Analysis of the Real Performance of Crumb-Rubber-Modified Asphalt Mixtures
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AuthorSierra Carrillo de Albornoz, Francisco Javier; Moreno Navarro, Fernando Manuel; Rubio Gámez, María Del Carmen
AsphaltCrumb rubberCrackingStiffnessField performance
Sierra-Carrillo de Albornoz, F.J.; Moreno-Navarro, F.; Rubio-Gámez, M.d.C. Analysis of the Real Performance of Crumb-Rubber-Modified Asphalt Mixtures. Materials 2022, 15, 8366. [https://doi.org/10.3390/ma15238366]
The main goal of this study is to evaluate the field performance of crumb-rubber-modified asphalt mixtures used as a surface layer on high-volume traffic roads. For this purpose, several road sections were constructed under different climate conditions and using control mixtures (manufactured with traditional SBS polymer-modified binders) and crumb-rubber-modified mixtures. After the construction of the different road sections, cores were taken at different periods of their service life (up to 63 months) and they were tested in the laboratory in order to assess the evolution of the density, stiffness and fatigue resistance of the layers. Based on the results obtained from tests, it can be concluded that under real severe traffic and climate conditions, asphalt mixtures manufactured with crumb-rubber-modified bitumen offer ageing and mechanical performance very similar to that offered by asphalt mixtures manufactured with traditional SBS-modified bitumen. Based on these considerations, this application can be an interesting solution to minimize environmental problems caused by end-of-life tires in landfills.