Aging Characteristics of Bitumen from Different Bituminous Pavement Structures in Service
AbstractThe aging of bitumen seriously affects the service life of bituminous pavements. At present, there are many related researches on bitumen aging, but most of them focus on aging endured in indoor surroundings and conditions. Therefore, the conclusions obtained cannot reflect the actual aging changes of bitumen in bituminous pavements in service. In order to study the comprehensive aging process and mechanism of bitumen under the influence of service, we studied bridge deck, traffic lane, and ramp with bituminous pavement structures in service. The bitumen samples obtained from the core samples in different bituminous pavement structures were characterized by gel permeation chromatography (GPC), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), dynamic shear rheometer (DSR), and fluorescence microscope (FM). The aging degree of different bitumen was analyzed, and conclusions were drawn on changes to bitumen aging from different pavement structures. The results showed that the aging degree of bitumen from the upper layer was the most serious, the aging degree of bitumen at the middle layer was weaker than that of bitumen from the upper layer, and the aging degree of bitumen from the bottom layer was the weakest for the different bituminous pavement structures. The aging of bitumen mainly occurred due to oxygen absorption. After aging, viscoelastic components of bitumen changed, and bitumen became harder. The macromolecule of bitumen could be divided into small molecules, and the small molecular weight of bitumen became large. The styrene-butadiene-styrene (SBS) modifier in the modified bitumen became granular after aging, and it appeared as a single phase in bitumen. The aging changes characterized by different analytical methods showed that the aging degree of bitumen from different layers of bituminous pavement structures in service was different. Effective measures should therefore be taken in time to decrease further aging of bitumen from the upper layer of bituminous pavements due to its inevitable early aging in service. View Full-Text
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Wang, X.; Guo, H.; Yang, B.; Chang, X.; Wan, C.; Wang, Z. Aging Characteristics of Bitumen from Different Bituminous Pavement Structures in Service. Materials 2019, 12, 530.
Wang X, Guo H, Yang B, Chang X, Wan C, Wang Z. Aging Characteristics of Bitumen from Different Bituminous Pavement Structures in Service. Materials. 2019; 12(3):530.Chicago/Turabian Style
Wang, Xiaofeng; Guo, Haoyan; Yang, Bo; Chang, Xingwen; Wan, Chenguang; Wang, Zhenjun. 2019. "Aging Characteristics of Bitumen from Different Bituminous Pavement Structures in Service." Materials 12, no. 3: 530.
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