Mechanistic design of low volume road structures

This paper presents a new design approach for assessing the risk of excessive permanent deformation development in soft subgrade soil underlying a low volume road of thin structural layers exposed to heavy wheel loads i.e. Mode 2 rutting using the terminology defined in the EU-funded ROADEX project. The approach is essentially based on back­ calculating the results of 3D Finite Element modelling produced with the PLAXIS software package in a way that allows obtaining the same result in terms of ultimate load carrying capacity of the subgrade soil by a simple hand-calculation procedure as would be obtained by sophisticated 3D FE modelling of the loading arrangement / road structure / subgrade soil combination in question.


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Media Info

  • Pagination: pp 331-340
  • Monograph Title: Bearing capacity of roads, railways and airfields: proceedings of the ninth International Conference on the Bearing Capacity of Roads, Railways and Airfields: Trondheim, Norway 25-27 June 2013. Vol 1-2

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01596530
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Swedish National Road and Transport Research Institute (VTI)
  • ISBN: 9788232102853
  • Files: ITRD, VTI
  • Created Date: Apr 21 2016 12:24PM