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Materials (Basel). 2018 Aug 27;11(9). pii: E1542. doi: 10.3390/ma11091542.

Application of Fly Ash Derived Zeolites in Warm-Mix Asphalt Technology.

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Department of Roads and Bridges, Faculty of Civil Engineering and Architecture, Lublin University of Technology, Nadbystrzycka 40, 20-618 Lublin, Poland.


In recent years, numerous studies have been carried out on new technologies allowing to reduce of mix asphalt production temperatures. One of the possibilities is to foam the asphalt with "water-containing" additives, which include zeolites. So far, mainly synthetic zeolites of the Linde A structure type, obtained from chemical reagents, and natural clinoptilolite have been used in WMA technology. In this studies, the synthetic zeolites produced from fly ashes with 4 different types of crystalline structure were analyzed. Zeolite materials were characterized by textural parameters and thermal analysis. The amount of zeolite added to asphalt was 0, 3, 5, 7 wt % in relation to the weight of asphalt. Determination of dynamic viscosity was performed at two temperatures: 135 and 160 and 4 time intervals. The tests were performed for two asphalt binders: 35/50 and 100/150 penetration grade. As a conclusion, it was found that the viscosity of asphalt pastes with zeolitic materials increases with the increase in the amount of zeolite added. The increase level depends mainly on the textural parameters. The potential usefulness of fly ash derived zeolites in the process of asphalt foaming, which depends mainly on the amount of water contained in the zeolite structure and the method of its release, has been proved.


Warm-Mix Asphalt; dynamic viscosity; synthetic zeolite

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