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Significance and Use
This test method is a measure of the solubility of polymer-modified asphalt in toluene. The portion that is soluble in toluene represents the active cementing constituents. Additional tests to characterize the insoluble residue may be conducted. Such tests might include infrared spectroscopy, microscopy, ash content, and so forth.
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 Specification D 3666
1.1 This test method covers determination of the degree of solubility of asphalt binders in toluene using centrifugal separation. The method is an alternative to Test Method D 2042
1.2 The values stated in SI units are to be regarded as standard. No other units of measurement are included in this standard.
1.3 The text of this standard references notes and footnotes which provide explanatory material. These notes and footnotes (excluding those in tables and figures) shall not be considered as requirements of the standard.
1.4 A complete precision statement for this standard has not been developed at this time. Therefore, this standard should not be used for acceptance or rejection of a material for purchasing purposes.
1.5 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.
D36 Test Method for Softening Point of Bitumen (Ring-and-Ball Apparatus)
D2042 Test Method for Solubility of Asphalt Materials in Trichloroethylene
D3666 Specification for Minimum Requirements for Agencies Testing and Inspecting Road and Paving Materials
D4007 Test Method for Water and Sediment in Crude Oil by the Centrifuge Method (Laboratory Procedure)
ICS Number Code 91.100.50 (Binders. Sealing materials); 93.080.20 (Road construction materials)
UNSPSC Code 30121601(Asphalt)
ASTM D5546-09, Standard Test Method for Solubility of Asphalt Binders in Toluene by Centrifuge, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2009, www.astm.orgBack to Top