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An optical strain measurement system for asphalt mixtures
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Civil and Architectural Engineering, Highway and Railway Engineering.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0889-6078
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2009 (English)In: Materials and Structures, ISSN 1359-5997, E-ISSN 1871-6873, Vol. 42, no 4, 427-441 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Knowledge of the conditions governing the initiation and propagation of cracks in hot mix asphalt (HMA) mixtures is a prerequisite for a comprehensive understanding of HMA cracking mechanisms. Traditional strain measurement sensors have proved to be not completely adequate in the sense that they do not provide pointwise measurements, thus not pinpointing the location of crack initiation, and not accounting for non-uniform strain distributions. This paper presents a digital image correlation (DIC) system for non-contact and full strain field measurements, conceived for the purpose of investigating the cracking behavior of HMA mixtures. The whole system was developed so as to account for the special nature of typical HMA testing configurations. An image matching technique (least squares matching) was employed for providing matches with sub-pixel accuracy. The performance of the method was investigated by several tests. The DIC system was shown to overcome the shortcomings of traditional on-specimen strain measurement devices achieving satisfactory accuracy compared to strain gauges.

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2009. Vol. 42, no 4, 427-441 p.
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Digital image correlation, Hot mix asphalt, Least square matching, Fracture mechanics, digital-image-correlation, crack-growth, deformation, mechanics
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-18350DOI: 10.1617/s11527-008-9392-8ISI: 000265247600002ScopusID: 2-s2.0-65049085657OAI: diva2:336396
QC 20100525Available from: 2010-08-05 Created: 2010-08-05 Last updated: 2010-12-14Bibliographically approved

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