ASTM D1074 - 09

    Standard Test Method for Compressive Strength of Bituminous Mixtures

    Active Standard ASTM D1074 | Developed by Subcommittee: D04.20

    Book of Standards Volume: 04.03


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    Significance and Use

    The compressive strength of specimens prepared and tested by this test method along with density and voids properties are used for laboratory mix design of bituminous mixtures. One approach is described in ASTM STP 252.

    This test method also describes the methods for molding, curing, and testing of specimens being evaluated by Test Method D 1075.

    When used in conjunction with other mixture physical properties, the compressive strength may contribute to the overall mixture characterization and is one factor determining its suitability for use under given loading conditions and environment as a highway paving material.

    Typical values of minimum compressive strengths for design of bituminous mixtures by this test method for different traffic densities are given in Table 401-1 of the Standard Specifications for Construction of Roads and Bridges on Federal Highway Projects. Some state departments of transportation and federal agencies have specific requirements of their own based on their experience with this test method. The agencies should be consulted for their specific requirements if work is to meet their standards.

    Reheated mixtures are permissible in this test method, but the resulting compressive strengths will be higher than for newly prepared mixtures due to the change in the binder viscosity, an element of the compressive strength as measured under these loading conditions and temperature.

    Note 1—The quality of the results produced by this standard are dependent on the competence of the personnel performing the procedure and the capability, calibration, and maintenance of the equipment used. Agencies that meet the criteria of Standard Practice D 3666 are generally considered capable of competent and objective testing/sampling/inspection/etc. Users of this standard are cautioned that compliance with D 3666 alone does not completely assure reliable results. Reliable results depend on many factors; following the suggestions of D 3666 or some similar acceptable guideline provides a means of evaluating and controlling some of those factors.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This test method provides a method for measuring the compressive strength of compacted bituminous mixtures. It is for use with specimens weighed, batched, mixed, and fabricated in the laboratory, as well as for mixtures manufactured in a hot-mix plant.

    1.2 The values stated in inch-pound units are to be regarded as standard. The values given in parentheses are mathematical conversions to SI units that are provided for information only and are not considered standard.

    1.3 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.


    2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.

    ASTM Standards

    C136 Test Method for Sieve Analysis of Fine and Coarse Aggregates

    C670 Practice for Preparing Precision and Bias Statements for Test Methods for Construction Materials

    C702 Practice for Reducing Samples of Aggregate to Testing Size

    D75 Practice for Sampling Aggregates

    D140 Practice for Sampling Bituminous Materials

    D979 Practice for Sampling Bituminous Paving Mixtures

    D1075 Test Method for Effect of Water on Compressive Strength of Compacted Bituminous Mixtures

    D2041 Test Method for Theoretical Maximum Specific Gravity and Density of Bituminous Paving Mixtures

    D2726 Test Method for Bulk Specific Gravity and Density of Non-Absorptive Compacted Bituminous Mixtures

    D3203 Test Method for Percent Air Voids in Compacted Dense and Open Bituminous Paving Mixtures

    D3666 Specification for Minimum Requirements for Agencies Testing and Inspecting Road and Paving Materials

    D4753 Guide for Evaluating, Selecting, and Specifying Balances and Standard Masses for Use in Soil, Rock, and Construction Materials Testing

    E4 Practices for Force Verification of Testing Machines

    E2251 Specification for Liquid-in-Glass ASTM Thermometers with Low-Hazard Precision Liquids


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 93.080.10 (Road construction)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 30121500(Bituminous derivatives)


    Referencing This Standard

    DOI: 10.1520/D1074-09

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    Citation Format

    ASTM D1074-09, Standard Test Method for Compressive Strength of Bituminous Mixtures, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2009, www.astm.org

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