AN EVALUATION OF LOWER MIXING TEMPERATURES FOR BITUMINOUS PAVING MIXES

The primary objective of this project is to investigate the economic potential and the engineering properties of hot plant mixed bituminous mixes produced at lower than normal mixing temperatures. This was accomplished by monitoring plant and field operations of a hot bituminous paving project in which approximately 52 % of the base and binder courses were mixed at 225 degrees F (+25 degrees F) instead of the normal 300 degrees F (+25 degrees F). No significant changes were noted in the engineering properties between the normal and lower temperature mixes. Plant and field conditions were not adversely affected. An energy analysis pointed out a 20.6% reduction in energy consumption, largely due to savings of dryer fuel. The state realized no direct financial benefit from the procedure since the regular and lower temperature mixes were bid at the same price.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Sponsored in part by Federal Highway Administration, Jackson, MS. Mississippi Div.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Mississippi State Highway Department

    P.O. Box 1850
    Jackson, MI  United States  39215

    Federal Highway Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Authors:
    • Crawley, A B
  • Publication Date: 1981-6

Media Info

  • Pagination: 45 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00344420
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: MSHD-RD-81-069-I
  • Files: NTIS, USDOT, STATEDOT
  • Created Date: Nov 23 2002 12:00AM