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ASTM WK23038

Revision of D3381-05 Standard Specification for Viscosity-Graded Asphalt Cement for Use in Pavement Construction


Various regions in the world that use ASTM D3381 Standard Specification for Viscosity Graded Cement have difficulty meeting Table 2 specifications. For example asphalts manufactured with South American crudes tend to have difficulty meeting the TFO (Thin Film Oven) aged ductility minimum requirement. These types of asphalts are better suited to meet AC-30 Table 1 specifications from the perspective of production capability and pavement quality. The addition of the type viscosity grade AC-30 would fill in an obvious gap in Table 1 without changing its intent. Data supporting the need for AC-30 in the Table 1 specification are summarized in the Table below and graphically represented in Figure 1. TFO residue ductility versus viscosity at 60C data from various South American crude sources were chosen to represent this need as ductility appears to be the most significant limiting parameter with respect to ASTM D 3381 Table 2.


Developed by Subcommittee: D04.40

Committee: D04

Staff Manager: Ashley Wiand

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Date Initiated: 02-16-2009

Technical Contact: Robert Kluttz

Item: 028

Ballot: D04 (09-01)

Status: Ballot Item Approved

Item: 006

Ballot: D04.40 (09-01)

Status: Item Going To Next Ballot Level