Workshop on Fracture Mechanics for Concrete Pavements: Theory to Practice


The final proceedings (4.24 MB, pdf) of this workshop can be downloaded here.


In all, 34 participants were involved at the Workshop on Fracture Mechanics for Concrete Pavements in Copper Mountain, Colorado, USA from August 10-12, 2005.


The objective of this workshop was to bring together leading scholars in concrete pavement research and fracture mechanics in order to develop recommendations for research needs in the development of advanced fracture mechanic concepts for concrete pavements. Based on participant presentations and discussions at the workshop, a research needs document will be written and submitted by the workshop organizers to the following organizations which can support concrete pavement research including NSF, TRB, NCHRP, FHWA and ISCP.


The workshop featured two invited keynote presentations summarizing the state-of-the art in concrete fracture mechanics modeling, testing, and relevant applications presented by Dr. Surendra Shah (Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, USA) and Dr. Tom Scarpas (Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands).


In addition to the keynote addresses, 19 presentations were made representing 7 countries around the globe. Each participant made a short presentation followed by a round table discussion.


Recommendations were made to the 8th International Conference on Concrete Pavements after a closing discussed and voted on by the participants.  Due to the success of this first workshop, it was decided by the participants to continue this workshop to coincide with the 9th ICCP to be held in the summer of 2008.