High strain fatigue life of the SBS modied mastic asphalt mixtures was improved.exural toughness than control mixtures.
al in retarding fatigue crack growth.
thickness of asphalt concrete deck pavements is reduced by 50%,
life of the deck pavements [5,6]. Hence, high performance pavingmaterials needs to be developed for deck pavements in long-spanbridge decks.
Since 1960s mastic asphalt concrete pavements have been usedin European countries and Japan to enhance fatigue performance ofthe bridge deck pavements [7,8]. For example, 70 mm thick and50 mm thick mastic asphalt pavements have been used popularly
8.0%, resulting in superior durability and exibility. Also,h temperaely cooker
enables to maintain high temperature during productiotransportation. Due to superior uidity at the high tempemastic asphalt does not need a compaction procedure durconstruction; nonetheless, air void of the mastic asphalt concreteis almost close to zero.
In general, Trinidad Lake Asphalt (TLA) occupies 3050% ofasphalt binder in mastic asphalt mixtures. TLA is a high viscousnatural asphalt, providing higher durability, rut-resistance, andlow-temperature cracking resistance. In Germany and the Nether-lands, it is recommended to use the ratio of TLA to asphalt binder
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evE-mail address: email@example.com (H.J. Lee).tensile strain at the bottom of the deck pavement can be doubledapproximately, resulting in considerable reduction of the fatigue
asphalt is mixed and constructed at a very higapproximately 230 C using a special mixer, nam0950-0618/$ - see front matter 2013 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.conbuildmat.2013.07.100masticture ofwhichn andrature,ing theTLA (Trinidad Lake Asphalt)Bridge deck pavement
Recently long-span bridges are constructed considerably in theworld. Orthotropic steel bridge decks have been popularly used forthe long-span bridges in order to reduce self weight of the bridgedeck . The orthotropic steel bridge deck plate and deck pave-ments are designed as thin as possible, which leads to large deec-tions and to reduce fatigue life of deck pavements. For example, if
in Germany and the Netherlands, respectively. In Japan, a combina-tion of a 35 mm thick mastic asphalt base layer and a 35 mm thickmodied asphalt wearing surface layer has been applied to deckpavements. The main reason of the popular usage of the masticasphalt concrete in bridge deck pavements is that the masticasphalt could provide superior waterproong and higher exuralresistance than other deck pavement materials. Mastic asphaltpavements contain higher binder contents, typically more thanSBS (StyreneButadieneStyrene) modierFatigue performance The SBS modied mixtures had greater The SBS modiers was more substanti
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Article history:Received 14 February 2013Received in revised form 23 July 2013Accepted 25 July 2013Available online 24 August 2013
Keywords:Mastic asphalta b s t r a c t
This study evaluated the fatigue performance of StyreneButadieneStyrene (SBS) modied masticasphalt mixtures used for bridge deck pavements. The effect of the type and content of newly developedSBS modiers was investigated using typical binder tests. Four-point bending beam fatigue and indirectstrength tests were conducted to examine fatigue and fracture behaviors of the SBS modied masticasphalt mixtures. The SBS modiers without C@C double bonds enhanced the mechanical properties ofthe mastic asphalt binder and mixtures: lower stiffness after short- and long-term oxidation, signicantlygreater fatigue resistance at a higher strain level, and higher crack development resistance.
2013 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. SBS modiers enhanced low-temperature crack resistance of asphalt binder.Fatigue performance evaluation of SBS mo
Tae Woo Kim a,b, Jongeun Baek a,b, Hyun Jong Lee b,,aHighway Pavement Research Division, SOC Research Group, Korea Institute of Construcof KoreabDepartment of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Sejong University, 98 Gunja-Dong
h i g h l i g h t s
journal homepage: www.elsied mastic asphalt mixtures
Young Choi a
Technology, 2311 Daewha-Dong, Ilsan-Gu, Goyang-Si, Gyeonggi-Do 411-712, Republic
angjin-Gu, Seoul 143-747, Republic of Korea
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ble. SBS modied mastic asphalt mixtures have good fatigue
superior fatigue performance at a higher strain level of 1000 le
greater. The antioxidants were Irganox-1010 produced by Ciba and Irgafos 168 pro-duced by Gumho Petrochemical Co. The amount of the antioxidant ranged from0.4% to 5.0% by weight of the SBS modier where the antioxidants were usedequally.
