SYMPOSIA PAPER Published: 01 January 1995

Validation of SHRP A-003A Flexural Beam Fatigue Test


The recently completed Strategic Highway Research Program (SHRP) Project A-003A included the development of a flexural beam test for measuring fatigue of asphalt mixes and an analysis system based on multilayer elastic theory to estimate in-situ performance. The ability of laboratory measurements—coupled with simulations of load response in situ—to predict in-situ pavement performance is demonstrated. Specifically the current investigation shows that controlled-strain laboratory tests are suitable for pavement performance predictions; that A-003A test measurements are sensitive to a variety of fundamental mix properties known to affect fatigue performance and that they compare favorably with measurements using other state-of-the-art equipment; and that, using calibrations developed by the investigation, in-service pavement performance can be predicted for a variety of mixtures, climates, pavement structures, and traffic loadings. Attempts to simulate mixture performance under the accelerated testing of both laboratory wheel tracking and ALF experimentation yielded mixed results.

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Deacon, JA
University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY
Tayebali, AA
North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC
Rowe, GM
SWK Pavement Engineering, Millington, NJ
Monismith, CL
University of California, Berkeley, CA
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Developed by Committee: D04
Pages: 21–36
DOI: 10.1520/STP15560S
ISBN-EB: 978-0-8031-5313-4
ISBN-13: 978-0-8031-2002-0