Performance Evaluation of HMA Consisting of Modified Asphalt Binder

To achieve Strategic Highway Research Program (SHRP) specified Performance Grade (PG) grades, refineries make use of modifiers to enhance the properties of base asphalt. Even though modified binders may meet PG specifications, some perform better than others. This can be attributed to binder/hot mix asphalt (HMA) tests inability in consistently identifying the problems with the binders especially if the modifier is added to the binder. Therefore, it is necessary to identify a binder/HMA test that can consistently predict performance. The research performed for SHRP has significantly increased the understanding of HMA mix behavior among national and international highway-related agencies, which has resulted in an increase in the number of mixes available for placement. The increase in mix types makes it difficult for designers to select the appropriate mix for a given application. Therefore, it is necessary to have a HMA selection guideline. To achieve the objectives of this study, a survey was conducted to identify commonly placed mix and modifier types and logic followed in selection of mixes. Based on survey results, three mixes (Type D, CMHB-C, and PFC) were selected. In addition, the four modifier types: SBS, SBR, TR, and Elvaloy were selected and evaluated. The evaluation results and recommendations are included in this report.

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  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Project title: Guidelines for Selecting Asphalt Mixtures and Evaluation of Polymer-Modified Mixes.
  • Corporate Authors:

    University of Texas, El Paso

    Center for Transportation Infrastructure Systems
    500 W University Avenue
    El Paso, TX  United States  79968-0516

    Texas Department of Transportation

    Research and Technology Implementation Office, P.O. Box 5080
    Austin, TX  United States  78763-5080

    Federal Highway Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Authors:
    • Sugandh, Rajpal
    • Zea, Manuel
    • Tandon, Vivek
    • Smit, Andre
    • Prozzi, Jorge
  • Publication Date: 2007-2


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Web
  • Edition: Technical Report
  • Features: Figures; Photos; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 122p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01047570
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: FHWA/TX-07/0-4824-2, Report 0-4824-2
  • Contract Numbers: 0-4824
  • Created Date: May 1 2007 3:17PM