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Fatigue cracking (Smfdbsf)

Definition
A series of small, jagged, interconnecting cracks caused by failure of the surface under repeated traffic loading. Also called alligator cracking. (Source: Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center, Long Term Pavement Performance Report: www.tfhrc.gov/pavement/ltpp/03031/glossary.htm)
Broader Term
Stress cracking (Smfdbs)