Mechanics based model for predicting structure-induced rolling resistance (SRR) of the tire-pavement system

Maryam Shakiba, Hasan Ozer, Mojtaba Ziyadi, Imad L. Al-Qadi

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The structure-induced rolling resistance of pavements, and its impact on vehicle fuel consumption, is investigated in this study. The structural response of pavement causes additional rolling resistance and fuel consumption of vehicles through deformation of pavement and various dissipation mechanisms associated with inelastic material properties and damping. Accurate and computationally efficient models are required to capture these mechanisms and obtain realistic estimates of changes in vehicle fuel consumption. Two mechanistic-based approaches are currently used to calculate vehicle fuel consumption as related to structural rolling resistance: dissipation-induced and deflection-induced methods. The deflection-induced approach is adopted in this study, and realistic representation of pavement–vehicle interactions (PVIs) is incorporated. In addition to considering viscoelastic behavior of asphalt concrete layers, the realistic representation of PVIs in this study includes non-uniform three-dimensional tire contact stresses and dynamic analysis in pavement simulations. The effects of analysis type, tire contact stresses, pavement viscoelastic properties, pavement damping coefficients, vehicle speed, and pavement temperature are then investigated.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)579-600
Number of pages22
JournalMechanics of Time-Dependent Materials
Issue number4
StatePublished - Nov 1 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • Pavement–vehicle interactions
  • Structure-induced rolling resistance
  • Sustainability
  • Use-phase
  • Viscoelastic asphalt concrete

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering


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