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Hydro-Mechanical Behaviour of an Unbound Granular Base Course Material Used in Low Traffic Pavements

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College of Metropolitan Transportation, Beijing University of Technology, Beijing 100124, China
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ICube, UMR7357, CNRS, Université de Strasbourg, INSA de Strasbourg, 24 Boulevard de la Victoire, 67084 Strasbourg CEDEX, France
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Materials 2020, 13(4), 852; https://doi.org/10.3390/ma13040852 (registering DOI)
Received: 15 January 2020 / Revised: 8 February 2020 / Accepted: 10 February 2020 / Published: 13 February 2020
(This article belongs to the Section Construction and Building Materials)
This paper deals with the mechanical behaviour, especially the permanent deformation and resilient deformation of an unbound granular material (UGM) from Bréfauchet quarry which is used as base layer material in low traffic pavements for full-scale tests at IFSTTAR in France. Medium-scale repeated load triaxial tests (RLTT) are carried out at different water contents and the results show that both permanent and resilient deformations increase with water content. Besides, two techniques of fixing the sensors in materials with large particles for RLTTs are proposed and compared with each other. The results suggest that the tube method is more suitable for the UGM for an accurate measurement and a good adaptability is obtained during the RLTT. Based on the test results of UGM Bréfauchet, the modelling work is performed with improved models used previously for a sandy material. It appears that both the permanent and resilient behaviours of different unbound granular materials can be well captured by the proposed equations considering the effects of water content and anisotropy. This study is helpful to understand the evolution of permanent and resilient deformation in different granular layers, especially for the base layer, in low traffic pavements. The verified models can be used for other similar granular materials and this will lead to reducing the number of tests required to predict the deformation behaviour of granular materials. View Full-Text
Keywords: unbound granular material; repeated load triaxial test; permanent/resilient deformation; prediction model; water content unbound granular material; repeated load triaxial test; permanent/resilient deformation; prediction model; water content
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Jing, P.; Chazallon, C. Hydro-Mechanical Behaviour of an Unbound Granular Base Course Material Used in Low Traffic Pavements. Materials 2020, 13, 852.

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