ASTM D8044 - 16

    Standard Test Method for Evaluation of Asphalt Mixture Cracking Resistance using the Semi-Circular Bend Test (SCB) at Intermediate Temperatures

    Active Standard ASTM D8044 | Developed by Subcommittee: D04.26

    Book of Standards Volume: 04.03


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    Significance and Use

    5.1 The critical strain energy release rate, Jc, is used to compare the cracking resistance of asphalt mixtures prepared with different binder and aggregate types prepared to meet the volumetric requirements of differing traffic levels tested at intermediate temperatures.

    5.2 This engineering property is a performance indicator of intermediate temperature cracking.

    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 D3666 are generally considered capable of competent and objective testing/sampling/inspection/etc. Users of this standard are cautioned that compliance with Specification D3666 alone does not completely assure reliable results. Reliable results depend on many factors; following the suggestions of Specification D3666 or some similar acceptable guideline provides a means of evaluating and controlling some of those factors.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This test method covers the procedures for preparation, testing, and measurement of asphalt mixture cracking resistance at Long Term Pavement Performance (LTPP) database intermediate temperatures using semi-circular bend (SCB) geometry laboratory prepared or pavement core asphalt mix samples tested monotonically. The SCB sample is a half-disk with a notch cut parallel to the loading and vertical axis. The test method describes the determination of the critical strain energy release rate, Jc, and other parameters determined from the load-displacement curve. These parameters can be used to rank the resistance of asphalt mixtures to cracking.

    1.2 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.

    1.3 The values stated in SI units are to be regarded as standard. No other units of measurement are included in this standard.

    1.4 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

    D979/D979M Practice for Sampling Bituminous Paving Mixtures

    D2041/D2041M Test Method for Theoretical Maximum Specific Gravity and Density of Bituminous Paving Mixtures

    D2726/D2726M Test Method for Bulk Specific Gravity and Density of Non-Absorptive Compacted Bituminous Mixtures

    D3203/D3203M Test Method for Percent Air Voids in Compacted Asphalt Mixtures

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

    D5361/D5361M Practice for Sampling Compacted Asphalt Mixtures for Laboratory Testing

    D6373 Specification for Performance Graded Asphalt Binder

    D6857/D6857M Test Method for Maximum Specific Gravity and Density of Bituminous Paving Mixtures Using Automatic Vacuum Sealing Method

    D6925 Test Method for Preparation and Determination of the Relative Density of Asphalt Mix Specimens by Means of the Superpave Gyratory Compactor

    E4 Practices for Force Verification of Testing Machines

    E29 Practice for Using Significant Digits in Test Data to Determine Conformance with Specifications

    E178 Practice for Dealing With Outlying Observations

    E399 Test Method for Linear-Elastic Plane-Strain Fracture Toughness KIc of Metallic Materials

    E2309/E2309M Practices for Verification of Displacement Measuring Systems and Devices Used in Material Testing Machines

    E3029 Practice for Determining Relative Spectral Correction Factors for Emission Signal of Fluorescence Spectrometers

    AASHTO Standards

    M320 Standard Specification for Performance-Graded Asphalt Binder

    R30 Practice for Mixture Conditioning of Hot Mix Asphalt (HMA)


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 93.080.20 (Road construction materials)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 30121601(Asphalt)


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    DOI: 10.1520/D8044-16

    Citation Format

    ASTM D8044-16, Standard Test Method for Evaluation of Asphalt Mixture Cracking Resistance using the Semi-Circular Bend Test (SCB) at Intermediate Temperatures, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2016, www.astm.org

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