SYMPOSIA PAPER Published: 01 January 1992

SBS-Modified Asphalts for Surface Dressing — A Comparison Between Hot-Applied and Emulsified Binders


Styrene-butadiene-styrene addition improves the properties of asphalt in surface dressing: the thermal susceptibility is reduced and the binder cohesion increased, hence better resistance to bleeding and to aggregate dislodgement. The characteristics of hot-applied and emulsified SBS-modified binders are compared through series of laboratory tests: rheological properties, cohesion, tensile strength, toughness and tenacity. Application problems and field performance are globally examined. Hot-applied SBS-modified binders encounter viscosity and adhesion problems. They require a high amount of diluent, that may soften the support and cause aggregate embedment. Their SBS-content must be limited. Emulsified SBS-modified asphalts show excellent adhesion to all types of aggregate. They require very small amounts of diluent. High SBS contents can be employed. Their main drawback is slow setting time.

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Serfass, J-P
Joly, A
Samanos, J
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Developed by Committee: D04
Pages: 281–308
DOI: 10.1520/STP17839S
ISBN-EB: 978-0-8031-5180-2
ISBN-13: 978-0-8031-1413-5