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ASTM D2489/D2489M-24

Standard Test Method for Estimating Degree of Particle Coating of Asphalt Mixtures

Standard Test Method for Estimating Degree of Particle Coating of Asphalt Mixtures D2489_D2489M-24 ASTM|D2489_D2489M-24|en-US Standard Test Method for Estimating Degree of Particle Coating of Asphalt Mixtures Standard new BOS Vol. 04.03 Committee D04
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Significance and Use

4.1 The procedure in this test method for estimating the percentage of coated particles after varying mixing times is used to establish the least mixing time required to produce satisfactory coating for a given set of conditions. This procedure can also be used to sample cold mixtures from stockpiles to determine that satisfactory coating has been retained in the stockpile.

4.2 This procedure is used with asphalt mixtures or with cold-mixed, cold-laid asphalt paving mixtures such as specified in Specification D4215.

Note 2: Even when a paving mixture complies with the “percent of coated particles” that may be specified, there is no assurance that the asphalt cement is uniformly distributed throughout the mixture.

4.3 This test method should not be used for acceptance/rejection by owner agencies.

Note 3: 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 ensure 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.


1.1 This test method provides an estimate of the degree of particle coating in an asphalt-aggregate mixture on the basis of the percentage of coarse particles classified as being completely coated.

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 nonconformance with the 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 Since a complete precision and bias statement for this standard has not been developed, the test method is to be used for research and informational purposes only. Therefore, this standard should not be used for acceptance or rejection of a material for purchasing purposes.

Note 1: This wording was originally approved by Subcommittee D04.90 on June 29, 1999 and represents a combination of the ASTM Form and Style Manual and input from Subcommittee D04.94.

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, health, and environmental practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.

1.6 This international standard was developed in accordance with internationally recognized principles on standardization established in the Decision on Principles for the Development of International Standards, Guides and Recommendations issued by the World Trade Organization Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) Committee.

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Book of Standards Volume: 04.03
Developed by Subcommittee: D04.23
Pages: 3
DOI: 10.1520/D2489_D2489M-24
ICS Code: 91.100.50; 93.080.20