For various reasons, bituminous pavements fail to attain the expected service life in the adverse climatic, environmental, and traffic conditions prevailing in India. In an attempt to improve their durability in these conditions, much research is being conducted on additives for improved, durable, cost-effective bituminous binders, and especially on modified binders. This paper presents the results of laboratory studies and field trials on bitumen-rubber products at India's Central Road Research Institute (CRRI). After extensive field trials, the CRRI has developed a new method of sealing cracks and delaying reflection cracks, on overlays using membranes of tyre crumb rubber modified binders. It was found that rubberised bitumen mixtures are less liable to wide temperature variation than ordinary bitumen, and more resistant to thermal cracking, fatigue cracking, rutting, moisture damage, and age hardening. Field trials at the CRRI and elsewhere confirm that it is cost-effective to rubberise the bitumen, because the life-cycle cost increase is moderate compared to the extension of useful service life. Rubber from discarded tyres can be used, solving the problem of how to dispose of worn-out tyres. The author recommends that India should adopt rubberised road construction in India as soon as practicable.

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    Indian Roads Congress

    Jamnagar House, Shahjahan Road
    New Delhi,   India  110 011
  • Authors:
    • GUPTA, A K
  • Publication Date: 1997-4


  • English

Media Info

  • Pagination: p. 53-68
  • Serial:
    • Indian Highways
    • Volume: 25
    • Issue Number: 4
    • Publisher: Indian Roads Congress
    • ISSN: 0376-7256

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  • Accession Number: 00743525
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD, ATRI
  • Created Date: Dec 29 1997 12:00AM