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2010
Behnia B, Ahmed S, Dave EV, Buttlar WG. Fracture characterization of asphalt mixtures with reclaimed asphalt pavement. International Journal of Pavement Research and Technology. 2010;3 (2) :72 - 78.Abstract
The use of recycled asphalt pavement (RAP) in hot-mix asphalt leads to significant environmental and economical benefits. The major benefits are realized through reduced demand for new or virgin aggregates and asphalt binders. A limited amount of research has been performed to investigate the effects of RAP on the low temperature fracture characteristics of asphalt mixtures. However, this is an important subject, since the inclusion of RAP in Hot-Mix Asphalt (HMA) has the potential to increase mixture stiffness and brittleness unless properly compensated for. Most design procedures for mixtures consisting of RAP recommend an asphalt binder grade adjustment to compensate for the aged binder through the use of a softer virgin binder. This study evaluates the validity of this grade adjustment procedure in the context of four RAP materials using mixture fracture testing. The RAP materials used in this study were chosen from a larger database of materials to represent a wide variety of binder aging levels. Various fracture tests for asphalt concrete were identified through literature review. The disk-shaped compact tension (DC(T)) test, as standardized in ASTM D7313-07b, was used in this study to characterize mixture fracture energy. DC(T) fracture tests were conducted on various asphalt mixtures, namely: a control mixture with no RAP, manufactured with PG 64-22 asphalt binder; four mixtures containing 30% RAP from different sources, with an adjusted virgin binder grade of PG 58-28, and; a reference mixture containing no RAP, manufactured using PG 58-28 binder. The test results indicate significant reduction in the fracture energy of asphalt mixtures with 30% RAP and no virgin binder grade compensation. The reduction in fracture energy was surprisingly consistent between the four RAP sources irrespective of the significantly different RAP binder stiffnesses that were determined to be present in these mixtures through binder recovery and testing. However, when the RAP mixtures were produced using a softer virgin binder (PG 58-28), the measured fracture energy was higher than the control mixture. The study provides some assurance that adequate cracking resistance can be maintained in mixtures containing 30% RAP when designed properly, and demonstrates how fracture testing with ASTM D7313-07b can be used in the design and control of RAP mixtures, particularly where cracking is of concern. © Chinese Society of Pavement Engineering.
Ahmed S, Dave EV, Behnia B, Buttlar WG, Exline M. Fracture characterization of gap-graded asphalt mixtures and thin bonded wearing courses. International Journal of Pavement Research and Technology. 2010;3 (3) :128 - 134.Abstract
Thin bonded wearing courses (TBWC) provide an efficient treatment option for deteriorated rigid and flexible pavement systems. As a surfacing layer placed over existing, deteriorated pavement, the overlay system should be designed to resist various forms of cracking, including: thermal, block, reflective, and top-down. Recent developments in fracture testing and numerical simulation techniques have provided stronger links between material fracture properties and field cracking performances of asphalt pavements. However, little work has been directed towards applying these tools to thin bonded wearing courses and overlay systems. This paper describes fracture characterization of TBWC through testing of cored field samples and laboratory prepared specimens. The fracture characterization was performed using the ASTM D7313-07b test protocol, which is currently one of the most widely utilized test specifications for low temperature fracture energy measurement of asphalt concrete. Laboratory samples were prepared to evaluate the effects of the tack-coat application rate, compaction effort (air void level), and overlay thickness on the fracture properties of the gap-graded asphalt concrete mixes and TBWC. The fracture energy results for field cores are compared with laboratory compacted specimens of plant produced hot-mix asphalt mixture, which was sampled during construction. Moreover comparisons of fracture toughness are made between typical dense-graded asphalt mixtures, laboratory compacted gap-graded mixture, and TBWC samples. The results indicate a higher fracture resistance of the gap-graded TBWC when compared to the typical wearing course mixtures. This is a significant finding since the greater air void levels of gap-graded mixtures are typically associated with lower fracture toughness. More work is needed to further explore the fracture behavior in TBWC, especially to study the effects of crack propagation orientation. The fracture characterization results and the testing techniques presented herein provide a laboratory analysis tool for design, control, and characterization of TBWC. © Chinese Society of Pavement Engineering.
