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Effect of Crumb Rubber Modifiers (CRM) on Characteristics of Asphalt Binders in Sudan
International Journal of Materials Science and Applications
Volume 6, Issue 2-1, April 2017, Pages: 1-6
Received: Jan. 6, 2017; Accepted: Jan. 20, 2017; Published: Feb. 14, 2017
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Magdi Mohamed Eltayeb Zumrawi, Department of Civil Engineering, University of Khartoum, Khartoum, Sudan
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The use of Crumb Rubber Modifiers (CRM) in flexible pavements to improve characteristics of asphalt binders has become a technique of great potential in recent years. In this regard an experimental program was undertaken to study the influence of CRM on the physical properties of asphalt binder. Asphalt cement modified with varying percentages of CRM, 0, 5, 10, 15, 20, and 30 percent were studied. Penetration, ductility, viscosity, softening point, flash and fire points, and specific gravity tests were performed on base and modified asphalts. The tests results show that addition of CRM to base asphalt has significant influence on its properties. Comparing the tests results, the viscosity, softening point, flash and fire points of the modified asphalts increased significantly, coupled with reduction in penetration and ductility as the CRM content increased. Addition of 15% CRM resulted in 200% and 15% increment in viscosity and softening point of base asphalt respectively, while the reduction in ductility and penetration were almost 75% and 25% respectively. It could be concluded that modification of asphalt binders by crumb rubber is successful and more beneficial technique.
Base Asphalt, CRM, Modified Asphalt, Properties
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Magdi Mohamed Eltayeb Zumrawi, Effect of Crumb Rubber Modifiers (CRM) on Characteristics of Asphalt Binders in Sudan, International Journal of Materials Science and Applications. Special Issue: 2D Materials and Van Der Waals Heterostructures. Vol. 6, No. 2-1, 2017, pp. 1-6. doi: 10.11648/j.ijmsa.s.2017060201.11
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