Effect of filler on the aging potential of asphalt mixtures
PublisherNational Academy of Sciences
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In this work the effect filler has on the aging of bitumen is analyzed, but incorporating the filler in volume and not in weight. The UCL method is used as the process of accelerated aging and new direct tensile test is used to determine the toughness of the aged mixture and, thus, to assess the effect the filler has. All the tests performed for this paper have shown the protective effect of the fillers used. The new direct tensile test developed by the Road Research Laboratory of the Technical University of Catalonia, allows to observe how an increase of filler produces the increase of the breaking load and the decrease of the maximum deformation, observing that the hydrated lime tends to stiffen the mixture less and make it less brittle than calcium carbonate. In order to minimize the effect of aging on bitumen, the filler content proposed must be 20 or 30% less than the content recommended in conditions when there is no aging, so that when the mixture ages the mastic is able to build up the maximum energy possible.
CitationMiró, R. [et al.] Effect of filler on the aging potential of asphalt mixtures. Transportation Research Record, 2005, no. 1901, p. 10.