Assessment of the effect of concrete slab geometrical parameters on the distribution of stresses in the road pavement structure

Artur Zbiciak , Mirosław Graczyk , Kazimierz Józefiak , Karol Brzeziński , Rafał Michalczyk


The analysis of the state of stress prevailing in a concrete overlay slab made on an existing flexible pavement structure is presented. The concrete overlay (whitetopping) was made on the using laid over a package of pavement layers of known stiffness. The effect of loads generated by the temperature gradient and vehicle wheels loads was examined. Several whitetopping variants differing in the structural geometry were analysed. The calculations were carried out using the finite element method. A change in the length of slab can lead to a reduction in pavement building costs. A greater slab length results in a smaller number of transverse joints per kilometre and consequently, in lower labour intensity and fewer dowels used. But the maximum stresses generated by thermal and service loads increase as the length of this structural component is increased. Therefore it may be necessary to increase the thickness of the slab to ensure its proper fatigue life. Using the proposed analytical method one can optimize concrete pavement rehabilitation costs. Because of the complexity of the problem an individual approach to the particular cases must be adopted in order to find an optimal solution.
Author Artur Zbiciak (FCE / IRB)
Artur Zbiciak,,
- The Institute of Roads and Bridges
, Mirosław Graczyk - Instytut Badawczy Dróg i Mostów [Instytut Badawczy Dróg i Mostów]
Mirosław Graczyk,,
- Instytut Badawczy Dróg i Mostów
, Kazimierz Józefiak (FCE / IRB)
Kazimierz Józefiak,,
- The Institute of Roads and Bridges
, Karol Brzeziński (FCE / IRB)
Karol Brzeziński,,
- The Institute of Roads and Bridges
, Rafał Michalczyk (FCE / IRB)
Rafał Michalczyk,,
- The Institute of Roads and Bridges
Journal seriesRoads and Bridges - Drogi i Mosty, [Roads and Bridges - Drogi i Mosty], ISSN 1643-1618, e-ISSN 2449-769X
Issue year2019
Publication size in sheets0.5
Keywords in Polishanaliza MES, diagnostyka FWD, nakładka betonowa, nawierzchnie betonowe, optymalizacja kosztów
Keywords in EnglishFEM analysis, FWD diagnostics, whitetopping, concrete pavements, cost optimization
ASJC Classification2205 Civil and Structural Engineering
Languageen angielski
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Score (nominal)40
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ScoreMinisterial score = 40.0, 15-09-2020, ArticleFromJournal
Publication indicators Scopus Citations = 0; WoS Citations = 0; GS Citations = 1.0; Scopus SNIP (Source Normalised Impact per Paper): 2018 = 1.121
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