Materiales de Construcción, Vol 67, No 327 (2017)

Mechanical performance assessment of half warm recycled asphalt mixes containing up to 100 % RAP

J. M. Lizárraga, A. Jiménez del Barco-Carrión, A. Ramírez, P. Díaz, F. Moreno-Navarro, M. C. Rubio



The use of Half Warm Mixes with high Reclaimed Asphalt content (HWMRA) has the potential to generate significant environmental advantages such as the reduction in consumption of natural resources and the emission of gases into the atmosphere. This paper therefore focuses on demonstrating the viability of using these types of mixes in wearing courses. For this purpose, an HWMRA with 70 % and 100 % Reclaimed Asphalt Pavement (RAP) and emulsion were designed in the laboratory. The performance of the mixes was then assessed and compared with that of conventional Hot Mix Asphalt. In a second stage, the mixes were manufactured in-plant, and laid and compacted in an Accelerated Pavement Test track. The cores were then extracted and tested for stiffness modulus and resistance to fatigue. The results from the tests conducted with both the laboratory specimens and the cores showed that the performance of HWMRA is comparable to that of HMA. These findings encourage greater confidence in promoting the use of these types of sustainable asphalt mixes.


Asphalt; Recycling; Characterization; Fatigue; Mechanical properties

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