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Primary Topic: Materials-Asphalt
Description: This report documents the effects of polymer-modified asphalt binders on the rutting resistance of a mixture with diabase aggregate. It is part of a research study titled "Understanding the Performance of Modified Asphalt Binders in Mixtures." This study is partially funded through National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) Project 90-07. The objective of NCHRP Project 90-07 is to determine if asphalt binder performance is captured by the Superpave asphalt binder specification developed under the 1987 to 1993 Strategic Highway Research Program, with an emphasis on evaluating the performances of mixtures containing polymer-modified asphalt binders with identical Superpave performance grades, but varied chemistries. Asphalt binder tests developed under NCHRP Project 09-10, titled "Superpave Protocols for Modified Asphalt Binders," are also being evaluated. NCHRP Project 09-10 was completed in February 2001. For the materials tested in this study, good correlations between asphalt binder properties and laboratory mixture rutting resistance were found, which indicate that the current Superpave asphalt binder specification and testing protocols are valid. Additional mixtures will be tested by FHWA to verify these findings. This report will be of interest to highway personnel who use polymer-modified asphalt binders and Superpave.
FHWA Publication Number: FHWA-RD-02-042
Publication Year: 2002
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