Characterization of bitumen fracture using tensile tests incorporated with viscoelastic cohesive zone model

Yong Rak Kim, Felipe A.C. De Freitas, Jong Suk Jung, Youngjong Sim

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This paper presents an experimental test method incorporated with a cohesive zone model to characterize viscoelastic fracture damage of asphalt binders and mastics. The testing presented herein is specifically aimed at identifying rate-dependent, non-constant fracture characteristics of ductile asphalt binders and mastics. Test results that are dependent on materials and specimen geometry such as the film thickness of asphalt binder/mastic are presented. The testing results were then incorporated with a viscoelastic cohesive zone model to identify the material-specific damage evolution characteristics and its mechanical impacts on the overall performance of asphalt mixtures by conducting computational microstructure model simulations. Test results and subsequent microstructure model simulations clearly indicate the significance of component-level material properties and their linkage to mixture performance. The experimental protocol incorporated with the cohesive zone model presented in this paper are expected to provide an efficient tool to evaluate damage-induced mechanical performance of mixtures with small-scale material properties.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-9
Number of pages9
JournalConstruction and Building Materials
StatePublished - Jul 30 2015


  • Asphalt
  • Cohesive zone
  • Fracture
  • Microstructure model
  • Viscoelasticity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction
  • Materials Science(all)

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