Multi-scale fracture modeling of asphalt composite structures

Hyunwook Kim, William G. Buttlar

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A multi-scale model for predicting the fracture evolution of multi-phase solid materials in layered composite structures subject to monotonic loading is presented. The objective of such a model is to develop the capability to predict various fracture mechanisms of layered structure considering realistic microstructures of particle-reinforced composites. The meso-scale fracture model developed herein is firstly verified with experimental test results to determine proper materials parameters and to consider the independency of fracture tests. Essential ingredients within the context of the models are an image processing technique for obtaining microstructures of composites and cohesive softening models for representing fracture behavior of multi-phase composites. The multi-scale fracture model shows potential capabilities for predicting various fracture mechanisms and for characterizing the fracture process zone in layered composite structures.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2716-2723
Number of pages8
JournalComposites Science and Technology
Issue number15-16
StatePublished - Dec 2009
Externally publishedYes


  • A. Layered structures
  • A. Particle-reinforced composites
  • B. Fracture
  • C. Multi-scale modeling
  • D. Mechanical testing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ceramics and Composites
  • General Engineering


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