Use of Recycled Plastics in Asphalt Pavements

The goal of this study is to conduct a preliminary laboratorial investigation to explore the viability of using recycled plastics in asphalt in the state of Missouri. The recycled plastics will be incorporated into asphalt through wet process. Binder and mixture performance tests will be conducted to evaluate the effects of different recycled plastics on the properties/performances of asphalt binders/mixtures. The appropriate methods (e.g. special pre-treatments to recycled plastics or addition of other additives (e.g. sulfur and polyphosphoric acid as cross-linker) for incorporating different recycled plastics into asphalt will be determined. The results of this study are expected to identify if recycled plastics can be successfully incorporated into asphalt with improved properties/performance. The issues that the recycled plastics modified asphalt binders/mixtures could have will also be identified. The expected research results will be preliminary findings and recommendations on potential of using recycling plastics in asphalt mixtures and associated issues and challenges to be addressed in future studies. Further phases of studies including comprehensive lab and field performance evaluation, relevant specifications, life cycle cost analysis, and environmental impact assessment before implementation and practice. If the results are promising, the potential benefits will be improved pavement performance with substantial saving on maintenance and repair while eliminating the growing amount of waste plastics being landfilled or polluting the environment through litter.

Project

  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $108452
  • Contract Numbers:

    ORSO 135461

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Transportation Infrastructure Durability & Life Extension

    Washington State University
    Civil & Environmental Engineering
    Pullman, Washington  United States  99164

    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

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

    Transportation Infrastructure Durability & Life Extension

    Washington State University
    Civil & Environmental Engineering
    Pullman, Washington  United States  99164
  • Project Managers:

    Kline, Robin

  • Performing Organizations:

    Missouri University of Science & Technology, Rolla

    Department of Engineering
    202 University Center
    Rolla, MO    65409
  • Principal Investigators:

    Liu, Jenny

  • Start Date: 20200501
  • Expected Completion Date: 20210630
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01754175
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: National Center for Transportation Infrastructure Durability and Life-Extension
  • Contract Numbers: ORSO 135461
  • Files: UTC, RiP
  • Created Date: Oct 5 2020 1:08PM