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Publication Number:  FHWA-HRT-17-009    Date:  March 2017
Publication Number: FHWA-HRT-17-009
Date: March 2017


Long-Term Pavement Performance Bind Online

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FHWA Publication No.: FHWA-HRT-17-009
FHWA Contact: Larry Wiser, HRDI-30,
(202) 493-3079, larry.wiser@dot.gov

This document provides an overview of the Long-Term Pavement Performance Bind Online functionality.(1)
Details are provided in the LTPPBind Online User Guide (FHWA-HRT-17-010).(2)


This Product Brief introduces the reader to the Long-Term Pavement Performance Bind (LTPPBind) Online Web-based tool for selecting asphalt binder performance grades (PGs).(1) It explains what the tool is, who can benefit from its use, what its main features are, and how and where potential users can find more information.


Initial specifications for the Strategic Highway Research Program’s Superpave® asphalt binder PGs were based on the lowest and highest temperatures expected at a site.(3) Later, the LTPP Program used data from the Seasonal Monitoring Program to quantify the relationship between air and pavement temperatures. This evaluation resulted in the development of improved low and high pavement temperature models for selecting Superpave® asphalt binder grades.(3)

The current version of the LTPPBind 3.0/3.1 software uses degree days over 10 ºC as the climatic value in a transfer function for high-temperature (HT) PG.(4) The transfer function was developed by taking advantage of the integrated climatic model and the Mechanistic-Empirical Pavement Design rutting concepts.

LTPPBind Online is a new Web-based tool that helps State transportation departments select the most suitable binder PG for asphalt concrete pavement at a particular site based on the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) M320-10 and AASHTO M332-14 standards.(1,5,6) The algorithms for calculating the high and low temperatures are the same as the LTPPBind 3.0/3.1 software.(4)

LTPPBind Online allows the use of National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Modern-Era Retrospective Analysis for Research and Applications (MERRA) climatic data, LTPP climatic data, or manual data.(1,7) Based on the selected climatic data source, the maximum allowable rut depth, depth of pavement layer, base HT PG, equivalent single-axle load (ESAL) traffic volume, and traffic speed, LTPPBind Online is able to do the following:(1)

Figure 1. Screenshot. Comparison of AASHTO M320-10 standard and the AASHTO M332-14 standard.(5,6)

This table has 17 rows. The top two rows are a single column with text that reads: Performance Grade in the top row and AASHTO M320 to 10 Performance Graded Asphalt Binder in the next row down. The eight rows below that line are divided into 3 columns with column headings that read: PG temperature, High, and Low. The seven rows below that contain data in each of the 3 columns that shows the temperature variables as they are affected by 50 percent reliability, 90 percent reliability, and adjustments for traffic, depth, and performance grade temperature (totaling five rows). Below those five rows are two rows that show the Selected PG Grade as PG 82 in the High column and -16 in the low column. The final row below that shows the final PG grade for M320, PG 82-16 all in the High column. The next row is for AASHTO M332 to 14 Performance Graded Asphalt Binder using Multiple Creep Stress Recovery (MCSR). The rest of the table is divided into the same 3 column headings and has five rows of data. The first two rows show grade temperatures at 50 and 90 percent. The row below that shows designation for traffic loading followed by a row for Selected PG Grade at 70 in the High column and -16 in the Low column. The final row shows the PG Grade in the High column at M332 PG 70s-16.

Note: Temperatures are presented in degrees Celsius.


Who can benefit from LTPPBind Online?

All State and Provincial transportation departments, the highway construction industry, asphalt binder producers, university faculties/students, and researchers will benefit from LTPPBind Online.(1) This new software tool provides pavement engineers with the ability to select binder grades that are less restrictive and more cost effective for allowable rutting.

LTPPBind Online Tool Features

In addition to the high and low temperature PG, users can compare selected binder PGs between AASHTO M320-10 and AASHTO M 332-14 standards.(5,6) Users can select climatic data from MERRA, LTPP climatic data (virtual weather station (VWS) or automated weather station (AWS)), or enter the climatic data manually. MERRA data are selected by clicking on the map shown in figure 2 with the mouse cursor or by entering the coordinates in the search box. LTPP VWS climatic data are selected from a drop-down list of LTPP sections, and LTPP AWS climatic data are selected from existing AWS locations on the map in the United States only. Finally, users have the option of manually entering the climatic information for a specific location based on a credible climatic data source.

