time temperature superposition principle (TTSP) with a reference temperature of 40C. The linear time-dependent parameters of the Prony series are first determined by fitting a master curve created at the lowest strain level, which in this case is 0.01%. The measurements at strain levels higher than 0.01% are analyzed and used to determine the nonlinear parameters. These parameters are shown to increase with increasing strain levels, while the time-temperature shift function is found to be independent of strain levels. The FE model with the calibrated time-dependent and nonlinear material parameters is used to simulate the creep experimental tests, and reasonable predictions are shown. 2007 Springer Science+Business Media B.V.

published proceedings

  • Mechanics of Time-Dependent Materials

author list (cited authors)

  • Huang, C., Masad, E., Muliana, A. H., & Bahia, H.

citation count

  • 55

complete list of authors

  • Huang, Chien-Wei||Masad, Eyad||Muliana, Anastasia H||Bahia, Hussain

publication date

  • January 2007