Thermal properties of asphalt concrete: A numerical and experimental study
Journal article, 2018

The aim of this study is to investigate the effects of different design parameters of asphalt concrete and environmental conditions on the thermal properties (thermal conductivity, diffusivity and volumetric heat capacity). A two-dimensional (2-D) numerical model of the asphalt concrete was developed based on the Finite Element Method (FEM). The numerical model was validated by the experimental results using the Transient Plane Source (TPS) method. The experimental results showed that an increase in the ratio of the TPS sensor size to maximum aggregate size improves the accuracy of the thermal properties measurements. A comparison between the thermal properties obtained by the numerical model and the TPS method exhibited a relative error in the range of 2–10%. The numerical model was used to study the effects of the type of aggregates, aggregate gradation, graphite filler in the binder, air void content as well as moisture and freezing conditions on the thermal properties of asphalt concrete.

Numerical method

Thermal properties

Finite Element Method

Asphalt concrete

Transient Plane Source (TPS)


Raheb Mirzanamadi

Chalmers, Architecture and Civil Engineering, Building Technology

Pär Johansson

Chalmers, Architecture and Civil Engineering, Building Technology

Sotirios Grammatikos

Chalmers, Architecture and Civil Engineering

Construction and Building Materials

0950-0618 (ISSN)

Vol. 158 774-785

Areas of Advance



Subject Categories

Civil Engineering

Transport Systems and Logistics



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