Ahmed S, Dave EV, Buttlar WG, Exline MK. Fracture properties of gap dense graded thin bonded overlays, in Asphalt Paving Technology: Association of Asphalt Paving Technologists-Proceedings of the Technical Sessions. Vol 79. Sacramento, CA, United states ; 2010 :443 - 466.Abstract
When a pavement surface becomes heavily deteriorated, the pavement designer can choose from a number of maintenance and rehabilitation alternatives spanning from thin surface-type treatments to more substantial surface renewal programs involving milling an d the placement of a hot-mix asphalt overlay. In the past, thin surface treatments were generally limited to lower volume roads, as ride quality and the existence of loose aggregate prevented its use on higher volume, higher speed facilities. However, th is is no longer the case with the advent of bonded overlay systems, where a spray paver application system enables heavier tack coat application rates to be used in conjunction with aggregates already coated with asphalt. Thin bonded overlay systems, or TBOs, appear to have performance benefits over traditional surface treatments and overlay systems. However, the assessment and, moreover, the quantification of the crack resistance of these thin pavement surface renewal systems presents a significant scientific challenge. The development of such a system is the focus of this paper. Nineteen pavement sections representing five pavement projects, various tack coat application rates and types, asphalt concrete gradations (dense and gap), construction techniques (conventional and spray paver) are evaluated in this study. Core samples from each of the pavement projects were procured and fracture characterization tests were performed using the disk-shaped compact tension fracture test (ASTM D7313-07b) and/or a variation of the test. The test variation, termed the compact tension test, or C(T), is a specifically tailored version of the DC(T) test designed for testing TBOs. The laboratory fracture results obtained from both of these tests demonstrate significantly higher fracture resistance characteristics for gap-graded TBOs as compared to conventionally placed asphalt overlays. This appears to be due to the significant upwards wicking of the heavy tack coat material into the gap graded mix. The dense graded TBOs, which are a relatively new concept, showed fracture energies that were slightly higher than conventionally placed overlays but significantly lower than the gap graded TBOs, probably as a result of the lower amount of upwards wicking of the tack c oat binder as compared to the gap graded system. In order to further explore the cracking resistance of TBOs, a series of numerical simulations were performed to evaluate the relative thermal cracking potential of dense and gap graded TBOs as compared to conventional HMA overlays. The simulation results further reinforce the finding obtained from laboratory fracture testing.
2009
Dave EV. Asphalt pavement aging and temperature dependent properties using functionally graded viscoelastic model. ProQuest Dissertations and Theses Global. 2009.Abstract
Asphalt concrete pavements are inherently graded viscoelastic structures. Oxidative aging of asphalt binder and temperature cycling due to climatic conditions being the major cause of non-homogeneity. Current pavement analysis and simulation procedures dwell on the use of layered approach to account for these non-homogeneities. The conventional finite-element modeling (FEM) technique discretizes the problem domain into smaller elements, each with a unique constitutive property. However the assignment of unique material property description to an element in the FEM approach makes it an unattractive choice for simulation of problems with material non-homogeneities. Specialized elements such as "graded elements" allow for non-homogenous material property definitions within an element. This dissertation describes the development of graded viscoelastic finite element analysis method and its application for analysis of asphalt concrete pavements. Results show that the present research improves efficiency and accuracy of simulations for asphalt pavement systems. Some of the practical implications of this work include the new technique's capability for accurate analysis and design of asphalt pavements and overlay systems and for the determination of pavement performance with varying climatic conditions and amount of in-service age. Other application areas include simulation of functionally graded fiber-reinforced concrete, geotechnical materials, metal and metal composites at high temperatures, polymers, and several other naturally existing and engineered materials. ProQuest Subject Headings: Civil engineering, Materials science. © Citation reproduced with permission of ProQuest LLC.
