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Minassian, G.H., 2003

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Minassian, G.H., 2003, Behavior of granular materials under cyclic and repeated loading: University of Alaska Fairbanks, Ph.D. dissertation, 213 p., illust., 1 CD-ROM.

Abstract

Granular layers are essential contributors to the structural integrity of the pavement system, their premature deformation radically decrease support of the asphalt concrete surface layer, thus leading to the early deterioration of the overall pavement structure. This research was conducted to better understand the behavior of granular materials when subjected to the complex nature of traffic loading. Long-term triaxial tests were conducted on typical Alaskan base course material using both repeated as well as cyclic loading to also account for the shear reversal effects induced by wheel load. Results show that the shear reversal component of the traffic loads, which have been ignored so far, induces considerable damage to the granular layers. Models were presented to predict the different soil moduli while also accounting the effect of strain hardening or densification due to the repetitive nature of the loads applied. Moreover, a simple yet powerful model was presented to predict accumulated permanent strains as function of the stress state, number of load repetitions and the strength level applied. The results obtained in this study also show a clear indication of the existence of given stress level limit beyond which incremental collapse of the system takes place. Furthermore, regions of instability of granular layers subjected to dynamic loading have been defined using a simple response parameter and monotonic shear strength of the soil. An effort was made to explain the instability zones identified in this research by the shakedown theory.*

*This dissertation is a compound document (contains both a paper copy and a CD as part of the dissertation). The CD requires Microsoft Office.

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