Characterization of Recycled Asphalt Shingles

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While the recycling of asphalt shingles is beneficial in reducing the consumption of virgin materials, road performance should not be compromised. One major concern with recycled asphalt shingles (RAS) relates to the variability in the properties of the recycled materials originating from different sources. In addition, the rheological properties of RAS have not been evaluated as well as its influence on the virgin binder when used in asphalt mixtures. Therefore, the objectives of this study were to characterize the rheological properties and molecular fractions of RAS materials sampled from different sources across the country. In addition, the influence of RAS on the Superpave performance grade (PG) of the binder in the mix was investigated. Results of the experimental program indicated that the asphalt cement (AC) content in tear-off shingles was consistent among different RAS sources across the country. However, AC content in manufacturer waste shingles was noticeably lower than in tear-off shingles. In addition, all extracted RAS binders were graded as PG 118 + - xx using the Superpave binder specification system. This stiff behavior is due to the binder used in shingle manufacturing, which is an air-blown asphalt binder with stiff characteristics and low elongation properties. Results showed that at a RAS content of up to 5%, the high temperature grade of the blends was increased by one to seven grades and the low temperature grade was reduced by one grade. The use of binder blending charts is recommended to account for the influence of RAS in the mix design. At a RAS content of 10%, the binder blends did not pass the Superpave criterion at low temperature.

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Construction Research Congress 2016: Old and New Construction Technologies Converge in Historic San Juan - Proceedings of the 2016 Construction Research Congress, CRC 2016

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