Finite element procedures for three-dimensional pavement analysis

Keith Hjelmstad, J. Kim, Q. H. Zuo

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In this paper we examine some of the essential aspects of modeling pavement structures with three-dimensional finite element analysis. Because three-dimensional problems are so large, special care must be taken to optimize mesh geometry. We describe three issues in mesh construction that have important impacts on overall problem size: (1) mesh refinement, (2) domain extent, and (3) element size transitions. We present an algorithm for computation of the equivalent nodal loads for arbitrary tire prints with arbitrary orientation relative to the mesh. Decoupling the load computation from the problem of mesh construction leads to more efficient meshes and allows efficient resolution for different gear positions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Airfield Pavement Conference
Place of PublicationNew York, NY, United States
Number of pages13
StatePublished - 1997
Externally publishedYes
EventProceedings of the 1997 Airfield Pavement Conference - Seattle, WA, USA
Duration: Aug 17 1997Aug 20 1997


OtherProceedings of the 1997 Airfield Pavement Conference
CitySeattle, WA, USA

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Engineering


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