Improvements on asphalt mixtures rutting performance characterization by the use of low shear viscosity

The relationship between the rutting performance of dense asphalt concretes and the low shear viscosity (LSV) of different asphalt binders was analysed in a previous work. A LSV limit was found for the original asphalt to prevent the rutting of the mixtures, and in addition, a model to predict the rutting performance based on the LSV of the asphalt binder was validated. With the aim of amplifying the criterion previously found, the performances of micro and stone mastic asphalt mixtures are studied in this work. Conventional, multigrade and polymer modified asphalts were used as binders. Considering that the properties of original and aged asphalts must be taken into account for a better asphalt binder characterization, LSV measurements on aged asphalts were also done in order to analyse their relationship to the mixtures rutting performance. The micro and stone mastic asphalt mixtures showed a similar behaviour as the dense grade asphalt concrete in the previous study. Regarding the control of rutting, a LSV limit of 500 Pa.s was found for original asphalts, while 2,000 Pa.s was the limit for aged asphalt binders. The model to predict the rutting performance of asphalt mixtures was amplified, incorporating both original and aged asphalt LSVs as appropriate input data.

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  • Accession Number: 01485584
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Belgian Road Research Centre (BRRC)
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Jul 2 2013 10:19AM