A new research demonstrates how reactive ethylene terpolymer (RET) modification enhances bitumen properties, improving high-temperature performance and fatigue resistance in porous asphalt, offering significant insights into road material advancements.

Holleran,E. Masad,D. J. Wilson, J. Malmstrom,G. Holleran, E. Alrashydah

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The specific objective of this study was to investigate the effect of reactive ethylene terpolymer (RET) modification on bitumen properties at the nano and macro scales, as well as on porous asphalt (PA) mix properties. Measurements using the dynamic shear rheometer (DSR) and the bending beam rheometer (BBR) showed that RET modification of bitumen significantly improved the high-temperature properties, while intermediate- and low-temperature properties were similar to the base bitumen. The linear amplitude sweep (LAS) test conducted using the DSR showed that RET modification improved fatigue resistance. Consequently, chemical analysis and PeakForce Quantitative Nano-Mechanical (PF-QNM) atomic force microscopy (AFM) imaging were used to evaluate the microstructure and nanomechanical properties of the polymer modified bitumen (PMB) and the base bitumen before and after long-term ageing. The chemical analysis provided useful insights that complemented and helped to explain the AFM and rheology tests. The AFM results supported the LAS test findings in showing that RET modification improved the resistance of aged bitumens to cracking. The results of testing the PA mix showed significant improvements in moisture damage and ravelling resistance due to RET modification.

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