Antioxidant treatment of asphalt binders

Alex K Apeagyei (Inventor), Barry Dempsey (Inventor), William Buttlar (Inventor)

Research output: Patent


A combination of antioxidants and method of incorporating the antioxidants into an asphalt binder to make a modified asphalt binder are described. The antioxidants comprise a thioester and an aldehyde. The aldehyde and thioester, in a ratio between about 1:100 and about 100:1 parts by weight, are added to an asphalt binder. An acidic catalyst is also added in a concentration between about 0.1 wt % and about 18 wt % of the asphalt binder. The antioxidants, asphalt binder, and catalyst are mixed at a temperature between about 85° C. and about 135° C. for a time between about 30 minutes and about 6 hours. The antioxidants are capable of improving the performance grade of the asphalt binder. The modified asphalt binder possesses superior resistance to oxidative age hardening compared to other modified asphalt binder compositions that incorporate various antioxidants.
Original languageEnglish (US)
U.S. patent number9605104
Filing date3/31/10
StatePublished - Mar 28 2017


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