AASHTO - PP 113
Standard Practice for Characterizing the Relaxation Behavior of Asphalt Binders Using the Delta Tc (ΔTc) Parameter
|Publication Date:||1 January 2021|
This practice provides a means of evaluating the behavior of an asphalt binder at low temperature using the results (Stiffness and m-value) from the Bending Beam Rheometer (BBR) test to calculate a value (identified as Delta Tc or ΔTc) that is indicative of the relaxation properties of the asphalt binder. This practice is primarily intended for use with residue generated after long-term conditioning with T 240 (Rolling Thin-Film Oven (RTFO)) and R 28 (Pressurized Aging Vessel (PAV)), but may also be used on recovered asphalt binder from asphalt mixture, reclaimed asphalt pavement (RAP), and reclaimed asphalt shingles (RAS).
The behavior of an asphalt binder at low temperature can provide insight to the technologist indicating to what extent the asphalt binder exhibits adequate relaxation properties to minimize its contribution to non-load related cracking in an asphalt pavement.
This practice may be used in conjunction with M 320, Specification for Performance-Graded Asphalt Binder, or M 332, Performance-Graded Asphalt Binder Using the Multiple Stress Creep Recovery (MSCR) Test.
The values stated in SI units are to be regarded as the standard.
This standard does not purport to address all the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.