This paper deals with the development and verification of a stress analysis model (RIGMUL) and the use of this model in a program for the design of rigid pavements. RIGMUL is the result of coupling finite element plate theory with multilayer elastic layer theory and consists of a two-layer rigid slab resting on a semi-infinite three-layer elastic solid foundation. The features of RIGMUL include variable thickness of slabs, the effects of curling, warping, voids and partial contact, the effect of load transfer across joints and cracks by specifying either dowel bars, aggregate interlock, or load or shear transfer efficiency, the ability to analyze up to nine slabs in any configuration, and the ability to determine the stresses in both rigid layers as well as anywhere in the subbase and subgrade layers. Model verification includes comparison with known solutions whenever possible; however, since this model is an extension beyond the scope of existing theories, qualitative comparisons are also included. The pavement design program uses RIGMUL for stress analysis; however, the input requirements have been drastically simplified for the convenience of the user. The output includes the expected design life in fatigue, along with a prediction of the amount of joint faulting, and the probability of void formation, corner cracking, and pumping. (Author)

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  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: p. 87-96

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  • Accession Number: 00334244
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Proceeding
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Sep 16 1981 12:00AM