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  • Draft 11/2/06 1


    for DUMMIES

    Boulder County Resource Conservation Glasphalt Research Project

    prepared by LBA Associates, Inc. November 2006 (draft)

  • Draft 11/2/06 2

    U.S. Highways (2001 data)

    8.21M lane miles in place

    Truck traffic increasing faster than passenger vehicle traffic

    93% asphalt pavement

    7% concrete pavement

    Note: pavement discussions in this presentation are limited

    to asphalt pavement as glasphalt research is the ultimate goal of Boulder Countys project.

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    (Paved) Roadway Functions

    Carries vehicle loads that unpaved roads cannot

    Provides drainage away from driving surface

    Add smoothness to allow higher vehicle speeds and greater drivability

    Provide skid resistance for vehicles

    Provides a relatively dust-free surface

    High-speed surface

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    Aggregate = natural sand, gravel & stone

    Asphalt = petroleum residue (naturally occurring or from distillation of crude oil)

    Asphalt pavement = aggregate + asphalt + air

    Concrete pavement = aggregate + cement + water + air

    Will have samples to circulate to audience

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    Part I: Road Construction

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    Existing materials quality based on strength, gradation & drainage capacity good soils will retain most of their load-bearing capacity when wet

    If poor soil (e.g., swelling soils); Remove to reach better soils


    Replace with better material

    Stabilize to increase stiffness

    Compaction of subgrade materials is key

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    Base Courses

    Provides load distribution, drainage & frost resistance

    Materials are moderately stiff to help carry traffic & minimize deflection of pavement materials

    Subbase Course is optional - typically includes relatively fine aggregate (minus ) & 12 thick

    Base Course - typically includes moderately coarse aggregate (minus 1-1/2) & 6-12 thick Can be aggregate only (loose, unbound) OR

    Aggregate bound with asphalt (pavement)

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    Load Bearing by

    Flexible v. Rigid Pavement

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    Surface Course

    (in contact with traffic)

    Surface Course = aggregate + asphalt

    Includes highest quality & stiffest materials to

    absorb loads

    Aggregate is typically

    minus 3/8

    Placed in 8 layers

    prior to compaction

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    Asphalt Pavement

    Also known as blacktop, flexible

    pavement or

    bituminous concrete

    Typically used in

    lower load


    Less construction

    costs than concrete

    pavement may have

    shorter life & greater


    Support loads by

    flexing & distribution

    through bottom layers

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    Hot Mix Asphalt

    (HMA) is the most

    common type of

    asphalt pavement

    HMA is made

    principally from

    aggregate and

    asphalt binder at

    elevated temper-

    atures at plant

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    Part II: Materials

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    1. Found in floodplains, stream terraces and alluvial fans

    also excavated from quarries

    2. Described in terms of size gradation

    Well graded aggregate (preferred) = wide range of


    Fine aggregate = minus 3/16

    Coarse aggregate = > 3/16

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    Aggregate, cont

    3. Other Characteristics

    Toughness resists crushing or disintegration when tested, stockpiled, transported or made into HMA

    Durability resists damage from wetting & drying

    Particle Shape/Texture cubic & angular with rough surfaces

    Clean free of contaminants (vegetation, clay lumps, soft particles, dust)

    U.S. produced more than 3B tons in 2001 at value of $14.2B highways consumed 40% of this material

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    Preparing Aggregate

    Excavated dug or



    crushed & screened

    Washed - to remove

    undesired small



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    1. Also called asphalt

    binder or bitumen

    2. Natural Characteristics





    U.S. produced more than 35M tons in 2001 at value of $6B highways consumed 85%

    of this material

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    Asphalt, cont

    3. Other Characteristics Durable - ages well with time

    Rheology or deformation with temperature

    Too warm/too much flow can cause rutting

    Too cold/too little flow can cause cracking

    Purity pure bitumen

    Most current asphalt pavement design approach is based on specifying asphalt in terms of maximum & minimum

    temperatures it will be exposed to

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    Asphalt Modifiers

    May be added to:

    Lower viscosity (thickness) & increase


    Increase viscosity & decrease rutting

    Increase adhesion between aggregate and

    binder (especially in presence of moisture)

    decrease stripping

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    Part III: Pavement Design

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    Pavement Design Considerations

    Loads penetrate 2-3

    Quantity/repetition of traffic

    Type of traffic passenger,

    trailer, construction

    Type of vehicles tire

    pressure, load, wheel configuration

    Vehicle speed

    Road configuration (curvatures)

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    Pavement Design, cont


    Temperature impacts on binder rheology (extremes lead to rutting & cracking)

    Frost action subgrade heaves, thaw weakening


    Design mitigation = increase pavement to frost depth, replace frost-susceptible &

    weak (expansive) subgrade soils, increase drainage

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    Pavement Design, cont


    Surface HMA relatively

    impermeable if well


    Need cross slopes of 2%

    Subsurface facilitate

    good permeability with

    subgrade soils and base

    course design

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    Aggregate + Asphalt

    Aggregate Asphalt Binder

    92-96% by weight 4-8% by weight

    30% of cost of HMA pavement

    25-30% cost of HMA pavement

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    HMA Manufacturing

    Manufacturing = blending & heating components to job specifications Batch plant (older technology)

    Continuous drum plant (can product 100-900 tph)

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    HMA Placement

    Equipment transfer vehicles & asphalt


    Paver is self-propelled unit

    Includes tractor, hopper & floating screed

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    Placement, cont

    Compaction most important factor for performance

    75-85% maximum density achieved by screed

    Remainder achieved by rollers steel or pneumatic tires, may use vibration

    Must compact prior to cooling (rutting)

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    Part IV: Other Asphalt

    Pavement Applications Pavement Placement improve placement

    success Leveling layer

    Tack coat

    Surface Treatment increase smoothness, appearance, safety; reduce noise; correct defects Fog & slurry seals


    Repair address specific defects Crack & slurry seals (crack seals often contain crumb



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    Other Applications, cont

    Rehabilitation improve strength or salvage stressed pavement


    Hot In Place Recycling old pavement is heated, scarified/removed, modified, placed & compacted

    Cold in Place Recycling old pavement removed, pulverized, modified, placed & compacted

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    Recycled Asphalt Pavement (RAP)

    The most recycled materials in U.S. -

    approximately 80M tpy

    Can be used to make new HMA (10-30% by

    weight), in cold mix, as fill or other

    Recycled in place used to resurface

    existing pavement or pulverized for base


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    Part V: The Glass Alternative

    Colorado Aggregate

    80% of Colorados aggregate is sand & gravel found in drainage areas along the Front Range

    20% is crushed rock mined from quarries in the mountains

    Haul costs significant where source is not located near aggregate plant or project

    How long before land use & environmental constraints cause an aggregate shortage?

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    Glass Blended w/ Aggregate

    Characteristics similar

    to natural aggregate

    (hard, durable, drains

    well & dries fast)

    Higher heat retention

    (good with frost

    penetration but may

    take longer to cure

    during placement)

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    Glass in HMA

    Reflective properties (good & bad)

    Decreased skid resistance if gradation

    is too large

    Does not stay bound to asphalt well

    without anti-stripping agent (raveling)

    Real & perceived issues wi


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