Fuzzy logic modeling of deflection behavior against dynamic loading in flexible pavements

Saltan M., Saltan S., Sahiner A.

CONSTRUCTION AND BUILDING MATERIALS, vol.21, no.7, pp.1406-1414, 2007 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier


Flexible pavements are especially affected by moving vehicles. As a result of the moving vehicles, the pavement starts to deteriorate. For the determination of the structural capacity of the pavement, non-destructive testing equipments are used. These are mainly Benkelman beam, Dynaflect and failing weight deflectometer (FWD). In such a process, the most important thing is to analyze the collected data. In general, linear elastic theory and finite element method are used for this purpose. Since linear elastic theory and finite element method are time consuming, a fuzzy logic approach is used for the elimination of this drawback during the course of this study. Results indicate that the fuzzy logic approach can be used for the modeling of the deflection behavior against dynamic vehicle loading for flexible pavements. The fuzzy model is able to predict the deflection behavior against dynamical loading. The new approach can capture the non-linearity of surface deflection behavior. (c) 2006 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.