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Appl. Sci. 2018, 8(8), 1302; https://doi.org/10.3390/app8081302

Strength Criterion of Asphalt Mixtures in Three-Dimensional Stress States under Freeze-Thaw Conditions

School of Traffic and Transportation Engineering, Changsha University of Science & Technology, Changsha 410114, China
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Received: 13 July 2018 / Revised: 26 July 2018 / Accepted: 1 August 2018 / Published: 4 August 2018
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Abstract

In order to study the influence of freeze-thaw cycles on the multi-axial strength of AC (Asphalt Concrete)-13 and SMA (Stone Mastic Asphalt)-13 asphalt mixtures which are widely used in China, triaxial tests were carried out in the laboratory. Two nonlinear failure criterions under three-dimensional stress states in octahedral space were established. A linear model for engineering design and its simplified testing method were then presented. The three-dimensional failure criteria of asphalt mixtures after 0, 1, 3, 5, 10, 15, 20 freeze-thaw cycles were also proposed. The results indicated that the multi-axial strength decayed significantly after 20 freeze-thaw cycles. It is noteworthy that the strength degrades rapidly during the first 5 freeze-thaw cycles. Compared with AC-13 asphalt mixture, the SMA-13 asphalt mixture exhibits better performance on the resistance to freeze-thaw damage, and it is recommended as the upper surface layer material of pavement structure. View Full-Text
Keywords: asphalt mixtures; three-dimensional stress states; freeze-thaw cycles; triaxial strength; failure criterion asphalt mixtures; three-dimensional stress states; freeze-thaw cycles; triaxial strength; failure criterion
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Huang, T.; Qi, S.; Yang, M.; Lv, S.; Liu, H.; Zheng, J. Strength Criterion of Asphalt Mixtures in Three-Dimensional Stress States under Freeze-Thaw Conditions. Appl. Sci. 2018, 8, 1302.

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