ASTM D3791 / D3791M - 11

    Standard Practice for Evaluating the Effects of Heat on Asphalts

    Active Standard ASTM D3791 / D3791M | Developed by Subcommittee: D08.03

    Book of Standards Volume: 04.04


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    ASTM D3791 / D3791M

    Significance and Use

    When asphalts are maintained at elevated temperatures in the presence of air, their characteristics may change. Certain blown asphalts also soften when maintained near, and particularly above, their final blowing temperatures under virtually air-free conditions. This may happen if the asphalt is overheated for application purposes. This practice provides a uniform heat-treatment procedure and methods for evaluating the effect of this treatment on some of the characteristics of asphalts. Changes observed when asphalts are overheated are not indicative of changes to be expected when asphalts are heated to normal application temperatures.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This practice covers a procedure for evaluating some of the effects on asphalts of heating in the presence of little or no air.

    1.2 The values stated in either SI units or inch-pound units are to be regarded separately as standard. The values stated in each system may not be exact equivalents; therefore, each system shall be used independently of the other. Combining values from the two systems may result in non-conformance with the 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

    D5 Test Method for Penetration of Bituminous Materials

    D36 Test Method for Softening Point of Bitumen (Ring-and-Ball Apparatus)

    D140 Practice for Sampling Bituminous Materials

    D1079 Terminology Relating to Roofing and Waterproofing

    D2170 Test Method for Kinematic Viscosity of Asphalts (Bitumens)

    D2171 Test Method for Viscosity of Asphalts by Vacuum Capillary Viscometer

    D4402 Test Method for Viscosity Determination of Asphalt at Elevated Temperatures Using a Rotational Viscometer

    E1 Specification for ASTM Liquid-in-Glass Thermometers

    E145 Specification for Gravity-Convection and Forced-Ventilation Ovens

    E230 Specification and Temperature-Electromotive Force (EMF) Tables for Standardized Thermocouples

    E1137/E1137M Specification for Industrial Platinum Resistance Thermometers


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 91.100.50 (Binders. Sealing materials)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 30121601(Asphalt)


    DOI: 10.1520/D3791_D3791M-11

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