Use of Blended Binder Tests to Estimate Performance of Mixtures with High Reclaimed Asphalt Pavement/Recycled Asphalt Shingles Content

The purpose of this study is to assess the use of blended binder tests to estimate mixture performance properties of high reclaimed asphalt pavement (RAP)/recycled asphalt shingles (RAS) mixtures utilizing recycling agents as a means to evaluate different recycling agents and estimate their doses for a given mixture. Blended binder properties are measured by using standard performance grading (PG) and PG+ test methods and correlating the results with corresponding performance properties of mixtures. Blended binders consisting of virgin and recovered binders and recycling agents were prepared and tested for PG grading properties, multiple stress creep recovery grades, and linear amplitude sweep fatigue life after the rolling thin-film oven and pressure aging vessel aging. Mixtures were tested for rutting resistance and cracking resistance at intermediate temperature and at low temperatures after being subjected to short-term oven aging and long-term oven aging. The correlation between the blended binder properties and mixture performance properties is used to identify the binder test parameters that can be used to predict the long-term performance of high RAP/RAS mixtures and the effects of various recycling agents. Results generally indicate that use of direct testing of recovered binders with recycling agents is an effective means to estimate required initial dose for recycling agent, and testing actual blended binders can be used to predict mixture performance-related properties for the testing conditions used in this study.

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    • The results and opinions presented are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of the sponsoring agency or the RMRC executive board members. © National Academy of Sciences: Transportation Research Board 2021.
  • Authors:
    • Zhang, Yuan
    • Swiertz, Daniel
    • Bahia, Hussain U
  • Publication Date: 2021

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  • Accession Number: 01763647
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: TRBAM-21-00780
  • Files: TRIS, TRB, ATRI
  • Created Date: Dec 23 2020 11:08AM