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Innovations in HMA Performance Testing. John D’Angelo D’Angelo Consulting, LLC [email protected] Canadian User Producer Group for Asphalt Moncton 2009. Materials Testing. The HMA is tested in some fashion to simulate the real world.

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innovations in hma performance testing

Innovations in HMA Performance Testing

John D’Angelo

D’Angelo Consulting, LLC

[email protected]

Canadian User Producer Group for Asphalt Moncton 2009

materials testing
Materials Testing
  • The HMA is tested in some fashion to simulate the real world.
  • The tests go from simple to sophisticated.
  • From Empirical to Fundamental.
what is a performance test
What is a performance test?
  • It is a test that directly or indirectly relates to the performance characteristics of the material.
  • These tests can be Empirical or Fundamental or a combination of both.
    • Empirical tests relate results to past experience.
    • Fundamental tests relate stress, strain, and temperature to past performance.
apa sample
APA Sample

Small sample with loading very unlike the real world.

Must be correlated over a narrow range of conditions and material to the real world.

hamburg tester
Hamburg Tester

Unrealistic loading.

Again must be correlated over a narrow range of conditions and material to the real world.

next generation of performance testers
Next Generation of Performance Testers
  • New tests have a closer relationship to fundamental properties of the mix.
  • Measured material properties tied to performance models to estimate distress.
sst device
SST Device

Developed during SHRP to evaluate mix performance.

Expensive, complicated, difficult to interpret results.

simple performance tests spts development
Simple Performance Tests (SPTs) Development

9-19 Identification of SPTs and Protocol Development (Complete)

9-29 Equipment Specification and Development for SPTs (Active)

9-33A Mix Design Manual for Hot Mix Asphalt (Active)

ac mix performance tester
AC Mix Performance Tester

The test can evaluate the rutting and fatigue response of the AC mix.

The equipment is relatively inexpensive and easy to use.

Test results are inputs for the Mechanistic Empirical Pavement Design Guide.

sample preparation

IPC ServoPac

Sample Preparation
  • Superpave Gyratory Compactor
  • 180 – 190 mm Ht.

Va = 9.5%

sample preparation1
Sample Preparation

Test Specimen

Va = 8%

performance tests
Performance Tests

E* – Dynamic Modulus

Fn – Flow Number (Repeated Load)

Ft – Flow Time (Static Load)

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Loading Frequency

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hma performance tester
HMA Performance Tester
  • Dynamic Creep
  • Simulates Traffic Load
    • Loading on 0.1 sec
    • Load off for 0.9 sec
    • Repeat sequence
  • Cumulative axial strains recorded
flow number test fn
Flow Number Test (Fn)

Dynamic Creep

Simulates Traffic Load

Loading – 0.1 sec

Rest – 0.9 sec

repeated load test results
Repeated Load Test Results
  • Laboratory test run at 53.4°C
repeated load axial test
Repeated Load Axial Test
  • Actual test parameters are still being developed.
  • Parameters are based on stress conditions in the pavement.
beam fatigue test
Beam Fatigue Test

Test provides loss of modulus with load repetitions. This is empirically compared to field performance.

Test is time consuming to run and loading relation to the real world questionable.

axial fatigue test
Axial Fatigue Test

New push pull test allows fatigue testing in the AMPT with inputs to the VEPCD model.

idt testing
IDT Testing

Indirect Tensile test-

Used for low temperature properties of the mix

Expensive, easy to setup and run.

Use Creep Strain and Strength

use of the bbr device to test mix

Use of the BBR device to test mix

Volume of material tested may not be representative

Asphalt mixtures contain aggregate sizes larger than smallest dimension of beam

Main obstacle: the use of smaller size specimens that may not capture overall behavior of pavement

use of the bbr for low temperature mix testing

Use of the BBR for Low Temperature Mix Testing

Previous research at University of Minnesota suggested use of simpler test method based on creep tests of thin beams in three-point bending

Thin beams (6.25 x 12.5 x 100mm) can be used to investigate effect of surface aging, microcracking, and compaction on mechanical properties of asphalt pavements

performance testing
Performance Testing
  • We have new tools that provide results closer to the real world.
  • New modeling procedures allow us to do a better job of interpreting the results.
  • We can do a better job of estimating performance.
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