AASHTO Designation: M Release: Group 3 (August ). American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials North Capitol Street. Find the most up-to-date version of AASHTO M at Engineering AASHTO M Standard Specification for Performance-Graded Asphalt Binder. standard by American Association of State and Highway Transportation.

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Table 2 incorporates PP42 for determining the critical low cracking temperature using a combination of T and T test m3220. Testing at additional temperatures for T may be necessary if MPa is not bracketed at the initial two test temperatures. The mass change shall be less than 1.

Compare the failure stress from T to the calculated induced thermal stress as per PP If the creep stiffness is below MPa, the direct tension test is not required. The LAS test can be performed on the newer DSRs with a total testing time of about 12 minutes the relatively fast and easy part.

A substantial redesign was needed in each case for use as a specification device. The DT test method is not limited to specification use. To ensure that the modified binders contain polymer, a number of tests have been introduced as additions to the PG specification. The asphalt binder shall be at least The ultimate goal is to build better roads.

The development of sound ASTM standards, such as those described in this article, is the key to measuring repeatable and reproducible fundamental engineering properties at low service temperatures. The low-temperature thermal cracking in flexible pavements is a result of the combination of three distress mechanisms: According to the specification, an asphalt binder will perform adequately at a given low service temperature if its S value is less than or equal to MPa and the m-value is greater than or equal to 0.


This requirement may be waived at the discretion of the specifying agency if the supplier warrants that the asphalt binder can be adequately pumped and mixed at temperatures that meet all applicable safety standards. Instead, the stiffness and the slope from the BBR creep data at a single loading time of 60 seconds are used as surrogate rheological parameters to control pavement thermal cracking at low temperatures. The slope of log-log plot of stiffness versus time, called the m-value, is used to control the shape of the stiffness master curve of the asphalt binder at low temperature.

This article summarizes some of the latest developments in refining the PG asphalt binder system. Next, the scope and purpose of the standards are discussed followed by a description of potential users of these standards. The terminology would also be changed to move away from increasing the high temperature designation.

A classification assigns the performance grade and gives precise determinations of failure points critical temperatures. Two parameters are obtained from D BBR for use in the specification. One of the new procedures being aaahto to characterize fatigue cracking performance of asphalt binders is the Linear Amplitude Sweep LAS test.

Both neat unmodified and modified binders were tested in the development of the MSCR test. Figure 1 shows an example of thermal cracking in asphalt pavements.

The introduction of the Superpave asphalt binder system was a aaahto step forward in characterizing the behavior of asphalts. This article describes the development of three new ASTM standards used to determine low temperature properties of asphalt binders. Cracked pavements require a lot of maintenance and are therefore expensive.

Refining Superpave asphalt binder characterization

A user-friendly version of the software was written and the test protocol was further refined for specification type use. Resistance to thermal cracking is primarily provided by the asphalt binder. The principle difference between AASHTO M and MP1a is aashtp MP1a incorporates a mechanistically based criterion to define low temperature performance of asphalt binders, whereas M uses empirical parameters aashtto to performance. Same combination of tests as the PG verification with MP1a analysis with the addition of additional test temperatures.


They fall into four categories: Described below is the need for new standards followed by a brief history of their development. This practice requires data input from both D and D to determine T cr. Under the existing approach to binder selection, grade bumping is used to select stiffer or stronger binders to reduce the potential for rutting of these high stress pavements.

The m-value requirement must be satisfied in both cases. For these cases, binders with a higher temperature grade would be selected. As test methods and a calculation practice, the impact of these standards on safety and quality of highways is indirect in that they enable better characterization of material properties.

Asphalt Binder Specification Tests – Asphalt InstituteAsphalt Institute

In cold conditions, as the temperature drops, an asphalt binder contracts more than the aggregate in an asphalt pavement. An important phenomenon called physical hardening of asphalt binders during prolonged exposure to low temperatures was discovered during the refinement efforts.

Cold temperature In cold conditions, as the temperature drops, an asphalt binder contracts more than the aggregate in an asphalt pavement. Specific requirements shall be made part of the purchase m3200.