Development of the indirect ring tension fracture test for hot-mix asphalt

Almost all of the current hot-mix asphalt (HMA) fracture tests are considered to be research tools. This paper describes the development of the indirect ring tension (IRT) fracture test for HMA, which was designed to be an effective and user-friendly test that could be used at the Department of Transportation level. Numerical modelling was utilised to calibrate the stress intensity factor formula of the IRT fracture test for various specimen dimensions. The results of this extensive analysis were encapsulated in a single equation. An experimental plan was developed to optimise the test parameters for HMA specimens. The experiment results revealed that the test is highly repeatable, and capable of capturing the variations in the fracture properties of HMA. Moreover, the data from laboratory tests were utilised to estimate the maximum allowable crack lengths for the pavements based on a viscoelastic model.


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  • Accession Number: 01533009
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 22 2014 3:01PM