Microstructural Analysis and Rheological Modeling of Asphalt Mixtures Containing Recycled Asphalt Materials
AbstractThe use of recycled materials in pavement construction has seen, over the years, a significant increase closely associated with substantial economic and environmental benefits. During the past decades, many transportation agencies have evaluated the effect of adding Reclaimed Asphalt Pavement (RAP), and, more recently, Recycled Asphalt Shingles (RAS) on the performance of asphalt pavement, while limits were proposed on the amount of recycled materials which can be used. In this paper, the effect of adding RAP and RAS on the microstructural and low temperature properties of asphalt mixtures is investigated using digital image processing (DIP) and modeling of rheological data obtained with the Bending Beam Rheometer (BBR). Detailed information on the internal microstructure of asphalt mixtures is acquired based on digital images of small beam specimens and numerical estimations of spatial correlation functions. It is found that RAP increases the autocorrelation length (ACL) of the spatial distribution of aggregates, asphalt mastic and air voids phases, while an opposite trend is observed when RAS is included. Analogical and semi empirical models are used to back-calculate binder creep stiffness from mixture experimental data. Differences between back-calculated results and experimental data suggest limited or partial blending between new and aged binder. View Full-Text
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Falchetto, A.C.; Moon, K.H.; Wistuba, M.P. Microstructural Analysis and Rheological Modeling of Asphalt Mixtures Containing Recycled Asphalt Materials. Materials 2014, 7, 6254-6280.
Falchetto AC, Moon KH, Wistuba MP. Microstructural Analysis and Rheological Modeling of Asphalt Mixtures Containing Recycled Asphalt Materials. Materials. 2014; 7(9):6254-6280.Chicago/Turabian Style
Falchetto, Augusto C.; Moon, Ki H.; Wistuba, Michael P. 2014. "Microstructural Analysis and Rheological Modeling of Asphalt Mixtures Containing Recycled Asphalt Materials." Materials 7, no. 9: 6254-6280.