Discrete Element Modelling of Influences of Grain Shape and Angularity on Performance of Granular Mixes for Asphalts

The greater part of asphalt mixtures is composed of aggregates. This means that particular features, such as shape and angularity, are the primary factors that affect the development of the mechanical performance of asphalt pavements. In order to investigate the combined effect of grain shape and angularity on the packing and stability of an aggregate's assembly for asphalt mixes, the authors have performed an experimental program using 3D Discrete Element Method. The results obtained from triaxial tests and from statistical analysis of the distribution of particle-particle contact forces show that the grain shape and angularity significantly affect the assembly behaviour.


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  • Accession Number: 01485612
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 27 2013 2:38PM