Journal Published Online: 30 April 2024
Volume 52, Issue 4

Performance Evaluation and Modification Mechanism Analysis of High-Viscosity Modified Asphalt



High-viscosity modified asphalt (HVMA) has important application potential in pavement engineering, such as porous asphalt pavements and ultrathin overlays. To comprehensively study and evaluate the overall performance of HVMA, five HVMA samples were prepared using modifier with dosages of 6 %, 9 %, 12 %, 15 %, and 18 %, respectively. The basic physical properties of HVMA were evaluated according to standard physical asphalt performance tests. The overall rheological properties of HVMA were assessed using temperature sweep tests, frequency sweep tests, and multiple stress creep recovery tests. Fluorescence microscopy was employed to analyze the microscopic characteristics and the modification mechanism of HVMA. The results show that the high-viscosity modifier could improve the overall rheological properties of HVMA at both high and low temperatures, with approximately 9 % determined as the optimal dosage. HVMA had better performance than matrix asphalt in high-temperature rutting resistance, permanent deformation resistance, temperature sensitivity, and elastic characteristics. At an appropriate dosage of the high-viscosity modifier, the modifier absorbed the light components in the asphalt, causing them to swell and dissolve. As a result, the modifier could be uniformly dispersed in the asphalt, thereby significantly improving the high-temperature stability of HVMA. The results of this paper may be helpful to the mechanism research and application of HVMA.

Author Information

Zhang, Rui
The Key Laboratory of Road and Traffic Engineering, Ministry of Education, Tongji University, Shanghai, China
Zhang, Yubin
Anhui Provincial Transportation Planning and Design Research Institute Co., Ltd, Hefei, Anhui, China
Yang, Qun
The Key Laboratory of Road and Traffic Engineering, Ministry of Education, Tongji University, Shanghai, China
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ISSN: 0090-3973
DOI: 10.1520/JTE20230654