A three-dimensional (3D) heterogeneous fracture modeling technology is presented to simulate complex crack evolution in quasi-brittle asphalt mixture. In this technology, the random aggregate generation and packing algorithm is employed to create 3D heterogeneous numerical model of asphalt mixture, and the cohesive elements with the tension/shear softening laws are inserted into both the mastic matrix and the aggregate–mastic interfaces as potential cracks. The nucleation and coalescence of microcracks, and inception and propagation of main macrocracks are carefully studied under uniaxial tension and temperature of −10 °C. The effects of the averaged coarse aggregate size and the cohesive fracture parameters on performance of asphalt mixture are also evaluated.
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- Asphalt mixture
- 3D heterogeneous fracture modeling
- Random aggregates
- Cohesive elements
- Crack evolution