Laboratory evaluation of rutting susceptibility of polymer-modified asphalt mixtures containing recycled pavements

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    binders were the least affected. Aggregate properties of RAP mix had a noticeable effect on rutting results

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    Even with the evident economic and environmental advantagesof adding RAP to virgin HMA mixtures, there is a concern about along-term performance of the HMA pavements containing RAP.RAP characteristics such as increased oxidation levels due to aging,increased RAP binder stiffness, and non-uniformity of aggregatetype and gradation may signicantly affect the fatigue properties,rutting resistance, as well as moisture susceptibility of a RAP-mod-

    the HMA specimen is uneven over time and may cause local con-centrations of shear on the surface of the specimens [4,6].

    Attenuate Total Reection (ATR) Fourier Transform Infrared (FT-IR) spectroscopy enables evaluation of oxidation levels as well aspresence and quantication of additives in asphalt binders by mea-suring the concentration of specic chemical functionalities. Spec-troscopic investigation of the oxidative hardening in asphaltmaterials have been a focus of pavement research for more thanthree decades. Petersen et al. [79] employed IR transmission spec-trometers to study long-term aging in asphalt binders and recog-nized three major products of oxidation: benzylic ketones,

    Corresponding author. Tel.: +1 860 486 2733.E-mail addresses: (A. Bernier), azofka@engr.uconn.

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    evedu (A. Zofka), (I. Yut).fatigue cracking, low-temperature cracking, moisture damageand oxidative aging [1].

    RAP has been used in HMA pavements since the 1930s [2]. Withan increase in the number of rehabilitation projects for deterio-rated roadways as compared with new constructions, the amountof RAP generated in the US has been continuously rising. In20062007, the Connecticut Department of Transportation(ConnDOT) used about 260,000 tons out of 420,000 tons (i.e. 62%)of generated RAP in highway construction [3].

    as a means for evaluating in particular modied binders beyondthe standard parameter used in the US in the PG system, i.e. |G|/sind (dynamic shear modulus over sine of phase angle). The As-phalt Pavement Analyzer (APA) is one of several accelerated proto-cols that measure rutting resistance of HMA lab prepared orroadway-cored specimens. Rutting resistance is evaluated by run-ning a steel wheel over pressurized tubing which rests on top ofthe specimens [5]. While the steel wheels have a well-controlledload, previous work has indicated that the load distribution inFourier transform infrared spectroscopyX-ray uorescence spectroscopy

    1. Introduction

    The goal of asphalt binder modibility of Hot Mix Asphalts (HMAs). Brecycled materials, such as old R(RAPs) or crumb rubber from the tiras styrenebutadiene rubber (SBR)Different quantities and combinationto enhance asphalt binders resistan0950-0618/$ - see front matter 2011 Elsevier Ltd. Adoi:10.1016/j.conbuildmat.2011.12.094and adding RAP binder to the mix lead to reduced rutting. 2011 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

    is to improve the dura-dditives range from theed Asphalt Pavementshemical additives suchphosphoric acid (PPA).ditives have been usedermanent deformation,

    ied HMA. Furthermore, the variability in RAP physical propertiesdue to varying sources of material affects predictability of proper-ties and, therefore, performance of RAP-modied HMA pavements.

    Rutting resistance is one of the primary characteristics that con-trol durability and structural capacity of the pavements. There areseveral testing protocols in Europe and in the US for both asphaltbinders and asphalt mixes that examine rutting resistance. Oneof the most recent developments in binder testing is the MultipleStress Creep and Recovery (MSCR) test [4]. MSCR was developedPolymer-modied bindersRecycling

    employed to verify the mineral content of RAP aggregates. The effect of RAP binder on the APA and MSCRresults showed reasonable correlation with reduced rutting for less-modied binders. Highly-modiedLaboratory evaluation of rutting susceptimixtures containing recycled pavements

    Alexander Bernier, Adam Zofka , Iliya YutUniversity of Connecticut, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, 261 Glen

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    Article history:Received 21 October 2011Received in revised form 16 December 2011Accepted 23 December 2011Available online 21 January 2012

    Keywords:Asphalt pavements

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    ts of the laboratory study on rutting susceptibility of polymer-modiedeclaimed Asphalt Pavement (RAP). Accelerated rutting tests were con-nt Analyzer (APA) and binders were evaluated in the Dynamic Shear Rhe-t dynamic shear modulus (|G|) master curves and to evaluate theirerties using the Multi-Stress Creep Recovery Test (MSCR). Polymer contentrent binders were analyzed using an Attenuated Total Reection Fourierter while X-ray diffraction and X-ray uorescence spectrometers were

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    from unaged (virgin) materials using a low-shear hand mixer at 60 rpm for1.5 min each at 135 C. Fig. 1 presents an example owchart for one type of RAPsource (basalt-based RAP mix) and one type of virgin binder (PG 58-34).

