The influence of processed steel slag on the performance of a bituminous mixture

The use of recycled materials in pavements gains a wider acceptance for a more sustainable construction and rehabilitation of the transport infrastructures. An example is the incorporation of steel slag in bituminous mixtures. This paper refers to the evaluation of fatigue properties for a bituminous mixture - AC 20 base 35/50 - that include processed steel slag aggregate (SSA) in their composition. Two types of this bituminous mixture were considered: a hot asphalt mixture, incorporating 20% of SSA, and a warm asphalt mixture, with the additive Sasobit and incorporating 30 % of SSA. To compare the performance of SSA bituminous mixtures to the equivalent traditional bituminous mixture, materials were evaluated in the laboratory by fatigue tests. Repeated flexural loading on the four-point bending beam apparatus was conducted on samples to compare how the SSA affects fatigue cracking. Laboratory tests were performed according to the standard EN 12697-24. Test results are presented and they indicated, in general, that the incorporation of SSA has not impaired the fatigue behavior of the bituminous mixture. This preliminary conclusion, to be confirmed in further research, suggests that the application in pavement layers of the SSA bituminous mixture considered in this study is still possible in terms of road bearing capacity, beyond the benefit of promoting the recycle of an industrial waste.


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Media Info

  • Pagination: pp 617-625
  • Monograph Title: Bearing capacity of roads, railways and airfields: proceedings of the ninth International Conference on the Bearing Capacity of Roads, Railways and Airfields: Trondheim, Norway 25-27 June 2013. Vol 1-2

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  • Accession Number: 01596559
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Swedish National Road and Transport Research Institute (VTI)
  • ISBN: 9788232102853
  • Files: ITRD, VTI
  • Created Date: Apr 21 2016 12:30PM