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

Analysis of the sensitivity of the impact resonance frequency test as a tool to determine the elastic properties of bituminous materials


https://doi.org/10.3989/mc.2017.04916

R. Tauste
Laboratory of Construction Engineering (LabIC.UGR), Department of Construction Engineering (ICPI), School of Civil Engineering (ETSICCP), University of Granada, Spain
orcid http://orcid.org/0000-0003-0317-6522

F. Moreno-Navarro
Laboratory of Construction Engineering (LabIC.UGR), Department of Construction Engineering (ICPI), School of Civil Engineering (ETSICCP), University of Granada, Spain
orcid http://orcid.org/0000-0001-6758-8695

R. Gallego
Department of Structural Mechanics, School of Civil Engineering (ETSICCP), University of Granada, Spain
orcid http://orcid.org/0000-0002-7260-0940

M. C. Rubio-Gámez
Laboratory of Construction Engineering (LabIC.UGR), Department of Construction Engineering (ICPI), School of Civil Engineering (ETSICCP), University of Granada, Spain
orcid http://orcid.org/0000-0002-1874-5129

Abstract


The modulus value of bituminous materials is a key factor in the design of road pavements and the estimation of their life service. This parameter can be measured in laboratory but, unfortunately, this requires the deterioration of the pavement so as the consumption of time and resources. Therefore, this study analyses the feasibility of using impact resonance frequency tests as an alternative to traditional methods for determining the dynamic modulus of bituminous mixtures. The sensitivity of this technique has been studied by analyzing its repeatability and reproducibility, studying the variations in the values measured by modifying the dimensions of the specimens, test temperatures and types of mixture tested. In addition, this non-destructive technique has been compared with other traditional tests used to determine the elastic properties of bituminous materials. The results show that this test could be an interesting tool to characterize the properties and damage state of asphalt layers.

Keywords


Modulus of Elasticity; Temperature; Rheology; Aggregate; Characterization

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