Figure 2. Screenshot. MERRA LTPP climatic data map.(8)

A map of the United States showing a selected location for MERRA Data LTPPBind Online is shown on the LTPP InfoPaveTM website by showing a map of the United States and a small part of Canada with all the names and boundary lines of the states marked. The specific MERRA cell is marked with the image of a pushpin. The latitude and longitude of the pinned location along with the location’s precise address are shown below the map on the left bottom edge. There are text boxes along the top left and along the left side of the map that give information to the user. Below the map there are tools to make the map image either larger or smaller and along the top left edge above the map there is a box the user can access to search for additional information.

Once climatic data are entered, the user needs to input the allowable maximum rut depth, depth of pavement layer, base HT PG, traffic volume in million ESALs, and traffic speed. After clicking on the “Calculate” tab, the user can access the Binder PG Selection report, which has the following attributes:

Requirements to use LTPPBind Online

Because LTPPBind Online is a Web-based tool, the user is not required to install any machine-specific software.(1,9) The user will need an Internet connection to work on the LTPP InfoPaveTM Web site and access the LTPPBind Online tool.(1,9) The user will also need to register (for free) in the InfoPaveTM Web site to keep track of extracted and downloaded information using not only the LTPPBind online tool, but also InfoPaveTM in general.(1,9)

A complete user guide is available in FHWA publication number FHWA-HRT-17-010.(2)

Contact Information

For questions about LTPPBind Online, contact LTPP Customer Support Service Center at ltppinfo@dot.gov or submit questions using the customer support feature under the help tab of the menu bar of LTPP InfoPave™.(9)


  1. FHWA. (2016). Long-Term Pavement Performance Bind Online Tool, Federal Highway Administration, Washington, DC, obtained from: https://infopave.fhwa.dot.gov/Tools/LTPPBindOnline, last accessed December 15, 2016.

  2. iENGINEERING. (2016). LTPPBind Online, Report No. FHWA-HRT-17-010, Federal Highway Administration, Washington, DC.

  3. Kennedy, T.W., Huber, G.A., Harrigan, E.T., Cominsky, R.J., Hughes, C.S., Von Quintus, H.L., and Moulthrop, J.S. (1994). Superior Performing Asphalt Pavements (Superpave): The Product of the SHRP Asphalt Research Program,SHRP-A-410, Strategic Highway Research Program, National Research Council, Washington, DC.

  4. FHWA. (2005). LTPPBIND, Version 3.1 Beta, Federal Highway Administration, Washington, DC.

  5. AASHTO. (2014). Standard Specification for Performance-Graded Asphalt Binder Using Multiple Stress Creep Recovery (MSCR) Test, AASHTO Designation M 332-14, American Association of State and Highway Transportation Officials, Washington, DC.

  6. AASHTO. (2014). Standard Specification for Performance-Graded Asphalt Binder, AASHTO Designation M 320-10, American Association of State and Highway Transportation Officials, Washington, DC.

  7. NASA. (2015). MERRA: Modern-Era Retrospective Analysis for Research and Applications, Goddard Space Flight Center, Global Modeling and Assimilation Office, Greenbelt, MD, obtained from: http://gmao.gsfc.nasa.gov/merra/, last accessed March 9, 2015.

  8. FHWA. (2016). LTPP Climate Tool, Federal Highway Administration, Washington, DC, obtained from: https://infopave.fhwa.dot.gov/Data/ClimateTool, last accessed December 15, 2016.

  9. FHWA. (2016). LTPP Infopave™, Federal Highway Administration, Washington, DC, obtained from: https://infopave.fhwa.dot.gov/, last accessed December 2016.

Additional Information

For additional information contact Larry Wiser, Office of Infrastructure R&D, 6300 Georgetown Pike, McLean, VA 22101-2296, (202) 493-3079.

Researchers―This study was performed by iENGINEERING Corporation.

Distribution―This Product Brief is being distributed according to a standard distribution. Direct distribution is being made to the FHWA Divisions and Resource Center.

Availability―The LTPPBind Online can be accessed via the InfoPaveTM Web site located at https://infopave.fhwa.dot.gov under the “Tools” tab.

Key Words―LTPPBind, asphalt binder, pavement performance, climate data, pavement design.

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