Performance Evaluation of Elvaloy as a Fuel-Resistant Polymer in Asphaltic Concrete Airfield Pavements

This paper investigates the influence of fuel-resistant polymer on the consistency and performance properties of asphalt binder and hot mix asphalt (HMA) mixtures. The study uses wearing course gradation (nominal maximum size of 19 mm), penetration grade 60/70 bitumen, and Elvaloy reactive elastomeric terpolymers (RET) 4170 as a fuel-resistant polymer. Laboratory tests conducted on unmodified and modified (1–4% Elvaloy) mixtures include an indirect tensile (IDT) strength test and a resilient modulus (MR) test for evaluating cracking potential and stiffness parameters, respectively; a Hamburg wheel tracker (HWT) test for quantifying the rut propensity; and a solubility test to determine the fuel-resistance capacity. The two-level factorial design of the experiment is conducted on the rheological properties of the binder including elastic recovery/complex modulus and creep stiffness values, which suggest that 1% polymer-modified binder (PMB) is least susceptible to high-temperature and low-temperature variations. Performance evaluation reveals that 1% PMB is an optimal proportion of Elvaloy in asphalt concrete mixtures, yielding maximum MR values (both before and after conditioning in fuel), the lowest rut susceptibility, and high fuel resistance. This research is useful for public aviation/highway agencies and private contractors to minimize the deterioration caused by fuel slippage and to control foreign object debris damage to aircraft.


  • English

Media Info

Subject/Index Terms

Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01640134
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, ASCE
  • Created Date: Jun 30 2017 7:44PM