AASHTO Designation: M Release: Group 3 (August ). American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials North Capitol Street. Find the most up-to-date version of AASHTO M at Engineering AASHTO M Standard Specification for Performance-Graded Asphalt Binder. standard by American Association of State and Highway Transportation.

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This property provides an indication of the delayed elastic response of the binder. This calculation practice uses as input the stiffness values from Aasyto BBR at six loading times and mean failure strength from D DT. Request more information about any of the Asphalt Institute Laboratory services. It is a relatively fast test, but it has some serious mechanics and calculations backing it up.

The introduction of the Superpave asphalt binder system was a major step forward in characterizing the aasshto of asphalts.

ASTM Standards for Asphalt Binders

The calculation practice, Dwas developed more recently. Instead, the stiffness and the slope from the Aashot creep data at a single loading time of 60 seconds are used as surrogate rheological parameters to control pavement thermal cracking at low temperatures.

Inthe U. The principle difference between AASHTO M and MP1a is that MP1a incorporates a mechanistically based criterion to define low temperature performance aasjto asphalt binders, whereas M uses empirical parameters related to performance.

These properties are determined at two test temperatures as specified in the practice. The stiffness, S, at second loading time was found to relate to thermal cracking in the field. Low temperature rheological and failure characteristics of asphalt binders may be obtained using D DT test method at other test conditions such as different strain rates, stress control tests and low temperature fatigue.

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Why Are the New Standards Needed? All of the included tests are performed at one temperature. For heavy traffic the Jnr is reduced to 2.

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Cutback Asphalts are commonly used in cold mixes or as prime applications. Asphalt binder grades may be selected by following the procedures described in M and R In cold conditions, as the temperature drops, an asphalt binder contracts more than the aggregate in an asphalt pavement. The LAS test can be performed on the newer DSRs with a total testing time of about 12 minutes the relatively fast and easy part. The DTT pulls an asphalt specimen in tension at a very slow rate to simulate shrinkage as a pavement cools.

A majority of the roads pavements in the United States and around the world are constructed using a composite mixture of asphalt binder and aggregates blended to meet preset design aahto. The development of sound ASTM standards, such as those described in this article, is the key to measuring repeatable and reproducible fundamental engineering properties at low service temperatures. Impact on Safety and Quality of Roadways As test 3m20 and a calculation practice, the impact of these standards on safety and quality of highways is indirect in that they enable better characterization of material properties.

In this practice, only single event thermal cracking is considered.

If no table is specified, the default is Table 1. Hence, a comprehensive model of low-temperature pavement performance must include rheological and fracture properties of the asphalt binder.

Asphalt Binder Specification Tests

Described below is the need for new standards followed by a brief history of their development. In particular, the permanent deformation or rutting criteria, the fatigue cracking and the low-temperature cracking aspects of the specification have been reviewed.

These were collectively called the Superpave awshto design system. Direct tension data is incorporated with that of the BBR to determine compliance with critical cracking requirements. In road building terminology, this composite aashtl asphalt binder and mineral aggregates is called hot-mix asphalt or, simply, asphalt mixture.


Emulsified Asphalts are typically used as surface treatments and tack coats. The mean failure strength value determined at a standard strain rate of 3 percent per minute is used along with BBR data to determine critical cracking temperature as described next. The terminology would also be changed to move away from increasing the high temperature designation.

In the United States, the new standards are used in federal, state, city and local government laboratories involved in construction and maintenance of asphalt pavements. As more DOTs implement and adopt AASHTO MP1a, the quality of asphalt binders, especially polymer modified binders, will improve further, ultimately improving the safety and quality of asphalt highways.

Testing at additional temperatures for T may be necessary if MPa is not bracketed at the initial two test temperatures.

The asphalt binder is tested at temperatures the pavement is not likely to actually experience. Two parameters are obtained from D BBR for use in the specification.

The MSCR test starts at the lowest stress level and increases to the higher level at the end of 10 cycles, with no time delay between cycles. Special fiberglass inserts were designed to grip asphalt binder for uniaxial testing to failure ,320 the DT. The critical cracking temperature T cr is the temperature where the thermal stress is equal to the strength of the asphalt binder. The low-temperature performance, however, is a function of a combination of rheological characteristics as k320 as fracture properties of the binder.