Analysis of Transient Viscoelastic Response of Asphalt Concrete Using Frequency Domain Approach

The analysis of transient linear viscoelastic response of asphalt concrete (AC) is important for engineering applications. The traditional transient response of AC is analyzed in the time domain by performing complicated convolution integral. The frequency domain approach allows one to determine the transient responses by performing simple multiplication instead of the complicated convolution integral, and it does not require the time derivative of the input excitation, and thus, the approach could greatly reduce the analysis complexity. This study investigated the frequency domain approach in calculating the transient response by utilizing the discrete Fourier transform technique. The accuracy and effectiveness of the frequency domain approach were verified by comparing the analytical and calculated responses for the standard 3-parameter Maxwell model and by comparing the time and frequency domain solutions for AC. The effect of aliasing of the frequency domain approach can effectively reduce by selecting a small sampling interval for the time domain excitation function. A sampling interval is acceptable as long as the amplitude of the Fourier transformed excitation is close to 0 more than half of the sampling rate. The results show that the frequency domain approach provides a simple and accurate way to perform linear viscoelastic analysis of AC.


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  • Accession Number: 01600915
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 6 2016 1:53PM