Table 1Components of the ve types of SBS modiers.
ID SBS type Antioxidant content (wt.%)
SBS A SBS with C@C double bonds 0.4SBS B 1.0
SBS C SBS without double bonds 0.4SBS D 2.5SBS E 5.0
0.01 0.1 1 10 100
Building Materials 48 (2013) 908916 909or even greater [5,12].
2. Research objective and scope
In this study, SBS modied mastic asphalt mixture was devel-oped to enhance the fatigue resistance of conventional masticasphalt mixture where TLA is used as a part of asphalt binder. Inorder to evaluate the fatigue performance of the SBS modied mas-tic asphalt mixture, various laboratory tests for asphalt binder andmixtures were conducted. First, physical and mechanical bindertests were conducted to examine the characteristics of the SBSmodied asphalt binder and to determine the proper type and con-tent of the SBS modiers and TLA in the SBS modied mastic as-phalt mix design. The physical tests include penetration, ring andball temperature, and ductility tests before and after rolling thinlm oven aging. Second, four-point bending (FPB) fatigue testsand indirect tensile (IDT) strength tests were conducted to evalu-ated the fatigue resistance of the SBS modied mastic asphalt mix-tures in terms of fatigue life and crack development, respectively.
3. Experimental program
3.1.1. SBS modied asphalt binderControl asphalt binder consists of AC 60-80 base asphalt and 30% of TLA. In SBS
modied asphalt binder, a part of the TLA was substituted by SBS modiers to im-prove fatigue crack resistance. The type and content of the SBS modiers will bedetermined based on the performance of the SBS modied asphalt binder. Table 1lists the ve types of SBS modiers evaluated in this study.
The SBS modiers mainly contain SBS rubbers and antioxidants. Type A and BSBS modiers have double bonds (C@C) in molecular structures which can be bro-ken at a high temperature and result in thermal instability of the SBS rubbers. Intype C, D, and E SBS rubbers, the double bonds were cut by hydrotreating processperformance at a wide temperature range of 30 to 20 C [9,10].Thus, the use of the SBS is benecial to improve fatigue perfor-mance of mastic asphalt concrete. However, the use of modiedasphalt concrete in deck pavements led to the increase of initialconstruction cost. Life cycle cost (LCC) analysis showed that theLCC of modied asphalt concrete, Gussasphalt, mastic asphalt,and epoxy asphalt concrete could be lower than that of conven-tional deck pavements because of longer service life and lower usercost .
Mastic asphalt concrete is suitable for 5080 mm thick deckpavements . Furthermore, thinner deck pavements, e.g.,40 mm or less, are needed for super long-span bridges as a wayof signicantly reducing self-weight of the deck pavements .Among several paving materials for long-span bridge deck pave-ments, SBS modied mastic asphalt concrete could be appropriatebecause of various types of SBS modiers and successful previousstudies. However, in order to apply the SBS modied masticasphalt concrete into relatively thin deck pavements, it requiresof 30% by weight; the ratio increased to 50% in the UK. Despite ofgood performance of the TLA, it is a natural product so that it is dif-cult to modify its original characteristics as required further.
Recently a couple of European countries led by Germany devel-oped StyreneButadieneStyrene (SBS) modied mastic asphaltbinders to improve the fatigue performance of mastic asphaltpavements. SBS is a synthetic rubber composed of three longchains of polystyrene, polybutadiene, and polystyrene which havecompletely opposite characteristics. Polystyrene is hard plastic tomake SBS durable at high temperature; polybutadiene behaves likea soft rubber at a room temperature leading SBS to be more exi-
T.W. Kim et al. / Construction and to improve the high-temperature thermal stability. Also, two antioxidantswere added in the SBS modiers to mitigate the mastic asphalt from aging due tooxidation during mixing and transportation at a high temperature of 200 C or3.1.2. AggregatesAggregates used for the SBS modied mastic asphalt mixtures were based on
the Gussasphalt specications used in Germany and Japan [14,15]. The aggregateswhose nominal maximum aggregate size of 4.75 mm were used and consisted of46.5% of coarse aggregates, 30.0% of ne aggregates, and 23.5% of llers. Fig. 1shows the distribution of aggregates of the mastic asphalt mixture with upperand lower limits of Gussasphalt used in Japan . In order to minimize the vari-ance of aggregate gradations, the quantity of aggregates was measured precisely(0.1 g) to meet the target gradation according to ASTM C136 . The maximumpercentage of at and elongated particles whose dimensional ratio is greater than3:1 was limited to 10%, which is typically used for high-volume four-lane roadsin Korea.
