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Correlation between rheology and chemical composition of aged polymer-modified asphalts

Elsevier Ltd
DOI: 10.1016/j.conbuildmat.2014.03.043
  • Polymer Modified Asphalt
  • Dynamic Shear Modulus
  • Phase Angle
  • Attenuated Total Reflection
  • Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy
  • Cross-Correlation Analysis
  • Chemistry
  • Physics


Abstract This study explores correlation between chemical and rheological changes in polymer-modified asphalts (PMA) aged in laboratory. Viscosity measurements were conducted in Dynamic Shear Rheometer (DSR), whereas the changes in asphalt chemical composition due to aging were elucidated from their Fourier transform infrared spectra obtained in Attenuate Total Reflection (ATR) mode. The analysis of variance in DSR and ATR measurements revealed that severity of aging procedure affected PMA viscosity greater than polymer composition and concentration did. Furthermore, it was possible to predict dynamic shear modulus of PMA at a given temperature and aging test severity from relative content of chemical functional groups identified from ATR spectrum.

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