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National Performance-based Asphalt Specification Framework

Part 4B of the Austroads Guide to Pavement Technology provides a recommended approach to the design and characterisation of asphalt mixes in Australia and New Zealand. However, the approach to asphalt mix design and performance characterisation…

Development of a Sprayed Seal Binder Cracking Test

This report describes research into development of a laboratory sprayed seal binder cracking test which can be used to measure the relative fatigue cracking resistance of thin binder films which have thicknesses comparable to the thicknesses of the…

High Modulus High Fatigue Resistance Asphalt (EME2) Technology Transfer: Final Report

EME2 mixes are produced using a hard paving grade bitumen applied at a high binder content (approximately 6%). Compared to conventional asphalt bases with unmodified binders, EME2 asphalt is characterised by high stiffness, high durability, superior…

Asphalt Fatigue Damage Healing and Endurance Limits: Guide Implementation Options

Overseas research has suggested that asphalt fatigue endurance limit may exist, where applied strain is sufficiently low no fatigue damage accumulates in the asphalt as the rate of asphalt healing exceeds the rate of damage accumulation. The…

Maximising the Use of Reclaimed Asphalt Pavement in Asphalt Mix Design: Field Validation
The use of recycled asphalt pavement (RAP) in asphalt mixes provides a vital basis for sustainable development. Maximising the re-use of RAP in its highest value application, as new asphalt product, has significant economic and environmental…
Improved Design Procedures for Asphalt Pavements
This report is the final deliverable of a three year Austroads project to improve the design procedures for asphalt pavements. The object of the work in this final year was to validate the proposed improved procedures for the characterisation of…
Improved Design Procedures for Asphalt Pavements: Outcomes for Year 2 of 3

The report covers a variety of topics related to improving the design procedures for asphalt pavements in Australia. Literature reviews of perpetual pavement design concepts and the relationship between flexural and compressive modulus were…

Maximising the Re-use of Reclaimed Asphalt Pavement - Outcomes of Year Two: RAP Mix Design

This report presents the findings from the second year of a three-year Austroads study which aims to maximise the re-use of reclaimed asphalt pavement (RAP) in new asphalt mixes.

A survey was conducted in Australia to identify the important issues…

High Modulus High Fatigue Resistance Asphalt (EME2) Technology Transfer

This report details the first year of a three-year Austroads project to transfer French Enrobés à Module Élevé Class 2 (EME2) technology to Australia. EME2 technology offers the prospect of reduced asphalt thicknesses for heavy duty pavements, and…

Guide to Pavement Technology Part 4B: Asphalt
The Guide to Pavement Technology Part 4B: Asphalt provides an introduction to the nature of asphalt as a material and its application in road pavements.