3.1.3. Mix design for mastic asphalt mixturesIn this study, the mastic asphalt mixtures were manufactured as follows: rst
blended aggregates were heated up in a controlled-temperature oven at 200 Cfor at least 12 h. Asphalt binder was also heated up in another oven at 150 C for12 h. Then, the aggregates, asphalt binder, and TLA were mixed in a small-size coo-ker equipped with a self heating system that could control the cooker temperatureup to 300 C as shown in Fig. 2(a). It took approximately 20 min until the mixturetemperature reached the target temperature of 240 5 C. During the mixing, mix-ture temperature was periodically monitored and adjusted slightly to keep the tar-get temperature. For the SBS modied mastic asphalt, the SBS modiers were addedduring the mixing procedure.
A different mix design procedure was used for the mastic asphalt mixtures inorder to consider unique characteristics of the mastic asphalt mixtures, zero airvoids and no compaction. The Luer uidity, indentation, and wheel tracking testswere conducted on the control and SBS modied mastic asphalt mixtures to checkconsistency and rut-resistance at high temperatures. In the Luer uidity test, a 995-g weight was released to loosen 10-kg mastic asphalt mixtures at various temper-atures of 200260 C and penetration depth and time were periodically recordedduring the test as shown in Fig. 2(b). For each temperature, the penetration timevalue corresponding to 5 cm of penetration was determined. The mastic asphaltmixtures can be mixed and placed properly if the penetration time is in the rangeof 420 s.
The indentation test  was performed to measure indentation depth of a 7-cm3 cubic specimen by a 52.5-kg rod at 40 C during 30 min as shown in Fig. 2(c). Ifthe indentation value ranges 14 mm, the mastic asphalt is regarded to be stable atthe high temperature. The wheel tracking test  was also conducted to measurerut depth by repeated wheel loads at 60 C as shown in Fig. 2(d). Deformation of a
100Seive size (mm)Fig. 1. Particle size distribution for the mastic asphalt mixture.
910 T.W. Kim et al. / Construction and Building Materials 48 (2013) 908916specimen under 686 N of the wheel load was recorded and the number of load rep-etitions per 1 mm of deformation was computed as dynamic stability. The mini-mum dynamic stability for mastic asphalt mixtures is typically 300 cycles/mm.
Based on the mix design test results for various contents of asphalt binder, SBSmodier, and TLA, the optimum SBS modied asphalt binder content was deter-mined as 8.3% by weight of the mixture which includes 15% of TLA and 8.5% ofSBS modier by weight of the asphalt binder. On the other hand, the asphalt binderin the control mastic asphalt mixture was 8.5% by weight of the mixture where 30%of TLA by weight of the asphalt binder was used. Table 2 shows the contents of baseasphalt, SBS, and TLA and mix design test results.
3.2. Laboratory tests
3.2.1. Asphalt binder testsA series of physical and mechanical binder tests was conducted on the control
and ve SBS modied asphalt binders to evaluate the effect of the SBS modier onthe behavior of the asphalt binder in terms of penetration, softening point, ductility,and stiffness before and after short-term and long-term aging. The rolling thin lmoven (RTFO) and pressure aging vessel (PAV) tests were used to simulate the short-term and long-term aging of the asphalt binder. In addition, the morphology of theSBS modied asphalt binder was investigated using optical microscopy.
