Simulation of the field aging of asphalt binders in different reclaimed asphalt pavement (RAP) materials in Hong Kong through laboratory tests

Yu Qian, Feng Guo, Zhen Leng, Yuan Zhang, Huayang Yu

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Nowadays, reclaimed asphalt pavement (RAP) are widely used in pavement construction because of its significant environmental and economic benefits. In general, the use of RAP can introduce significant reduction in emission generation, energy consumption, and construction cost. To better utilize RAP, previous studies have paid extensive efforts to accelerate and quantify aging of asphalt binders in the laboratory, with the hope to predict their long-term performance in the field. But unfortunately, the existing laboratory aging methods cannot fully represent the field conditions due to the complexity of the field aging environment, caused by various factors, such as the seasonal and local climate characteristics of the interested areas. This study aims to quantify the difference between the binder laboratory aging and field aging in subtropical climate, at Hong Kong. The chemical compositions, rheological properties, and engineering performance of the field-aged asphalt binders (FAB) from several local pavements were characterized and compared with those of the laboratory aged asphalt binders (LAB). Six FAB samples were obtained from the reclaimed asphalt pavement (RAP) mixtures which had served on urban roads at Hong Kong for different durations. In the laboratory, following the conventional approach, the rolling thin film oven test (RTFOT) followed by the (Pressure Aging Vessel (PAV) test were performed to prepare the LAB samples. The results from the dynamic shear rheometer (DSR) and Fourier transform infrared spectrometer (FTIR) tests showed that the agings of the FAB samples were significantly higher than those of the LAB samples. Specifically, the conventional laboratory aging method for asphalt binder underestimated the field aging of a four-year old stone mastic asphalt (SMA) mixture nor a five-year old dense asphalt mixture. The results of this study suggested that more demanding aging process in the laboratory be developed for better simulation of the long-term field performance of asphalt mixture.

Original languageEnglish
Article number120651
JournalConstruction and Building Materials
Publication statusPublished - 30 Dec 2020


  • Field aging
  • MHS model
  • Pressure aging vessel
  • Reclaimed asphalt pavement

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction
  • Materials Science(all)


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