Nondestructive low-temperature cracking characterization of asphalt materials

Behzad Behnia, William G. Buttlar, Henrique Reis

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An acoustic-emission approach to evaluate the low-temperature cracking performance of asphalt binders is presented. The acoustic activity of a thin film of asphalt binder bonded to a granite substrate is monitored while the layer is exposed to decreasing temperatures from around 20°C to approximately -50°C. Results of eight different asphalt binders at three different aging levels, i.e., unaged (TANK), short-term aged (RTFO), and long-term aged (PAV), are presented. The acoustic emission (AE) embrittlement temperatures are found to be sensitive to binder type as well as binder aging level. Results show that for most binders, their AE-based embrittlement temperature is a few degrees lower than their bending beam rheometer (BBR) critical cracking temperatures.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number04016294
JournalJournal of Materials in Civil Engineering
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 1 2017


  • Acoustic emissions
  • Bending beam rheometer (BBR)
  • Critical cracking temperature
  • Embrittlement temperature
  • Low-temperature cracking

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction
  • General Materials Science
  • Mechanics of Materials


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