Fig. 2. Laboratory test setup for mix design: (a) the cooker, (b) the Lu3.2.2. Mixture testsIn this study, fatigue crack resistance of the mastic asphalt mixture was the
main concern because fatigue cracking has been considered as the main failure cri-terion for deck pavements . The fatigue performance of the mastic asphalt mix-tures was evaluated using four-point bending (FPB) fatigue tests [20,21]. Inaddition, crack resistance was evaluated using FPB and indirect tensile (IDT)strength tests.
The FPB fatigue tests were performed at a frequency of 10 Hz and at a temper-ature of 20 C under the controlled-strain mode of loading which is more preferredfor thin exible pavements such as bridge deck pavements where the elastic recov-ery properties of the material can affect its fatigue life . Only a minor permanentdeformation could be developed in the specimen during the fatigue tests since thestrain applied to the specimen must be recovered to the original position in each
Table 2Mix design test results for the control and SBS modied mastic asphalt mixtures.
Asphalt binder Control
AC (%)a 8.5Component Base SBSContent (%)a 70.0 0.0
Fluidity time (sec) 420Indentation depth (mm) 14Dynamic stability (cycles/mm) >300
a Asphalt binder and component contents are represented by weight of the mixture ab The target values were adapted from previous studies [4,14].cycle. Initial exural stiffness of a beam specimen (380 mm long 63 mmwide 500 mm high) was calculated at the 50th loading cycle. According to ASTMD7460-10 testing standard, fatigue failure is dened as the number of loading cy-cles when the initial stiffness is reduced by 50%. In this study, however, the 60%of stiffness reduction was also tried as a fatigue criterion because some specimenssuch as SBS modied mixtures did not show any signicant fracture failure evenafter 50% stiffness reduction.
A haversine loading without rest period was repeatedly applied to a specimenuntil the 60% of stiffness reduction was obtained. Relatively high levels of strainamplitudes, 800, 1000, and 1200 le, were used in the fatigue tests to simulate highlevel of bending developed in long-span bridge deck pavements . It was alsofound from preliminary tests that the fatigue life of the mastic asphalt mixtureswas too long to be measured properly at an initial strain level from 300 to 600 le.
The FPB strength test was conducted at 10 C and 20 C of temperatures fol-lowing KS (Korean Standard) F 2395 testing procedure . A compressive loadingwith the constant speed of 50 mm/min was applied to a specimen (300 mm long,50 mm wide, and 50 mm high) until the compressive load was reduced by 20%from its peak. Then, bending strength was calculated using the peak load devel-oped during the strength test. Failure strain corresponding to the peak load wasalso determined. Using the FPB strength tests data, toughness values were calcu-lated to evaluate crack resistance of the specimens at low and intermediatetemperatures.
The IDT strength tests were conducted on the control and SBS modied mastic
uidity test, (c) the identication test, and (d) the wheel tracking test.asphalt mixtures at 20 C . The IDT tests were nished once horizontal tensilestress was reduced by 20% from its peak. Tensile strain and stress at the center ofthe specimen were calculated. Since the IDT strength test was conducted to evalu-ate the crack development, a relatively slower loading rate of 1.0 mm/min was ap-plied to capture crack images and only horizontal strain at the center of thespecimen was measured. Crack development during the IDT test was monitoredusing two digital cameras. The cameras were placed in front and back of an IDTspecimen. During the tests, digital images were captured every second. The cracklength of each crack was measured using a commercial image processing program,Scion Image. Each crack was manually marked from the beginning to the end of thecrack path and then the crack length was automatically calculated. An averagevalue of crack lengths obtained from both sides was used in the analysis. Detailedtest procedures were described in a previous study .
8.3TLA Base SBS TLA30.0 76.5 8.5 15.0
Control SBS modied
19 61.86 1.80340 321
nd by weight of the asphalt binder, respectively.
4. Binder test results
4.1. Effect of SBS type
The effect of the SBS type on the behavior of the asphalt binderwas evaluated. The content of the ve SBS modiers was xed at8.0% by weight of the asphalt binder and no TLA was used. Penetra-tion, ring and ball temperature, and ductility test results before andafter thin lm oven aging of the base and SBS modied asphalt bin-der were summarized in Table 3. Targets in the table were given for
The effect of the SBS modier content on the asphalt binder
12% of type C SBS modiers in the asphalt binder was the most sig-nicant in improving crack resistance at low temperature.
