Performance of Recycled Hot-Mix Asphalt Overlays in Rehabilitation of Flexible Pavements

The most frequent application of recycling materials in pavements is the reuse of reclaimed asphalt pavement (RAP) to produce recycled hot-mix asphalt (HMA). When designed properly, RAP mixes have demonstrated quality comparable to virgin HMAs in laboratory tests. Despite all the information available about the quality of RAP mixes, obstacles still promote their more frequent use in pavement engineering. Short- and long-term field performance of RAP mixes was investigated compared with virgin HMA overlays used in flexible pavements. Data from the 18 Specific Pavement Studies-5 (SPS-5) sites from the Long-Term Pavement Performance program located across the United States and Canada were used. Performance data were collected during periods ranging from 8 to 17 years. Repeated measures analysis of variance was the statistical analysis tool chosen, pairing distress measurements with survey dates to compare performance and response. The results suggest that in the majority of scenarios RAP mixes have performance statistically equivalent to virgin HMA mixes. The statistical equivalency of deflections suggests that RAP overlays can provide structural improvement equivalent to virgin HMA overlays.


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  • Accession Number: 01150964
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 9780309142854
  • Report/Paper Numbers: 10-2209
  • Files: PRP, TRIS, TRB, ATRI
  • Created Date: Jan 25 2010 11:01AM