Influence of Fibres on Rheological Properties and Toughness of Bituminous Binder

Many studies have been made to examine different ways to modify bitumen and asphalt mixtures in response to increasing performance requirements. One of these is the use of additive materials and in this study, the potential of cellulose and glass fibres to modify the rheological properties of bitumen has been investigated. To achieve this, mixtures of bitumen with different contents of fibre were prepared and the properties of the bitumen and resulting modified binders were tested (penetration, softening point, viscosity and double edge notch tension test along with rheological testing in the dynamic shear rheometer). The experimental results demonstrated that adding fibres improves the rheological properties of bitumen across a range of loading frequencies and temperatures. Adding fibre reduced the penetration and increased the softening point and viscosity of bitumen implying improved rutting resistance of asphalt mixtures using these mastics. Finally this investigation established that adding fibre to bitumen improved its toughness, which could lead to improvement in asphalt fatigue performance. However, there are some limitations that are also discussed.


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  • Accession Number: 01667309
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Feb 15 2018 10:31AM