The compatibility of the SBS modiers in the asphalt matrix wasinvestigated using optical microscopy. Fig. 4 shows the morphol-ogy development of the SBS modied asphalt (4%, 8%, and 12%)at a temperature of 160 C. When 4% and 8% SBS modiers areused, the SBS modiers (white dots in the gure) were dispersedin the asphalt matrix. A large network structure was constructedat a magnication of 500 when 12% of the SBS modiers are used.When 30% of TLA is added to the SBS modied asphalt binder, it
tents evaluated were 0%, 10%, 20%, and 30% by weight of the as-
The FPB strength tests were conducted to measure exural
T.W. Kim et al. / Construction and Building Materials 48 (2013) 908916 911properties was evaluated. Only type C SBS modier was selectedfor this evaluation and SBS modier contents were 8%, 10%, and12%. Fig. 3 shows the asphalt binder properties with respect to typeC SBS contents and corresponding limits which were adapted fromprevious studies [4,14,26]. Parenthesis in Fig. 3(a)and (b) repre-sents penetration ratio (%) and softening point change after theRTFO, respectively. When 8% of the SBS content was used, someof the binder requirements were not satised. However, increasingthe SBS content up to 10% and 12% improved the asphalt binderproperties satisfying all the requirements except the softeningpoint change as shown in Fig. 3(b).
Among the binder properties, the effect of the SBS content onthe softening point before the RTFO, the ductility after the RTFO,and the low-temperature stiffness after the PAV was relatively sig-nicant. The increase of the SBS content from 8% to 12% resulted inthe increase of the original softening point from 63 C to 87 C(38%), the increase of the RTFO ductility from 52 cm to 68 cm(31%), and the decrease of the PAV low-temperature stiffness from358 MPa to 150 MPa (58%). Thus, the effect the use of 10% andTable 3Binder test results for the base and SBS modied asphalt binder.
Tests Targeta Base
Original Penetration @ 25 C (dm) 2040Softening point (C) 7090Ductility @ 25 C (cm) P50 1
RTFO Penetration ratio (%) P65Softening point change (C) 28Ductility @ 25 C (cm) P10 1mastic asphalt binder used in the wearing surface and base layersof deck pavements [14,26].
When the SBS modiers were added to the base asphalt binder,the penetration depth before the RTFO was reduced by approxi-mately 30% as shown in Table 3. On the other hand, the penetrationratio was increased by approximately 35% regardless of the SBStypes. Ductility of the SBS modied asphalt binder before and afterthe RTFO was lowered by 4050%, respectively and still satisedthe target requirements. Overall, the addition of the SBS modiermade the binder consistency harder.
The performance of type C, D, and E SBS modiers having nodouble bonds was better than the A and B type SBSmodiers: lowerpenetration at 25 C before and after the RTFO and low-tempera-ture stiffness after the PAV. Especially, the effect of the antioxidantin type C, D, and E SBS modiers on the asphalt binder propertiesafter aging was meaningful. When type A and B SBS modiers areused, the low-temperature stiffness was greater than its limit of350 MPa. However, the low-temperature stiffness of type C, D,and E SBS modied asphalt was reduced by approximately 25%.
4.2. Effect of SBS modier contentPAV Stiffness @ 16 C (MPa) 6350 361a The target values were adapted from previous studies [4,14,26].strength and toughness at a low temperature of 10 C and inter-mediate temperature of 20 C. Fig. 5 shows exural stress versusbending strain of the control and SBS modied mastic asphalt
SBS type (8%)
A B C D E
34 34 33 33 3380 80 63 63 6371 71 80 80 80
73 76 78 84 728 6 1 3 861 77 52 61 60phalt binder where the C type SBS content was xed as 10% byweight of the base asphalt. When the TLA content is 30%, no SBSmodier was used, i.e. it is conventional TLA content in mastic as-phalt. Binder test results were summarized in Table 4.
