MATEC Web Conf.
Volume 271, 20192019 Tran-SET Annual Conference
|Number of page(s)||5|
|Published online||09 April 2019|
Guidelines for Identification of Top-down Cracks (TDC) in In-Service Flexible Pavements
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA 70803
* Corresponding author: firstname.lastname@example.org
The objective of this study was to establish guidelines to identify top-down cracking (TDC) in flexible pavements using digital image analysis and the characteristics of these cracks. Past studies indicated that the time after construction of the pavement and location of the cracks are key parameters to identify top-down cracking. The cracks were reported to appear on the wheel path or at the outer edge of the wheel path typically within 3 to 8 years of construction. In-service pavement sections were selected for analysis based on the parameters identified from the literature and computer-vision techniques were employed to investigate the geometric characteristics of these cracks. Based on the results of the analysis, the average crack width was observed to be 3 to 7 mm. With respect to the orientation of the crack, the cracks segments were mostly longitudinal with typical deviation of 20 degrees. The orientation and intensity characteristics of top-down cracks were found as useful features in crack identification.
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