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Stripping and delamination have been deemed as some of the major premature pavement distresses to most state Departments of Transportations (DOTs) and highway agencies including the Arkansas Department of Transportation (ARDOT). It is believed that the poor compatibility between asphalt binders and aggregates is one of the major reasons behind this. This study aims to analyze the compatibility of selected asphalt binders and aggregates used in Arkansas. Asphalt binders used in this study include PG 64-22, PG 70-22, and PG 76-22; each prepared from two different crude courses. Additionally, four different types of aggregates (sandstone, limestone, gravel, and dolomite) from four different quarries in Arkansas were evaluated in the laboratory. Selected physical and mechanical properties of the aggregates, rheological properties of the asphalt binders, surface free energy (SFE) measurements of the binders and aggregates, atomic force microscopy (AFM) analyses of binders, and limited laboratory and field performance of asphalt mixture samples were evaluated to determine the compatibility between the asphalt binders and aggregates. The findings of this study are expected to help pavement researchers and highway professionals to find suitable asphalt binder-aggregate combinations for constructing the durable pavements.


Tran-SET Project: 19BASU02