As the TLA content increased and the SBS modier content de-creased, binder properties changed gradually in most tests. Withthe increase of TLA contents, original penetration decreased; origi-nal ductility increased while ductility after the RTFO decreased;penetration ratio and softening point change after the RTFO in-creased. From these observations, the effect of TLA on the penetra-tion before and after the RTFO was signicant due to higherviscosity of TLA. When 30% of TLA is used without the SBS modier,its original softening point was 56 C which is 14 C lower than thelower limit of 70 C and its softening point change exceeded therequirement. It means that the asphalt mixtures with 30% TLAcan be vulnerable to permanent deformation at high temperature.In addition, as the TLA content increased, ductility reduction afterthe RTFO was signicant, e.g., 7962 cm for 0% of TLA and 9927 cm for 30% of TLA. Thus, the mastic asphalt mixtures with only30% of TLA can susceptible to cracking due to aging. Thus, it is bet-ter to replace a part of TLA by the SBS modier to improve ruttingand cracking resistance of mastic asphalt mixtures.
5. Mixture test results
5.1. Four-point bending (FPB) test
5.1.1. FPB strength testseemed that the SBS modiers were distributed uniformly with amedium network structure while TLA could not be observed inthe uorescence method.
4.3. Effect of TLA contents
A certain amount of TLA can be also used in the SBS modiedasphalt binder. The effect of the TLA on the binder propertieswas evaluated to determine a proper amount of TLA. The TLA con-448 468 358 332 340
912 T.W. Kim et al. / Construction and Bmixtures. Compared to the control mastic asphalt mixture, the SBSmodied mastic asphalt mixture have 14.6 MPa, 20% greater ex-ural strength at 10 C but 5.4 MPa, 40% lower exural strengthat 20 C. However, bending strain at the failure of the SBS modiedmastic asphalt mixture was greater than that of the control mastic
0 8 10 12
SBS content (%)
(57) (78) (71) (67)
0 8 10 12
SBS content (%)
Fig. 3. Asphalt binder properties with respect to SBS C modier content
Fig. 4. Morphology development of asphalt binder with (a) 4%, (b) 8%120Original RTFO(b)
ing Materials 48 (2013) 908916asphalt mixture: 4% at 10 C and 42% at 20 C. Thus the SBSmodied mastic asphalt mixture can be considered to have higherexural resistance at 10 C and comparable at 20 C.
In addition, exural toughness was used to evaluate the fractureresistance of the SBS modied mastic asphalt mixture. Fracture
0 8 10 12
SBS content (%)
0 8 10 12
SBS content (%)
s: (a) penetration, (b) softening point, (c) ductility, and (d) stiffness.
, (c) 12% SBS modiers, and (d) 10% SBS modiers with 30% TLA.
energy or toughness is composed of the total dissipated energy andelastic strain energy. The strain energy represents the energy con-sumed to deform the material while the total dissipated energy isthe energy used to initiate cracks in the material. Therefore, the to-tal dissipated energy may be proportional to the fracture resistanceof the asphalt concrete. To calculate the strain energy, one may
mixture. The use of the SBS modier improved the toughness ofthe mastic asphalt mixture by 31.4% at 10 C and 18.0% at 20 Cdue to higher ductility. Hence, it may be concluded that the SBSmodier gives more exibility to the mastic asphalt mixture whichenables to resist against cracking due to bending.
5.1.2. FPB fatigue testWith the increase of load repetitions in the FPB fatigue tests,
exural stiffness drops suddenly at the beginning, tends to de-crease gradually, and nally drops to be fractured. As shown inFig. 7(a), the control mastic asphalt mixture followed the typicalfatigue behavior at the lowest strain level of 800 le. The SBS mod-ied mastic asphalt mixtures followed the similar behavior of the
Table 4Binder test results for various TLA contents.
Category Targetb Base TLA content (%)
0 10 20 30a
SBS modier (%)
10 9 8 0a
OriginalPenetration @ 25 C (dm) 2040 33 39 27 20 24Softening point (C) 7090 63 82 78 80 56Ductility @ 25 C (cm) P50 80 79 79 90 99
RTFOPenetration ratio (%) P65 78 71 78 83 100Softening point change (C) 28 +1 12 1 5.3 10Ductility @ 25 C (cm) P10 52 62 48 54 27
PAVStiffness @ 16 C (MPa) 6350 361 173
a Conventional TLA/asphalt binder ratio where no SBS modier was used in theasphalt binder.
b The target values were adapted from previous studies [4,14,26].
