Document Type

Article

Date of Original Version

2017

Abstract

Moisture damage and fatigue cracking are the most common defects of Sulfur Extended Asphalts (SEAs). Moisture damage in asphaltic mixtures occurs due to the weak cohesion and adhesion that causes the creation of different forms of pavement defects. Various methods have been employed in order to enhance the asphalt mixture’s resistance to the moisture damage. One of the main methods is the addition of antistriping agents (ASAs) which reinforce the bonding between asphalt binder and aggregates. In this study, a series of laboratory testing has been performed to appraise the mechanical properties and moisture sensitivity of the SEA mixtures modified with ASA. In addition, Googas as a new generation of modified-sulfur-mix additive and ASA (nanotechnology Zycotherm) were employed to make warm-mix asphalt (WMA) specimens, through modification of neat asphalt (PG 64-22). Furthermore, four types of mixtures with different additive proportions, containing ASA and sulfur, were prepared, and the moisture susceptibility, resilient modulus, rutting resistance, and fatigue behavior were measured. Obtained results, demonstrated the improvement of mechanical characteristics due to the implementation of the modified sulfur, exclusively for rutting phenomenon. Moreover, nanotechnology Zycotherm (NZ) as an ASA enhanced the adhesion between aggregates and sulfur-extended asphalt; thus, the resistance of SEAs against moisture damage and fatigue cracking improved.

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