Determination of model inputs for coupled diffusion-kinetics aging model to characterize field aging gradient and evolution in asphalt pavements

Kun Zhang, Shihui Shen

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The accurate characterisation of field aging in asphalt pavements is important to evaluate and predict pavement performance. The coupled diffusion-kinetics aging model (CDKAM) has been developed to analyse the field aging gradient in asphalt pavements by considering the combined effects of UV radiation and thermal conditions. However, the methodology to determine model inputs shall be refined, and this model also needs to be assessed for its efficacy in characterising the aging evolution of asphalt pavements. In this paper, the determination and optimisation of model inputs for CDKAM using the k-n power function are developed first. Then, CDKAM was used to analyse the evolution of the non-uniform aging gradient in asphalt pavements. The results showed that the inputs for CDKAM could be obtained and optimised from the k-n power function. CDKAM could well capture the non-uniform aging gradient and evolution in asphalt pavements. The back-calculated CDKAM inputs, such as diffusion coefficient ((Formula presented.)) and thermal source term ((Formula presented.)), are time- and source-dependent parameters. The values of (Formula presented.) and (Formula presented.) decrease as aging time increases when an asphalt binder becomes stiffer. Overall, CDKAM could work as an analytical aging model to characterise the aging evolution of non-uniform aging gradients in asphalt pavements .

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number2172168
JournalInternational Journal of Pavement Engineering
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2023

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Mechanics of Materials

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