Finite Element Modeling of Premature Transverse Cracking Due to Paving Adjacent Lanes Separately

Concrete pavements are often constructed by first paving the mainline followed by the shoulder some time later. It is important to factor the differences in the structure, material properties, and climatic conditions between the mainline and the shoulder into design and construction; otherwise, premature cracking can develop. This study uses finite element modeling to analyze the causes of the transverse cracking in the newly paved shoulder of U.S. Route 22 near Blairsville, Pennsylvania. The key factor responsible for the cracking is identified as the construction sequence causing thermal incompatibility between the mainline and the shoulder. A parametric study is then carried out to quantify the significance of many factors, such as construction sequence, material properties, pavement features and environmental conditions, on the cracking potential. A guideline is then established to prevent the future occurrence of the cracking.

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    • Abstracts reprinted with permission from the International Society for Concrete Pavements.
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    International Society for Concrete Pavements

    6305 Oyster Bay Court
    Bridgeville, Pennsylvania  United States  15017
  • Authors:
    • Mu, Feng
    • Cutright, Kerri A
    • Vandenbossche, Julie M
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  • Publication Date: 2012


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: CD-ROM; Figures; Photos; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: pp 860-873
  • Monograph Title: 10th International Conference on Concrete Pavements: Sustainable Solutions to Global Transportation Needs

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  • Accession Number: 01497040
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 978098602910
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 29 2013 10:09AM