The article describes the development of grave-bitume (gravel-bitumen) which has high resistance to permanent deformation under heavy loading. The bituminous mix has a strong stone skeleton with a high filler content incorporating a harder than normal bitumen and a higher proportion of crushed aggregate than previously used in French roadbases. Aggregate gradings are similar to those used in the UK for dense bitumen macadam, but the harder binder used is likely to make gravel-bitumen twice as stiff and possess a better fatigue behaviour. It is suggested that the material could be used in thinner layers than other roadbase materials, providing comparable structural performance. Experience with gravel-bitumen as a roadbase has led to its application as an overlay both in conjunction with asphaltic concrete surfacings or with a surface dressing as a seal. Measurements have shown that the material has a higher stiffness and elastic modulus than asphaltic concrete. /TRRL/

  • Corporate Authors:

    IPC Building and Contract Journals Limited

    32 Southwark Bridge Road
    London SE1 9EX,   England 
  • Authors:
    • Peattie, K R
  • Publication Date: 1976-4-23

Media Info

  • Features: Photos; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: p. 9-12
  • Serial:

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00138894
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 26 1976 12:00AM