Validation of Modulus Backcalculation Methods Using 3-D Finite Element Analysis

Project No: 83149

Target Completion Date: March 31, 2008 Pavements

About the project:

Three-Dimensional Finite Element Modeling (3DFEM) or simulations of pavement sections can be utilized to study the effects of pavement cracking, FWD loading, truck loading, and thermal gradient on the structural response of flexible pavement, as well as analyzing the FWD deflection data obtained from asphalt pavement systems. The 3DFEM process uses the FWD load-time history and the backcalculated pavement moduli conducted on the measured deflection data produced by a standard FWD deflection test, as inputs in order to attempt to match the measured deflection basin generated by FWD testing. Accurate pavement layer modeling is essential for any valid 3DFEM analysis.  This study will validate static backcalculation procedure(s) currently used by VDOT for pavement design purposes.

Project Team

Co-Principal Investigators

Other Investigators

  • Matt Begley, Derek Guthrie

Last updated: July 5, 2023

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