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Mapping Interfacial Stress Distributions to Digital Surface Micro-topography

Millar, Phillip, Woodward, David and Friel, Shaun (2011) Mapping Interfacial Stress Distributions to Digital Surface Micro-topography. In: 3rd International Surface Friction Conference, Safer Road Surfaces – Saving Lives, Gold Coast, Australia. Unknown. 12 pp. [Conference contribution]

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The ability to characterise highway surfacing textures is essential to better understanding their performance. Traditional volumetric methods such as sand patch produce data based on estimation of a single geometry and offer little insight to early life deformations of bitumen coatings, changes in aggregate shape or longer term performance of the asphalt. Durability of an asphalt surfacing is a function of its ability to withstand static and dynamic contact stresses applied during its life. This paper reports the initial findings of a study into the use of stress mapping based on digital models of real surfaces. These are manipulated using ArcGIS to form a spatial framework for analysing surface textures. Initial results suggest that this methodology offers improved understanding of tyre / surface interaction. This approach has potentially wide ranging application in understanding the mechanics of in-situ wear and the design of more durable asphalt surfacing materials.

Item Type:Conference contribution (Paper)
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Art, Design and the Built Environment
Faculty of Art, Design and the Built Environment > School of the Built Environment
Research Institutes and Groups:Built Environment Research Institute
Built Environment Research Institute > Studies Allied to Built Environment Research (SABER)
ID Code:19656
Deposited By: Dr David Woodward
Deposited On:19 Apr 2012 10:52
Last Modified:16 Jan 2015 11:19

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