Standard Historical Last Updated: Apr 11, 2017
ASTM D2172/D2172M-11

Standard Test Methods for Quantitative Extraction of Bitumen From Bituminous Paving Mixtures

Significance and Use

All of these test methods can be used for quantitative determinations of bitumen in hot-mixed paving mixtures and pavement samples for specification acceptance, service evaluation, control, and research. Each method prescribes the solvent or solvents and any other reagents that can be used in the test method. Test Method D1856 requires that Method A be used when asphalt is recovered from solution.

Note 2—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 are generally considered capable of competent and objective testing/sampling/inspection/etc. Users of this standard are cautioned that compliance with Practice alone does not completely assure reliable results. Reliable results depend on many factors; following the suggestions of Practice or some similar acceptable guideline provides a means of evaluating and controlling some of those factors.


1.1 These test methods cover the quantitative determination of bitumen in hot-mixed paving mixtures and pavement samples. Aggregate extracted from a paving mixture may be used for sieve analysis using Test Method D5444.

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.

1.2.1 Measurements of volume and mass are only given in SI units because they are the only units typically used in practice when performing this test method.

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. Specific hazards are given in Section 7.

Note 1—The results obtained by these test methods may be affected by the age of the material tested, with older samples tending to yield slightly lower bitumen content. Best quantitative results are obtained when the test is made on mixtures and pavements shortly after their preparation. It is difficult to remove all the asphalt when some aggregates are used and some chlorides may remain within the mineral matter affecting the measured asphalt content.

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Book of Standards Volume: 04.03
Developed by Subcommittee: D04.25
Pages: 13
DOI: 10.1520/D2172_D2172M-11
ICS Code: 91.100.50; 93.080.20