Optimizing Asphalt Mixture Performance Testing for Balanced Mix Design

Many state highway agencies (SHAs) are currently exploring balanced mix design (BMD) systems for modern, sustainable asphalt mixtures to ensure durable and resilient infrastructure. Required mixture performance evaluation in these systems can utilize monotonic loading tests which are more practical and better suited for acceptance during production and construction or repeated loading tests that better represent field conditions. While additional effort is required beyond determination of volumetrics as currently practiced, a BMD system allows for the realization of economic and environmental benefits through the increased use of recycled asphalt materials (RAM) and application of strategies to mitigate the impact of these stiff, brittle, aged materials on cracking performance without sacrificing rutting performance. As BMD implementation continues, guidance is needed to provide a framework of selected tests for mix design and acceptance, criteria/thresholds tied to field performance, and best practices to produce robust asphalt mixtures. This project will meet this need by providing recommendations for a BMD system to extend the life of transportation infrastructure based on application of tests that evaluate cracking and rutting performance, further field verification of criteria/thresholds for these tests, and comparison of high RAM mitigation strategies.


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    • Status: Active
    • Funding: $634918
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    • Sponsor Organizations:

      Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

      University Transportation Centers Program
      Department of Transportation
      Washington, DC  United States  20590
    • Managing Organizations:

      National Center for Infrastructure Transformation

      Prairie View A&M University
      Prairie View, TX  United States  77446
    • Performing Organizations:

      Texas A&M University, College Station

      Zachry Department of Civil Engineering
      3136 TAMU
      College Station, TX  United States  77843-3136

      Rutgers University, New Brunswick

      New Brunswick, NJ  United States  08901
    • Principal Investigators:

      Martin, Amy

      Bennert, Thomas

    • Start Date: 20230901
    • Expected Completion Date: 20250831
    • Actual Completion Date: 0
    • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers Program
    • Source Data: 01-14-TAMU

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01893181
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: National Center for Infrastructure Transformation
    • Contract Numbers: 69A3552344813
    • Files: UTC, RIP
    • Created Date: Sep 13 2023 1:44PM