Study of Type 'A' Asphaltic Concrete Surface Mix Design, R-232, 1968

(1968) Study of Type 'A' Asphaltic Concrete Surface Mix Design, R-232, 1968. Transportation, Department of


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In some asphaltic concrete mixes asphalt absorption in field mixes is difficult to predict by the routine mix design tests presently being used. Latent or slow absorption in hot mixes is hard to compensate for in field control due to aggregate gradations being near maximum density. If critical asphalt need could be changed by increasing voids in the mineral aggregate so that more freedom could be exercised in compensating for the absorption, this may aid in design. The voids in the mineral aggregate can be related to composite gradation of total aggregate in a mixture, i.e. if a composite gradation of aggregate is finer than that of maximum density curve, the V.M.A. will be greater than that of a mix of maximum density. The typical gradation of Iowa Type 'A' mixes is finer than a gradation which is near the centerline of the specification at sieves larger than the No. 30 and coarser at the lower sieve sizes. The mixes of the typical gradation will have higher V.M.A. than those of the near centerline mixes. By studying properties of the mixes of the typical gradation and comparing them with those of the mixes of maximum density, it may aid in the modification and simplification of our present testing methods and specification requirements while still maintaining control of quality of the mix by controlling voids, stability, gradation and asphalt content.

Item Type: Departmental Report
Keywords: Absorption, Admixtures, Aggregate gradation, Asphalt concrete, Asphalt mixtures, Hot mix asphalt, Mineral aggregates, Void ratios
Subjects: Transportation > Pavements
Transportation > Materials
Transportation > Materials > Gravel and aggregates
Transportation > Research
Transportation > Research > Asphalt
ID Code: 17297
Deposited By: Iowa DOT Library
Deposited On: 30 Jun 2014 12:37
Last Modified: 29 Jan 2015 21:10