Active Standard ASTM D7870 / D7870M | Developed by Subcommittee: D04.22
Book of Standards Volume: 04.03
Significance and Use
3.1 This practice provides an accelerated conditioning method under cyclic loading. This system is capable of operating at higher than normal temperatures and creating pore pressure within a compacted asphalt mixture to achieve an acceleration of the effects that a mixture would experience over time from traffic at normal temperatures and conditions. The accelerated conditioning in this practice is intended to simulate the stresses induced in a wet pavement by a passing vehicle tire. The pulse shape produced by this system approximates a Lorentzian function with a half peak width of approximately 1 s at 276 kPa [40 psi].
3.2 The factors that influence the potential for moisture damage to occur include aggregate mineralogy, mixture air voids, water, cyclic applied stress, and elevated temperature. This practice provides a method and apparatus that is capable of producing three of these factors: water, stress, and high temperature. Aggregate mineralogy and air voids are mixture properties.
3.3 Specimens conditioned by this system can be tested using a variety of different tests including, Test Method D6931, Test Method D6927, bulk specific gravity difference obtained by Test Methods D6926 or D6752 for before and after conditioning, dynamic modulus, flow number, AASHTO TP 79 and visual inspection for stripped aggregates.
1.1 This practice includes procedures for preparing compacted asphalt mixture specimens, exposing the specimens to hydrostatic pore pressure inside an enclosed chamber and guidance on testing the specimens for the effect of water on the tensile strength or change in other properties of the asphalt mixture, such as density, modulus, etc.
1.2 Specimens conditioned according to this practice can be tested using methods and test procedures referenced in this document and those results may provide information as to the effect of the moisture conditioning of this practice on the moisture sensitivity of those mixtures.
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 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.
ICS Number Code 75.140 (Waxes, bituminous materials and other petroleum products)