Investigation of Sterol Chemistry to Retard the Aging of Asphalt Binders
Published on Oct 17, 2017in Transportation Research Record1.029
· DOI :10.3141/2633-15
The addition of petroleum-derived oils (aromatic or paraffinic) and bioderived oils (typically low-viscosity, unsaturated hydrocarbons modified to remove acid functionality) to bitumen has become a burgeoning business to facilitate the use of increasing amounts of reclaimed asphalt pavement, reclaimed asphalt shingles (RAS), and combinations. These additives have been marketed as softening agents, to reduce high- and low-temperature performance grades, and as rejuvenators. Given the aging mechanism of bitumen and chemical changes that occur during aging, it is unlikely that any true form of rejuvenation is possible. In this paper data are provided on investigations into the use of a chemical class known as sterols, which can be obtained from seed oils and tall oil to retard the aging of bitumen. Investigations were carried out with RAS, with re-refined engine oil bottoms, and with the accelerated aging of bitumen and bituminous mixtures that contained sterol chemistry. The results demonstrated that, relat...