T.W. Kim et al. / Construction and Building Materials 48 (2013) 908916 913need viscoelastic properties of asphalt mixtures. However, in thisstudy, the viscoelastic properties were not measured. Thus, thetoughness was used to relatively evaluate crack resistance.
Toughness was calculated based on the area under the strainstress curves until its strength, marked in Fig. 5(b). Fig. 6 showsthe toughness of the control and SBS modied mastic asphalt mix-tures. Toughness at 10 C and 20 C are 9.1 N m and 29.3 N m,respectively, for the control mastic asphalt mixture; 12.0 N mand 34.6 N m, respectively, for the SBS modied mastic asphalt
Bending strain ()
0 0 2.0 4.0 6.0 8.0 10.0
Bending strain ()
0 10.0 20.0 30.0 40.0 50.0
Fig. 5. Bending strainexural stress of the FPB strength test at: (a) 10 C and (b)20 C.control one until 0.3 million cycles at the fatigue failure of the con-trol one. After then, the stiffness of the SBS modied mastic asphaltmixtures maintained around 50% stiffness up to 1.0 million cyclesat the 800 le level and 40% stiffness up to 0.5 million cycles at thehigher strain levels. At the end of the fatigue tests, no visible crackwas observed in the beam specimens of the SBS modied masticasphalt mixtures while the beam specimen of the control onewas broken completely by a distinct single crack. This implies thatthe SBS modier could prevent rapid fatigue crack development atthe high strain levels.
Based on two exural stiffness levels of 40% and 50%, the num-ber of loading cycles to failure, Nf was determined. As shown inFig. 8, the SBS modied mastic asphalt mixtures had greater fatiguelife than the control ones at both stiffness levels. For example atthe 1000 le level, Nf of the control and SBS modied mastic asphaltmixtures are 17,072 and 80,361 at the 50% stiffness level; 21,665and 639,903 at the 40% stiffness level. The Nf of the SBS modiedmastic asphalt mixtures at the 40% stiffness level was signicantlygreater than that at the 50% stiffness level. Also, as the strain levelincreased from 800 to 1200 le, the Nf ratio of the SBS modied tocontrol mastic asphalt mixtures increased signicantly from 19 to273. Thus the SBS modier could enhance the fatigue life of the SBSmastic asphalt mixture considerably, especially in controlling fati-gue crack development in a secondary or tertiary fatigue stagerather than in a primary fatigue stage.
5.2. Indirect tensile strength test
Since a visible crack was not observed in the SBS modied mas-tic asphalt mixtures from the FPB fatigue tests, IDT strength testswere conducted on the two mixtures until complete failure to eval-uate crack initiation and propagation behavior of the mixtures.
5.2.1. Strength and toughnessThe IDT strength test results at 20 C were shown in Fig. 9. The
maximum tensile strength of the SBS modied mastic asphalt
Control SBS modified
ImprovementFig. 6. Comparison of toughness of the control and SBS modied mastic asphaltmixtures at 10 C and 20 C.
1.0E+021.0E+00 1.0E+02 1.0E+04 1.0E+06
Number of loading cycles (103)
Control (R = 0.809)
1.0E+04T = 20 oC40% stiffness
Number of loading cycles (10 )61.0
914 T.W. Kim et al. / Construction and Bmixture was 635.5 kPa (2.9% in coefcient of variation (CV)) whichis 36% lower than that of the control mastic asphalt mixture,407.3 kPa (4.1% in CV). Unlike the FPB strength test results, IDTtoughness computed with horizontal tensile stress and strainwas 37% lower than that of the control one. It means that the useof the SBS modier in the mastic asphalt mixtures was not bene-cial in retarding fatigue crack initiation.
