Prediction of subgrade resilient modulus for flexible pavement design

Ozel, M and Mohajerani, A 2011, 'Prediction of subgrade resilient modulus for flexible pavement design', Scientific Research and Essays, vol. 6, no. 21, pp. 4567-4576.


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Title Prediction of subgrade resilient modulus for flexible pavement design
Author(s) Ozel, M
Mohajerani, A
Year 2011
Journal name Scientific Research and Essays
Volume number 6
Issue number 21
Start page 4567
End page 4576
Total pages 10
Publisher Academic Journals
Abstract Resilient modulus of subgrade soils is an important input in mechanistic pavement design. The primary objective of this work is to investigate the resilient modulus of four typical Victorian fine-grained subgrade soils under traffic-like repeated loading and to suggest empirical predictive models incorporating physical properties and/or strength of the soils along with the stress state. A repeated load triaxial testing procedure was developed, which is capable of collecting resilient and permanent deformation data from the same specimen. Stress levels for testing were defined as percentages of the confined and/or unconfined soil static strengths. Stress dependency of resilient modulus was studied through the models (such as bilinear model, power model, deviatoris stress model and octahedral stress model) found in the literature and other possible combinations of deviator, confining and octahedral stresses. A semi-logarithmic model was proposed for the prediction of resilient modulus of the fine-grained subgrade soils. Calibration of model constants by soil properties was investigated. An altervative prediction model was also developed based on unconfined compressive strength and deviator stress. Resilient modulus values were back calculated using both the semi-logarithmic model and the model based on unconfined compressive strength and deviator stress. Predicted values were compared with the measured values. Predictive capability of the proposed models were proven for use in flexible pavement design.
Subject Transport Engineering
Civil Engineering not elsewhere classified
Civil Geotechnical Engineering
Keyword(s) Resilient modulus
fine-grained subgrade soils
repeated loading
flexible pavement design
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