EFFECT OF RAP CONTENT ON FLEXURAL BEHAVIOR AND FRACTURE TOUGHNESS OF FLEXIBLE PAVEMENT
THE USE OF RECYCLED RECLAIMED ASPHALT PAVEMENT (RAP) MATERIAL INTO FLEXIBLE PAVEMENT CONTRIBUTES TO SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT WITH ENVIRONMENTAL AND ECONOMIC BENEFITS. IN THE PRESENT WORK, SEMI-CIRCULAR BENDING (SCB) SPECIMEN HAS BEEN ADOPTED TO STUDY THE FLEXURAL STRENGTH AND MODE-I FRACTURE TOUGHNESS OF FLEXIBLE PAVEMENT WITH AND WITHOUT RAP. TWO DIFFERENT RESOURCES OF RAP, NAMELY KS AND KF, WITH TWO DIFFERENT PERCENTAGES (20% AND 40%) HAVE BEEN EXAMINED. SMOOTH AND CRACKED SPECIMENS HAVE BEEN CAST TO MEASURE THE FLEXURAL STRENGTH AND MODE-I FRACTURE OF FLEXIBLE PAVEMENT CONTAINING RAP, RESPECTIVELY. SMOOTH AND CRACKED SPECIMENS FOR FLEXIBLE PAVEMENT WITHOUT RAP, AS CONTROL BEAMS, HAVE BEEN CAST FOR THE SAKE OF COMPARISONS.
THE EXPERIMENTAL RESULTS SHOWED THAT, THE FLEXURAL STRENGTH AND MODE-I FRACTURE TOUGHNESS OF FLEXIBLE PAVEMENT CONTAINING 40% RAP ARE HIGHER THAN THOSE OF FLEXIBLE PAVEMENT WITHOUT RAP, FOR THE TWO TYPES OF RAP. COMPARISON BETWEEN THE OF WORK OF FRACTURE CALCULATED BASED ON AASHTO TP 105-13 AND AASHTO TP 124-16 SHOWED THAT, THE CALCULATION BASED ON AASHTO TP 105-13 IS MORE ACCURATE THAN THAT BASED ON AASHTO TP 124-16. FURTHERMORE, THE SUGGESTED QUAD-LINEAR RELATION TO WORK OF FRACTURE PREDICTIONS IS EASIER AND MORE REASONABLE FOR PRESENTING THE EXPERIMENTAL RESULTS ESPECIALLY FOR THE DESCENDING PART OF P-LLD CURVE THAN THAT SUGGESTED AS EXPONENTIAL CURVE BY AASHTO TP 124-16. FOR ALL GROUPS, THE TYPE OF FAILURE IS INTERGRANULAR-MODE FRACTURE.
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