Effect of crumb rubber gradation on a rubberized cold recycled mixture for road pavements

Matteo Pettinari, Andrea Simone

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Abstract

Cold recycling technique represents the most environmental friendly solution for pavement rehabilitation nowadays. In fact, this technique allows the use of the highest percentage of reclaimed asphalt avoiding the energy consumption related to aggregates heating required by the traditional hot mix asphalt design. The mix design represents a key phase of the cold mix production. The study of workability and compactability properties combined with a deep laboratory investigation is required. The idea of introducing crumb rubber in the cold mixtures was developed based on the concept of maximizing the valorization of recycled materials together with the goal of achieving high performance. In the present research project, two different gradations of crumb rubber, processed with the traditional grading method, have been adopted for the production of a cold recycled mixture stabilized with bitumen emulsion and cement. The spring-back effects of the rubber particles, which occur after compaction, together with the Indirect Tensile Strength and the Indirect Tensile Stiffness Modulus have been studied. The results show that the gradation of the adopted crumb rubber sensibly affects the compaction and mechanical properties of the cold recycled mixture.
Original languageEnglish
JournalMaterials & Design
Volume85
Pages (from-to)598-606
Number of pages9
ISSN0264-1275
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015

Keywords

  • Bitumen emulsion
  • Cold recycling
  • Crumb rubber
  • Gradation
  • ITS
  • ITSM
  • RAP

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