MS-26 The Asphalt Binder Handbook.pdf
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MS-26 The Asphalt Binder Handbook: A Comprehensive Guide to Asphalt Binders
Asphalt binders, also known as bitumen, are the glue that holds asphalt mixtures together. They are complex materials that have many properties and characteristics that affect their performance in pavement applications. Asphalt binders are derived from crude oil and can be modified with additives or polymers to enhance their performance.
The Asphalt Binder Handbook is a comprehensive manual that is devoted entirely to information about asphalt binders. It is a compilation of the information in many other Asphalt Institute publications along with unpublished information on topics such as the Multiple-Stress Creep Recovery (MSCR) test, testing variability and resolution and the generation of mastercurves. The handbook covers topics such as:
The history and chemistry of asphalt binders
The specifications and grading systems for asphalt binders
The rheology and viscoelasticity of asphalt binders
The testing methods and equipment for asphalt binders
The performance-based design and analysis of asphalt binders
The modification and aging of asphalt binders
The environmental and health aspects of asphalt binders
The handbook is intended for engineers, researchers, students, contractors, suppliers and anyone who is interested in learning more about asphalt binders. It is fully illustrated with figures, tables and charts that explain the concepts and data in a clear and concise manner. The handbook also provides references to other sources of information for further reading.
The Asphalt Binder Handbook is available in PDF and ePub formats from the Asphalt Institute Bookstore[^1^]. It is written by R. Michael Anderson, a senior research engineer at the Asphalt Institute, with contributions from other experts in the field. The handbook was published in May 2011 and has 223 pages.One of the main topics covered in the handbook is the performance-based design and analysis of asphalt binders. This approach involves selecting and evaluating asphalt binders based on their expected performance in pavement applications under various environmental and loading conditions. The handbook explains the concepts and methods of performance-based design and analysis, such as the Superpave binder specification, the mastercurve construction, the performance grade (PG) system, the binder selection criteria and the binder verification process.
Another important topic discussed in the handbook is the modification and aging of asphalt binders. Modification refers to the process of altering the properties and characteristics of asphalt binders by adding additives or polymers. Aging refers to the changes that occur in asphalt binders over time due to exposure to heat, oxygen, water and other factors. The handbook describes the types and effects of modification and aging on asphalt binders, as well as the methods and models for predicting and measuring them.
The handbook also addresses the environmental and health aspects of asphalt binders. These include the emissions and odors from asphalt production and paving operations, the recycling and reuse of asphalt materials, the leaching and runoff of asphalt components into water sources, and the exposure and health risks of asphalt workers and users. The handbook provides information on the regulations and standards for environmental and health protection, as well as the best practices and technologies for minimizing the environmental and health impacts of asphalt binders. aa16f39245