Creating Economical and Well-Performing Binders via Modification by Epoxidized Plant-derived Oil Materials

Asphalt binders produced at refineries are becoming stiffer due to an ever-increasing demand for more expensive lighter and heavier fraction products such as gasoline, jet fuel, and lube oils. To increase output of lighter fractions and heavy gas oils, refineries have gone through upgrades producing higher amounts of stiffer asphalt binders such as Vacuum Distillation (VD) tower, Solvent De-Asphalting (SDA), and Residuum Oil Super critical Extraction (ROSE) unit bottoms. Materials used to soften/repair stiff asphalt binders are known as fluxes. Through recent work at Iowa State University, great potential was seen for epoxidized plant oil materials as fluxes/rejuvenators. Within this work two epoxidized plant oil products derived from soybeans, EBS and EMS were manufactured and used for modifying three stiff asphalt binders produced from VD tower, SDA and ROSE units. A full Superpave binder investigation found that improvement in low temperature performance was greater than improvement in high temperature performance for the SD and ROSE unit bottoms when using either EBS or EMS. It was also found that substantial decreases in costs, fuel usage, and emissions could be gained through the use of EBS and EMS in the production of asphalt mix.


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Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Pagination: pp. 105-128.
  • Monograph Title: Proceedings of the Sixth-Second Annual Conference of the Canadian Technical Asphalt Association (CTAA): Halifax, Nova Scotia

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01668503
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transportation Association of Canada (TAC)
  • Files: ITRD, TAC
  • Created Date: May 3 2018 3:18PM