This study evaluated the impact of aging on High Polymer Modified Asphalt (HPMA) mixtures containing a softening agent (SA). The aging susceptibility was evaluated in terms of rutting, cracking, and durability. Four asphalt mixtures were prepared, one with PG 52–34 binder as control, and three others using modified PG 52–34 with varying dosages of Styrene Butadiene Styrene (SBS) and corn oil (SA). The tests performed to evaluate the impact of aging (short, long, extended long term) were the Dynamic Complex Modulus, Hamburg Wheel Tracking, Flow Number, Indirect Tension and semi-Circular Bend tests. Based on these testing results, SBS and SA increased the durability and rutting resistance of asphalt mixtures. Modified asphalt mixtures also showed better cracking resistance than the control mix (i.e. lowering of crack propagation). However, with aging, fatigue cracking performance diminished while remaining comparable to the control mix. A balanced dosage of SBS (7.5%) and SA (7%) led to the best improvement in durability, rutting, and short-term cracking performance.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Civil and Structural Engineering
- Building and Construction
- Materials Science(all)