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Recommendation of RILEM TC 241-MCD on interface debonding testing in pavements

  • C. PetitEmail author
  • A. Chabot
  • A. Destrée
  • C. Raab
RILEM Technical Committee


The following recommendations are based on the chapter III of a State of the Art review conducted by the Task Group 2 of the RILEM Technical Committee 241-MCD ‘‘Mechanisms of cracking and debonding in asphalt and composite pavements’’ (Petit et al in Mechanisms of cracking and debonding in asphalt and composite pavements. Chapter III of the State-of-the-Art report of the RILEM technical committee 241-MCD series, vol 28. Springer, New York, pp 103–154. ISBN 978-3-319-76848-9 2018). The recommendations mostly concern “pure” fracture mode test methods that are currently used worldwide and even standardized, while mixed mode test methods developed by few research teams have not received full attention. This paper intends to give guidance for the application and characterization of interlayer bond testing, looking at the appropriate test methods and the importance of influencing parameters.


Debonding Interface Pavement Interlayer bond tests 



Ancona shear testing research and analysis


Advanced shear tester


Composite specimen interface cracking test


Digital image analysis


Double shear test


Layer adhesion measuring instrument


Laboratorio de Caminos de Barcelona shear test


Louisiana interlayer shear strength tester


Layer-parallel direct shear


Non destructive test


Oregon field torque tester


Shear bond test


Tensile bond test


Tensile notch bond test


Ultra-thin white-topping



Thanks to O. Abraham, F. Canestrari, F. Fouchal, A. Guarin, K. S. Hakimzadeh, B. Hill, F. Lebon, R.B. Miro, F.E. Pérez-Jiménez, J.M. Piau, B. Picoux, C. Plati, O. Pop, R. Roque, C. Sullivan and M. Takarli for their contributions in the Chapter III “Interface debonding behavior” of the MCD STAR document from which a part of this recommendation has been provided.

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Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Université de LimogesEgletonsFrance
  2. 2.IFSTTAR/MASTNantesFrance
  3. 3.Belgian Road Research Centre (BRRC)BrusselsBelgium
  4. 4.EMPA, Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and TechnologyDübendorfSwitzerland

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