Validation experiments for lower-bound shakedown theory applied to layered pavement systems

S. F. Brown, H. S. Yu, S. Juspi, J. Wang

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Experiments involving the application of moving-wheel loads to a series of two- and three-layered pavement systems, involving various soils and unbound granular materials, were used to determine the applied contact pressure ranges within which the structures may be assumed to have developed a 'shakedown' condition. Shakedown implies that the pavement responds to loading in a resilient manner after some limited plastic deformation during the early load applications. The data were used to assess the validity of applying three-dimensional lower-bound shakedown theory to pavements as a basis for improving pavement design computations. The research indicated that this approach has considerable promise, and that further experimental validation work is desirable.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)923-932
Number of pages10
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • Deformation
  • Pavements and roads
  • Repeated loading

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences (miscellaneous)


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