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Rheological characterization of bitumen modified with waste nitrile rubber (NBR)

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This paper presents the results of a laboratory experimental study which evaluates the characteristics of modified road bitumen with waste nitrile rubber (NBR) from shoe sole at high in service temperature. After a characterization of waste nitrile rubber, different blends were processed by varying the waste NBR content and time mixing. The characteristics associated with the manufacture namely viscosity at 135°C and storage stability were assessed. The rheological characteristics were measured by standard tests such as dynamic mechanical methods using dynamic shear rheometer (DSR). The measurements show a good workability characteristic for all samples tested and an improvement of the rheological characteristics as a shear, storage modulus, tan ´ and rutting resistance criterion at high in service temperature especially for the sample with higher content in waste NBR which represent an interesting result from an environmental point of view.

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