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Title: Preliminary analytical model for flexible pavement
Authors: Applied Research Associates.
Bryant, Larry M.
Publisher: Geotechnical Laboratory (U.S.)
Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.)
Series/Report no.: Contract report (U.S. Army Engineer Waterways Experiment Station) ; GL-98-4.
Description: Contract Report
Abstract: This report documents the first step in development of a preliminary analytical model for flexible pavement analysis for the Airfields and Pavements Division (APD), Geotechnical Laboratory, U.S. Army Engineer Waterways Experiment Station. This first step may be generally described as development of a linear elastic finite element model that reasonably compares with the empirical and/or layered elastic solutions in current use. This report does not attempt to document a literature survey related to pavement anaJysis nor does it discuss the background of previous pavement analysis methods or finite element methods beyond that necessary for understanding of the problem at hand. Further, this study attempts to determine the optimal usage of the specific tools at hand, i.e., PATRAN (1993) and ABAQUS (1992), in development of the improved analytical model. It does not attempt to generalize to other finite element modeling tools or the broad finite element method. This report includes and builds upon previous work done by the author in this area.
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