Webinar: Development of a Sprayed Seal Binder Cracking Test

Date: Thursday, 8 August 2019
Location: Online, 1:00pm AEST
Organiser: Austroads
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This webinar will give you an overview of an Austroads project that developed a new sprayed seal binder cracking test and compared the performance of polymer modified binders (PMBs).

While there are well established laboratory tests to measure the cracking performance of binders in asphalt mixes, before this project there was not an established test that could rank the low temperature cracking performance of binders in sprayed seals.

The Australian PMB specification (Austroads AGPT/T190) currently requires the use of different binder grades when PMBs are used in asphalt mixes (A-grades) and sprayed seals (S-grades).  During the project, the performance of S20E and A20E, as well as S25E and A15E grade PMBs, was compared by subjecting each of the PMBs to a series of laboratory asphalt and sprayed seal performance tests. Based on the results of the study, these four binder grades have proposed to be merged into two.

You’ll learn about the:

  • background of the project
  • sprayed seal binder cracking test
  • comparisons of the performance of S20E/A20E and S25E/A15E grade PMBs in asphalt and sprayed seals
  • proposed changes to AGPT/T190 based on the results of the project.

Join in a live Q&A with our presenter to have your questions answered.

Presented by Robert Urquhart

Robert Urquhart is a Principal Technology Leaderin the Future Transport Infrastructure Group at ARRB. After obtaining his PhD in Physical Chemistry from the University of Melbourne, he worked in Bitumen Products Technologist and Bitumen Technical Manager roles at BP Bitumen Australia between 1997 and 2010. During these roles he was responsible for developing and improving BP Bitumen’s range of bitumen, bituminous emulsion and polymer modified bitumen products. Since 2010, Robert has been conducting research and contract work at ARRB into the properties of bituminous binders and their performance in sprayed seals and asphalt.

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