2008
Dave EV, Buttlar WG, Paulino GH, Hilton HH, Paulino GH, Pindera M-J, Dodds RH, Rochinha FA, Dave E, Chen L. Graded Viscoelastic Approach for Modeling Asphalt Concrete Pavements, in AIP Conference Proceedings. AIP ; 2008. Publisher's Version
Apeagyei AK, Dave EV, Buttlar WG. Effect of cooling rate on thermal cracking of asphalt concrete pavements, in Asphalt Paving Technology: Association of Asphalt Paving Technologists-Proceedings of the Technical Sessions. Vol 77. Philadelphia, PA, United states ; 2008 :709 - 738.Abstract
Asphalt concrete material selection procedures rely mainly on specifying low temperature binder properties as criteria for thermal cracking prevention. However, the effects of cooling rate are not rigorously considered in these methods. This study examines the effects of cooling rate on accumulation of thermal stresses in asphalt pavements. Enhanced integrated climatic model (EICM) simulations have indicated that the lowest pavement temperature and highest cooling rate events do not usually occur simultaneously. In more severe climates, such as the Midwest USA, there are frequent occurrences of high cooling rate events in the range of 1 to 3°C/hour. Using fundamental viscoelasticity formulations and Boltzmann's superposition principle thermally induced stresses can be estimated with relative ease. This formulation utilizes low temperature viscoelastic properties such as creep compliance or relaxation modulus as an input and can be readily used as a tool to identify materials with high susceptibility to thermal cracking as a result of severe cooling rate. To verify the dependence of asphalt concrete's thermal cracking performance on cooling rates; five mixtures from the SHRP General Pavement Study (GPS) sections were studied. Thermally induced stresses at different cooling rates were computed for a pavement section by means of viscoelastic finite-element simulations. In addition, thermal cracking predictions were made using TCMODEL, which is the thermal cracking software used in the AASHTO Mechanistic Empirical Pavement Design Guide. For different cooling rates, the amount of induced thermal stresses was found to vary significantly for asphalt concrete mixtures produced with same Superpave PG binder grades. Mixtures having high stress accumulations according to the analytical solution were found to perform poorly in the field and were predicted to have poor performance in the finite-element and TCMODEL simulations. The results of this study indicate that when evaluating low temperature cracking performance, both cooling rate and lowest pavement temperature may need to be considered.
2007
Dave EV, Braham AF, Buttlar WG, Paulino GH. Development of a flattened indirect tension test for asphalt concrete, in Proceedings of the SEM Annual Conference and Exposition on Experimental and Applied Mechanics 2007. Vol 2. Springfield, MA, United states ; 2007 :1088 - 1097.Abstract
The Indirect Tension Test (IDT) is frequently used in civil engineering because of its benefits over direct tension testing. During the Strategic Highway Research Program (SHRP), in the mid-1990's, an IDT protocol was developed for evaluating tensile strength of Hot Mix Asphalt (HMA) mixtures. However, with the increased use of finer aggregate gradations and polymer modified asphalt binders in HMA mixtures, the IDT results can be misleading because of crushing failure under the narrow loading heads. For such mixtures the 150-mm diameter, 50-mm thick, cylindrical specimens tends to fail in crushing beneath the loading heads versus the desired indirect tension at the center of the specimen. Therefore, a new specimen configuration is proposed for strength testing of HMA. In place of the loading heads at the top and bottom, the specimen is trimmed to produce flat planes with parallel faces, creating a "flattened-IDT." A viscoelastic finite element analysis of the flattened configuration was performed to evaluate the optimal trimming width. In addition, the numerically determined geometry was verified by means of laboratory testing of 3 different HMA mixtures. This integrated modeling and testing study shows that for the HMA mixtures with fine aggregate gradations and compliant asphalt binders used in this study, the flattened IDT eliminates the severe crushing observed in the regular IDT. It is recommended that further testing and analysis be performed on the flattened IDT arrangement, leading to a revision of the current AASHTO standard for IDT testing as asphalt mixtures.
2005
Buttlar WG, Dave EV, Masad E, Huang B, Rowe G, Page G, Dunning M, D'Angelo J. A micromechanics-based approach for determining presence and amount of recycled asphalt pavement material in asphalt concrete, in Asphalt Paving Technology: Association of Asphalt Paving Technologists-Proceedings of the Technical Sessions. Vol 74. Long Beach, CA, United states ; 2005 :829 - 883.Abstract
The economical use of pavement milling in recent years has resulted in the availability of significant amounts of recycled asphalt pavement (RAP). The use of RAP in new asphalt concrete mixtures can result in cost savings for both aggregate and asphalt binder. When properly utilized in mix design and production, lower costs can be realized without a sacrifice in the serviceability of the pavement. However, cost savings may not be realized by the owner and there may be a loss in serviceability of the pavement when unauthorized use occurs. This study was conducted to modify and/or develop a test to determine the presence and amount of RAP in post-production mixtures as a practical quality assurance tool. A testing and analysis procedure was developed to identify the presence and amount of RAP in asphalt mixtures. The development of the procedure was carried out by testing of laboratory as well as plant mixtures with known RAP amounts. To validate the most promising method two sets of blind samples were evaluated. An extensive testing of RAP materials from various sources was also carried out to determine the effect of RAP variability on newly developed procedures. From a literature review it was identified that asphalt binder properties change most dramatically with aging and therefore a procedure based on testing of asphalt binders was developed. An extensive procedure coupled with an analysis technique based on micromechanics was developed for determining amount of RAP in the asphalt concrete.

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