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Modeling of Rigid Pavements: Joint Shear Transfer Mechanisms and Finite Element Solutions Strategies

Description: This report documents the modeling strategy and association verification which permits analysis of multiple PCC plain jointed slabs. Several subbase/soil layers below the slabs and separation of the slab and base layer are considered. Load effects include those associated with both multiple tire and linear temperature gradients. A technique for modeling aggregate interlock shear transfer across PCC pavement joints is developed and verified. The overall development is contained in the computer program EverFE. The computer program uses a graphical user interface which aids its use.

  • Date Published: July, 1998
  • Publication Number: WA-RD 455.1
  • Last Modified: December 11, 2007
  • Authors: William G. Davids, George M. Turkiyyah, Joe P. Mahoney.
  • Originator: Washington State Transportation Center (TRAC)
  • # of Pages: 106 p., 2,744 KB (PDF)
  • Subject: Base course (Pavements), Computer programs, Dowels (Fasteners), Finite element method, Interlocking aggregates, Joints (Engineering), Load transfer, Portland cement concrete, Rigid pavements, Shear strength, Slabs, Temperature, Tires.
  • Keywords: Finite elements, rigid pavement, joints load transfer, aggregate interlock, EverFE.
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This abstract was last modified April 29, 2008