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Asphalt Cement (Binder) Test Procedures

The ATMC Materials Lab conducts numerous asphalt cement (binder) testing procedures. Click on a test designation to see a description of that test

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ASPHALT CEMENT (BINDER) TEST PROCEDURES
TEST DESIGNATION TEST TITLE
AASHTO R 28 Accelerated Aging of Asphalt Binder Using a Pressurized Ageing Vessel (PAV)
AASHTO T 240 Effect of Heat and Air on Moving Film of Asphalt (Rolling Thin-Film Oven Test)
AASHTO T 314 Determining the Fracture Properties of Asphalt Binder in Direct Tension (DT)
AASHTO T 315 Determining the Rheological Properties of Asphalt Binder Using a Dynamic Shear Rheometer (DSR)
AASHTO T 316 Viscosity Determination of Asphalt Binder Using Rotational Viscometer
NOTE: All methods according to the AASHTO Standard Specifications for Transportation Materials and Methods of Sampling and Testing

Binder Test Descriptions

AASHTO R 28-02
Accelerated Aging of Asphalt Binder Using a Pressurized Ageing Vessel (PAV)
This specification outlines the procedure to age (oxidize) an asphalt binder by means of pressurized air and elevated temperature. The residue from AASHTO T 240 is used for this procedure. This residue is aged for 20 hours in the pressure vessel with an air pressure of 2.10 MPa.


AASHTO T 240-03
Effect of Heat and Air on Moving Film of Asphalt (Rolling Thin-Film Oven Test)
This test is used to measure the effect of heat and air on a moving film of asphalt binder. The binder is heated in the RTFO for 85 minutes at 163°C and the physical changes in the binder are measured and compared to the original values.


AASHTO T 314-02
Determining the Fracture Properties of Asphalt Binder in Direct Tension (DT)
This test method covers the determination of the failure strain and failure stress of asphalt binders by means of a direct tension test. It can be used with unaged or aged material using T-240 (RTFO), R 28 (PAV). The test apparatus is designed for testing within the temperature range from +6 to -36°C.


AASHTO T 315-04
Determining the Rheological Properties of Asphalt Binder Using a Dynamic Shear Rheometer (DSR)
This test method covers the determination of the dynamic shear modulus and phase angle of asphalt binder when tested in dynamic shear.


AASHTO T 316-02
Viscosity Determination of Asphalt Binder Using Rotational Viscometer
This test method outlines the procedure for measuring the viscosity of asphalt binders at elevated temperature from 60 to over 200°C using a Rotational Viscometer apparatus as specified by M 320 and R 29.




 Last Updated On: 11/16/06

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