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Finite-element analysis and experimental study on tensile fatigue behaviour of bitumen–stone adhesion

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Tensile fatigue behaviours of bitumen–stone adhesion were investigated using a dynamic mechanics analyser under stress-controlled mode at two temperatures of 5 and 25°C and various controlled-stress levels. Failure characteristics including interfacial failure and cohesive failure were examined using image analysis of fracture surfaces. Finite-element analysis on stress distributions was conducted under different temperatures, film thickness and interfacial bonding conditions. A Coulomb–Mohr like criterion in combination with shear and normal stresses is proposed to deal with the extreme thin adhesive layer, which can be further simplified into an adhesive zone without significant loss of accuracy for stress analysis.

Keywords: adhesive failure; bitumen–stone adhesion; cohesive failure; fatigue life; finite-element analysis

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: Faculty of Civil Engineering & Geosciences, Delft University of Technology, Delft 2600GA, The Netherlands 2: Key Laboratory of Silicate Materials Science & Engineering of Ministry of Education, Wuhan University of Technology, Wuhan 430070, China

Publication date: September 1, 2007


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