Investigation of the Tensile Strength of Hot Mix Asphalt Incorporating Pulp Aramid Fiber

Premature cracking of flexible pavements is a very common problem in Canada. Nowadays, it is common to use several types of additives and modifiers to asphalt binders and asphalt mixes to improve their performance and increase the service life of flexible pavements. In order to mitigate pavement cracking, the asphalt mixes used in the pavement structure need to have a high resistance to fatigue or thermal cracking according to their position in the pavement structure. Several studies reporting on the use of fibers in asphalt concrete have been found in the literature. The objective of this project is to study the impact of the addition of Pulp Aramid Fiber (PAF) to Hot Mix Asphalt (HMA) in terms of mix design and indirect tensile strength. The optimum asphalt content of the fiber mixes is first determined and then the impact of fiber on their volumetric properties is investigated. Finally, the behavior of PAF in HMA is characterized by indirect tensile testing at different conditions. PAF mixes showed better ductility, even at lower temperatures, than the control mix. Therefore, PAF would lead to an improvement of the resistance to low temperature cracking and would delay crack propagation in the mix.


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Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Pagination: pp. 187-202.
  • 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: 01668507
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transportation Association of Canada (TAC)
  • Files: ITRD, TAC
  • Created Date: May 3 2018 3:18PM