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Assessing asphalt mixture moisture susceptibility through intrinsic adhesion, bitumen stripping and mechanical damage

Grenfell, James; Ahmad, Naveed; Liu, Yawen; Apeagyei, Alex K.; Large, David; Airey, Gordon

Authors

James Grenfell

Naveed Ahmad

Yawen Liu

Alex K. Apeagyei

David Large

Gordon Airey



Abstract

Durability is one of the most important properties of an asphalt mixture. A key factor affecting the durability of asphalt pavements is moisture damage. Moisture damage is generally considered to be the result of two main mechanisms; the loss of adhesion between bitumen and the aggregate and the loss of cohesion within the mixture. Conventional test methods for evaluating moisture damage include tests conducted on loose bitumen-coated aggregates and those conducted on compacted asphalt mixtures. This paper looks at results from the rolling bottle and the saturated ageing tensile stiffness (SATS) tests in an attempt to better understand the underlying processes and mechanisms of moisture damage with the help of surface energy measurements on the constituent bitumen and aggregates. Combinations of materials were assessed using both the rolling bottle and SATS tests. The surface energy properties of the binders were measured using a dynamic contact angle analyser and those of the aggregates using a dynamic vapour sorption device. From these surface energy measurements, it was possible to predict the relative performance of both the simple rolling bottle test and the more complicated SATS test. Mineralogical composition of the aggregates determined using a mineral liberation analyser was used to explain the differences in performance of the mixtures considered.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jun 10, 2014
Journal Road Materials and Pavement Design
Print ISSN 1468-0629
Electronic ISSN 1468-0629
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 15
Issue 1
APA6 Citation Grenfell, J., Ahmad, N., Liu, Y., Apeagyei, A. K., Large, D., & Airey, G. (2014). Assessing asphalt mixture moisture susceptibility through intrinsic adhesion, bitumen stripping and mechanical damage. Road Materials and Pavement Design, 15(1), doi:10.1080/14680629.2013.863162
DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/14680629.2013.863162
Keywords bitumen, asphalt mixtures, surface energy, moisture damage, SATS, rolling bottle test, adhesion, mineralogical composition
Publisher URL https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/14680629.2013.863162
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://eprints.nottingh.../end_user_agreement.pdf

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