Effect of Superpave Short-Term Aging on Binder and Asphalt Mixture Rheology
This study aimed to evaluate the effect of Superpave short term aging period length and type of additive used in modifying the asphalt binder on the creep behavior of asphalt binder and asphalt mix. Hot-mix asphalt (HMA) specimens were prepared at optimum asphalt content using unmodified asphalt, or asphalt with 4% by weight of SBS or PE. The Universal Testing Machine was used to conduct dynamic creep tests. Tests results indicated that the effect of extending the aging period on creep deformation is highly dependent on type of additive used in preparing the asphalt mix. Extending the aging period more than three hours caused insignificant effect of creep behavior of control asphalt mixes. On the other hand, extending the aging period more than one hour caused insignificant effect of creep behavior of asphalt mixes prepared using SBS additive. While for mixes prepared using PE, the creep deformation continues to decrease as aging period increase.