A Calibrated and Validated National Performance-Related Specification for Emulsified Asphalt Binder

The demand for asphalt emulsions has increased due to the widespread adoption of surface treatments for pavement preservation. Highway agencies and industry are moving toward the development and implementation of performance specifications for chip seal emulsions and other emulsion-based asphalt surface treatments. The key challenge in the development of these specifications is the identification of appropriate material performance properties, test methods, and acceptance criteria that reliably predict the long-term performance of surface treatments or their potential for failure. Research is needed to develop a national performance-related material specification for emulsified asphalt binder similar to the Superpave asphalt binder specification for use by state departments of transportation (DOTs) and local agencies. The objective of this research is to develop a national performance-related material specification for emulsified asphalt binder for use with chip seals and microsurfacing/slurry seals that (a) is similar in concept and format to AASHTO Standard Specifications M 320, Performance-Graded Asphalt Binder, and M 332, Performance-Graded Asphalt Binder Using Multiple Stress Creep Recovery (MSCR) Test; (b) is calibrated and validated with performance data from field test sections; (c) uses readily available testing equipment (i.e., Superpave test equipment); and (d) reflects varying climatic and traffic conditions.


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  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $1000000
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 09-63

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    National Cooperative Highway Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20001

    Federal Highway Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590

    American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO)

    444 North Capitol Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20001
  • Project Managers:

    Barcena, Roberto

  • Performing Organizations:

    Asphalt Institute

    Lexington, KY  United States 
  • Principal Investigators:

    Anderson, R

  • Start Date: 20190501
  • Expected Completion Date: 20270320
  • Actual Completion Date: 0

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01672242
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 09-63
  • Files: TRB, RIP
  • Created Date: Jun 18 2018 7:45PM