Crack-healing investigation in asphalt mixture with modified thermoplasticbitumen composite

Mohd Suzeren Md Jamil, and Wan Naqiuddin Wan Zulrushdi, and Noor Nabilah Muhamad, (2020) Crack-healing investigation in asphalt mixture with modified thermoplasticbitumen composite. Sains Malaysiana, 49 (9). pp. 2281-2291. ISSN 0126-6039


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This study aims to investigate the crack-healing of asphalt mixture by induction heating of bitumen-thermoplastic binder. This system employs a heterogeneous mixture, in which different percentages (2, 4, 6, and 8% by weigh) of thermoplastic healing agent (polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP)) dissolve with the bitumen, respectively. Healing was achieved by heating the fractured asphalt composite to a specific temperature; in which heterogeneous blend has undergone random molecule diffusion and volumetric thermal expansion of healing agent within the matrix. The thermal properties in the bitumen-thermoplastic were characterized by means of dynamic mechanical thermal analysis (DMTA); in which the glass transition temperature (Tg ) has been used as a reference for the healing process. The FTIR shows no chemical reaction between bitumen and thermoplastic. Three-point bending test was conducted to demonstrate details crack-healing capability in asphalt composite. The results show that 6% of PE and PP to the mixture of bitumenthermoplastic has the highest tensile strength. The percentage of recovery was also measured through the healing cycle process using a three-point bending test. Overall, within the third healing cycle, asphalt composite with modified bitumen (with PP or PE) shows 98-55% of healing recovery. The best percentage recovery is using bitumen-PP mixture with a ratio of 94:6. The crack-healing process was also proven through the surface and cross-section asphalt morphology analyses using optical microscopy and scanning electron microscope (SEM).

Item Type:Article
Keywords:Asphalt; Bitumen-thermoplastic; Crack healing; Healing agent
Journal:Sains Malaysiana
ID Code:15923
Deposited By: ms aida -
Deposited On:01 Dec 2020 07:12
Last Modified:07 Dec 2020 17:11

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