Back-Calculation of Soil Modulus from PFWD Based on a Viscoelastic Model
Md Ashrafuzzaman Khan
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|Publié dans:||Advances in Civil Engineering, 2019, v. 2019|
To improve the accuracy of back-calculation of soil modulus using the portable falling weight deflectometer (PFWD), a viscoelastic method (VEM) overcoming the limitations of the conventional linear elastic method (LEM) was proposed. A quasi-static dynamic analysis technique of Laplace transformation and a modified Gauss–Newton optimization algorithm were adopted in the proposed method. The back-calculation program was compiled with MATLAB. The effectiveness of the proposed method was verified with the in situ plate load test (PLT) conducted on a highway embankment. In situ test results showed that a time lag existed between the peaks of deflection and load, and load-deflection curves were nonlinear, which indicated the viscoelastic nature of the soil. The back-calculated modulus using the LEM and VEM was higher than that using the PLT. In the case of low stiffness soil, the average error of back-calculation using the LEM and VEM was 53.1% and 14.8%, respectively. However, for stiffer soil, the average error of back-calculation using the LEM and VEM method was 12.4% and 4.3%, respectively. Moduli of back-calculation using LEM and VEM methods were used to perform flexible pavement analysis, which showed that with an 8% reduction of modulus, the pavement service life reduced by 25%. More accurate estimation of modulus can save maintenance cost in the future.
|Copyright:||© 2019 Rui Zhang et al.|
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