Toughness modification of SBS/CRMA on epoxy asphalt: curing behaviour and low-temperature cracking characteristic analysis



Zhou, Yixin, Xu, Gang, Yu, Hao, Fan, Yulou, Wang, Houzhi, Yang, Jun, Wu, You, Wang, Haopeng ORCID: 0000-0002-5008-7322 and Huang, Wei
(2024) Toughness modification of SBS/CRMA on epoxy asphalt: curing behaviour and low-temperature cracking characteristic analysis. International Journal of Pavement Engineering, 25 (1). 2320171-.

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Abstract

The limited utilisation of epoxy asphalt primarily stems from its inherent brittle cracking behaviour. This investigation aims to mitigate this issue by introducing styrene–butadiene-styrene/crumb rubber modified asphalt (SBS/CRMA). Furthermore, this research assesses the influence of SBS/CRMA on the curing behaviour of epoxy asphalt (EA) and the low-temperature fracture characteristics of epoxy asphalt concrete (EAC). The curing behaviour of EA was systematically examined using diverse analytical techniques, including attenuated total reflectance fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (ATR-FTIR), rotational viscosity, and non-isothermal curing kinetics analysis. Notably, SBS/CRMA expedites the curing process of epoxy asphalt, possibly attributed to the amine constituents in the crumb rubber, which acts as catalyst. Subsequently, the study scrutinised the fracture characteristics of EAC through the application of the semicircle bending (SCB) test and acoustic emission (AE) methodology. The results substantiate that SBS/CRMEAC imparts a proficient toughening effect, underpinned by an augmented stress relaxation capacity due to the reinforcing influence of elastomers such as crumb rubber and SBS. The fracture process was delineated into three distinct stage and the AE signal in matrix epoxy asphalt (MEA) exhibited concentration during the macroscopic crack extension and final fracture stages. In stark contrast, SBS/CRMEAC exhibited a uniform distribution and showcased ductile fracture characteristics.

Item Type: Article
Divisions: Faculty of Science and Engineering > School of Engineering
Depositing User: Symplectic Admin
Date Deposited: 27 Feb 2024 08:24
Last Modified: 15 Mar 2024 22:09
DOI: 10.1080/10298436.2024.2320171
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URI: https://livrepository.liverpool.ac.uk/id/eprint/3178905