The performance of paving block structures with mortar filled joints under temperature loading, accessed by means of numerical simulations

Paving block structures with mortar filled vertical joints can exhibit a significantly higher load capacity as comparable structures with sand filled joints. For this reason, this pavement construction method is increasingly being used or would be used, respectively, if its performance could be estimated reliably. Specifically, the exact cause of cracks due to cooling in winter has not been fully understood yet and appropriate prediction tools do not exist. This motivated the development of a numerical simulation tool for such paving block structures under temperature loading, which is able to take the brittle failure mechanisms in-between paving blocks and paving blocks and the underlying mortar bed into account. By means of the proposed simulation tool in this paper, basic structural failure mechanisms of such paving block structures, due to different temperature events, could be identified and relationships between crack widths and different bonding strengths as well as installation temperatures were obtained. Finally, estimates for necessary bonding strengths between paving blocks and mortar bed to prevent large (visible) cracks due to temperature loads are given.


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  • Accession Number: 01680438
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 17 2018 10:32AM