5.2.2. Crack growthDuring the IDT strength test, a crack monitoring system pro-
posed in a previous study  was used to measure crack lengthin a designated area whose size is 130 mm in height and 50 mmin width as shown in Fig. 10(a). Fig. 10(b) shows crack images forthe control and SBS modied mastic asphalt mixtures at the peakload of the IDT strength test. In the control mastic asphalt mixture,an apparent single crack was observed through the center line ofthe designated area. In the SBS modied mastic asphalt mixture,relatively tiny and unlinked cracks were distributed in the upperand lower designated area. Based on these different crack patternsobserved in the control and SBS modied mastic asphalt mixtures,one can conclude that the SBS modier spreads fatigue damagesover larger area, leading to less stress concentration and higherfatigue crack resistance.
0.3 0.4Number of loading cycles (10 )6
Number of loading cycles (10 )6
0.0 0.1 0.2 0.3 0.4 0.5 0.6
Fig. 7. Normalized exural stiffness reduction with respect to the number ofloading cycles at the strain levels of (a) 800, (b) 1000, and (c) 1200 le.1.0E+03
1.0E+04T = 20 oC50% stiffness
SBS modified (R2= 0.949)
ing Materials 48 (2013) 908916Fig. 11 shows crack length variations with loading time for thecontrol and SBS modied mastic asphalt mixtures. Wherein, thecrack length is a sum of length of visible individual cracks devel-oped in the designated area. Until a loading time of 300 s, the cracklength of the SBS modied mastic asphalt mixtures is approxi-mately 24 mm, close to that of the control mix. It implies thatthe SBS modier does not affect fatigue crack initiation of the mas-tic asphalt mixtures at 20 C.
After that, crack growth rate, crack length increase per second,of the control mix became faster than that before. For example,the crack growth rate of the control mix was less than 0.01 mm/suntil 300 s and jumped to 0.23 mm/s at 350 s where micro-cracks
1.0E+00 1.0E+02 1.0E+04 1.0E+06
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Fig. 8. Fatigue life versus initial strain of the control and SBS modied masticasphalt mixtures at (a) 50% and (b) 40% stiffness.
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In this study, several laboratory tests were conducted to evalu-ate the effect of SBS modiers on the fatigue performance of masticasphalt mixtures. The mechanical properties of the SBS modiedasphalt binder and mixtures were improved, especially in low-temperature crack resistance and fatigue life. Besides, importantconclusions were achieved as follows:
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Fig. 11. Fatigue crack growth with respect to loading time during the IDT strengthtest on the control and SBS modied mastic asphalt mixtures. The SBS modiers could reduce TLA contents in mastic asphaltmixtures by 50% and improve physical and mechanical proper-ties of the mastic asphalt mixtures.
It was observed from the binder tests that removal of the C@Cdouble bonds in the SBS modier was helpful for enhancinganti-aging performance of the mastic asphalt mixture: lowerlow-temperature stiffness at 10 C after the PAV and higherductility at 25 C after the RTFO.
The SBS modied asphalt mixtures had better crack resistanceby as factor of 1.32 at 10 C and 1.18 at 20 C and signicanthigher fatigue life, more than 100 times at a higher strain levelof 8001200 le.
The benet of the SBS modier in the asphalt mixtures wasmore substantial in retarding fatigue crack growth than crackinitiation under indirect tensile mode of loading.
This enhancement of the SBS modied asphalt mixtures canlead to the reduction of the thickness and self-weight of thedeck pavement, resulting in saving construction cost for thebridge and cables as well as the deck pavement.
Control SBS modified
ack images at the peak load the IDT strength test .(b)
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Fatigue performance evaluation of SBS modified mastic asphalt mixtures1 Introduction2 Research objective and scope3 Experimental program3.1 Materials3.1.1 SBS modified asphalt binder3.1.2 Aggregates3.1.3 Mix design for mastic asphalt mixtures
3.2 Laboratory tests3.2.1 Asphalt binder tests3.2.2 Mixture tests
4 Binder test results4.1 Effect of SBS type4.2 Effect of SBS modifier content4.3 Effect of TLA contents
5 Mixture test results5.1 Four-point bending (FPB) test5.1.1 FPB strength test5.1.2 FPB fatigue test
5.2 Indirect tensile strength test5.2.1 Strength and toughness5.2.2 Crack growth