Long-Term Performance Evaluation of Recycled Asphalt Pavement Results from Texas: Pavement Studies Category 5 Sections from the Long-Term Pavement Performance Program

Recycled asphalt pavement (RAP) has been increasingly used in flexible pavement construction and rehabilitation. Laboratory and in-place evaluation of the performance of RAP and hot-mix asphalt (HMA) produced with RAP is necessary to the successful use of RAP. Extensive research work has been reported with a focus on laboratory tests of RAP materials. But comprehensive evaluation of the long-term in-service pavement performance with RAP is still at its early stage. In this study, the Texas Specific Pavement Studies Category 5 experimental sections from the Long-Term Pavement Performance program provide an opportunity to investigate the in situ performance of HMA with RAP based on about 16 years of data. In the underlying flexible pavement rehabilitation project, the factorial design includes surface preparation, material, and thickness factors. In particular, a relatively high percentage of RAP, with a content of 35% by weight, was adopted in the asphalt overlay. An in-depth investigation of the pavement performance involving two typical distresses, ride quality and transverse cracking and rutting, is conducted. Compared with sections without RAP (HMA with virgin materials), sections with RAP demonstrated higher cracking amount, less rut depth, and similar roughness change over time. The overall evaluation revealed that a well-designed mix with 35% RAP could perform as satisfactorily as that produced with virgin materials to meet the in-service performance requirement.


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  • Accession Number: 01151182
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 9780309160506
  • Report/Paper Numbers: 10-3085
  • Files: TRIS, TRB, ATRI
  • Created Date: Jan 25 2010 11:31AM