Evaluation of short-term aging protocol for asphalt mixtures
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Asphalt mixtures are subjected to short-term aging during the production, placement, and compaction processes. Proper evaluation of asphalt pavement performance relies on the accurate characterization of asphalt mixtures during the design stage. In this study, three different loose asphalt mixtures often used in Qatar were evaluated to develop a laboratory short-term aging procedure. Sample mixtures 1 and 3 were collected from a construction site, while mixture 2 was obtained from an asphalt plant. Virgin aggregates and binders were also collected to reproduce the mixtures in the laboratory. Laboratory-produced mixtures were conditioned at 135 °C using various time durations. The mechanical properties of laboratory-produced mixtures were compared to those of mixtures produced on site. The results of the mechanical and binder testing demonstrated that the proper short-term aging protocol for asphalt mixtures often used in road construction in the State of Qatar would involve heating asphalt mixtures for 4 h at 135 °C before laboratory compaction.
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