Numerical simulations of load transfer between doweled pavement slabs

I. D. Parsons, I. S. Eom, Keith Hjelmstad

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A two dimensional finite element model of a doweled joint in a rigid pavement system is described. All of the components are modeled using continuum elements; no plates, beams, or springs are used, and thus no artificial stiffnesses have to be assigned. A definition of joint efficiency based on load transferred through the dowel is introduced. Results are presented that demonstrate the effect of varying the interface conditions between the dowel, slab and foundation. A study is also made of the influence of dowel misfit on joint performance. Joint efficiency measured using the shear load transferred is found to reflect the deterioration of joint performance that accompanies changes in interface conditions and dowel misfit, whereas efficiency measured using displacements fails to differentiate between the various cases considered here.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Airfield Pavement Conference
Place of PublicationNew York, NY, United States
Number of pages12
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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