Assessment of Fatigue Life and Stiffness of Asphalt Concrete After Implementation of Additives

Assessment of Fatigue Life and Stiffness of Asphalt Concrete After Implementation of Additives

Civil Engineering Beyond Limits (CEBEL)
Volume 2 - Issue 4 - October 2021

Saad Issa Sarsam

Abstract

Modifying asphalt binder with additives can enhance the overall physical properties of asphalt concrete. In the present investigation, an attempt has been made to use 2 % of silica fumes and 4 % of fly ash class F for modification of asphalt binder in wet process. Asphalt concrete wearing course slab samples have been prepared under roller compaction. The beam specimens of 400 mm length and 50 mm height and 63 mm width were extracted from the slab samples. The beam specimens were subjected to the four-point repeated flexural bending beam test. The flexural stiffness was calculated under three constant micro strain levels of (250, 400, and 750). The fatigue life was monitored in terms the number of load repetitions to reach the required reduction in stiffness of 50 %. It was concluded that the flexural stiffness increases by (11, and 15) %, (17.7, and 63.6) %, (57.2, and 65) % when 2% of silica fumes or 4 % of fly ash are implemented and the specimen’s practices 750, 400, and 250 micro strain levels respectively. However, the fatigue life increases by (40, and 72.8) %, (115, and 220.6) %, (46, and 94.6) % when 2% of silica fumes or 4 % of fly ash are implemented and the specimen’s practices 750, 400, and 250 micro strain levels respectively. It is recommended to use modified binder with silica fumes and fly ash in asphalt concrete to enhance the fatigue life and stiffness.

Keywords

Asphalt concrete, Flexural Stiffness, Fatigue life, Fly ash, Silica fumes
https://doi.org/10.36937/cebel.2021.004.002