Thermally activated healing of fatigue damage in asphalt binders

Asphalt binder is a self-healing material and it has a potential to heal faster with increased temperatures. This paper investigates the thermally activated healing of fatigue damage in three asphalt binders, trying to answer the question: At what temperatures do asphalt binders heal? After fatiguing the sample, a heating treatment was applied and the sample was fatigued for the second time. The recovered fatigue life and the recovered accumulated dissipated energy are used to quantify the thermally activated healing rates of asphalt binders. It is found that these two healing indexes coincide well with each other in different healing conditions. Base asphalt binders can heal the fatigue damage completely after heating for 20 min at the softening-point temperatures. Styrene-butadiene-styrene (SBS)-modified asphalt binder can achieve full healing at a temperature 20°C below its softening point, where the elastic recovery of the SBS chain segment may play an important role in healing. It is also found that healing of fatigue damage in asphalt binder is highly strain dependent: the healing ratio is higher at high strain amplitude. It proved that thermally activated healing can be repeated when damage returns in asphalt binder. It is concluded that thermally activated healing of fatigue damage is definitely useful to increase the fatigue life of asphalt binders and different asphalt binders should be heated to certain temperatures related to their specific softening points.


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  • Accession Number: 01691302
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Dec 5 2018 10:46AM