    The PMBs used in this study were PG 70-28, PG 76-22, PG 58-34, PG 64-28 withunknown modication, and a PPA-modied PG 64-28. RAP binders were recoveredfrom the four different RAP sources using the Quantitative Extraction of Bitumen fromBituminous Paving Mixtures (American Society of Testing Materials (ASTM) D2172-05) [18] and the Abson recovery method (ASTM D1856-95a) [19]. This extractionmethod requires soaking an asphalt mixture in trichloroethylene solvent. The mix-ture is centrifuged to separate the aggregate particles from the solution of asphaltbinder and solvent, which is then distilled to evaporate the solvent out. RAP and vir-gin binders were short-term aged in the laboratory before mechanical and spectro-scopic testing using the Rolling Thin Film Oven Test (RTFOT) according to ASTMD2872-04 [20]. The RTFOT spins up to eight glass bottles on a cradle in an ovenat 163 C for 85 min. Each bottle contains 35 g of asphalt binders that passes overa stream of hot air to simulate a short-term oxidation of the asphalt binder.

    2.2.2. Asphalt mixesIn order to examine the inuence of the RAP binder, two groups of asphalt

    mixes were prepared. In the control mixes, the RAP was rst burned in the ignitionoven at 538 C to remove the RAP binder [21]. Then only the RAP aggregate wasadded to the base batch of virgin binder and aggregate at 10% of the total mixweight with compensatory virgin binder added for the burned RAP binder. In thesecond set of mixes, the complete RAP mix (without burning the binder) was addedat 10% of the total mix weight. This approach produced 40 different mixes, i.e. allcombinations of two mix groups, four RAP sources and ve PMBs. All mixes were

    Building Materials 31 (2012) 5866 59can be identied [16]. X-ray uorescence (XRF) measures the re-sponse when materials are exposed to short-wavelength energies.The resulting energy released from the materials are unique tospecic atoms. The intensity of each unique wave length is directlyrelated to the amount of each element in the material.

    2. Materials and methods

    2.1. Objectives

    The main objective of this laboratory study was to compare rutting resistance ofasphalt binders and asphalt mixes containing different RAP sources and differentpolymer modiers. Rutting resistance was determined by MSCR and APA testing,correspondingly. In this comparison, the following material-related factors wereconsidered:

    RAP aggregate mineral composition (granite, basalt, schist, and limestone), eval-uated by XRD and XRF.

    RAP binder oxidation level (oxidation of RAP binders was evaluated by the ATRFT-IR).

    Polymer modication (type and relative amount of modication were also eval-uated by the ATR FT-IR).

    The research methodology included rheological and spectroscopic testing ofbinder and mixes in laboratory conditions. Rutting resistance of the HMA materialswas determined with the APA. The results of mix rutting susceptibility were com-pared with binder performance in the MSCR and frequency sweeps, both conductedin the Dynamic Shear Rheometer (DSR).

    2.2. Experimental design

    Materials used in this study included four different RAP sources and ve differ-ent virgin binders that constituted 29 binder blends, and 40 different asphalt mixeswhich are presented in details in the following sections.

    2.2.1. Binders and binder blendsThis study contained four RAP binders extracted from the four RAP sources as

    well as ve different virgin asphalt binders. All nine binders were evaluated withthe FT-IR and the DSR to establish their type of modication, chemical aging levels,sulfoxides and free hydroxyl radicals. The latter may interact withketones and form carboxylic acids [7,8]. Glover and Davison [10]have conrmed that an increase in viscosity of aged binders is re-lated to an increase in their carbonyl content. FT-IR techniqueshave also been successfully used for identication and quantica-tion of polymer additives in asphalt binders. Numerous studiesinvestigated effe