Title page for ETD etd-03312006-175531

Type of Document Dissertation
Author Alshamsi, Khalid Salim
Author's Email Address kalsha2@lsu.edu
URN etd-03312006-175531
Title Development of a Mix Design Methodology for Asphalt Mixtures with Analytically Formulated Aggregate Structures
Degree Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
Department Civil & Environmental Engineering
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Louay N. Mohammad Committee Chair
George Z. Voyiadjis Committee Member
John B. Metcalf Committee Member
Lynn R. LaMotte Committee Member
Martin Aksel Hjortsø Dean's Representative
  • performance testing
  • mixture design
  • gradation analysis
  • asphalt
  • bailey method
Date of Defense 2006-03-24
Availability unrestricted
This research documents an extensive study on the design and characterization of asphalt mixtures for use as road pavement material. Several aspects of asphalt mixtures were addressed using the state of the art laboratory test equipment and technical literature from different information sources. The research was divided into two phases. Phase one included the design and detailed analysis of compaction and performance characteristics of asphalt concrete mixtures with aggregate structures that were designed using an analytical method of aggregate blending. Three aggregate types were considered in this study: limestone, sandstone, and granite. All the aggregates were crushed aggregates. Three different aggregate structures were designed for each aggregate type using the Bailey method of aggregate gradation evaluation. The Bailey method is a comprehensive gradation. Sandstone and Granite mixtures had a nominal maximum aggregate size (NMAS) of 12.5mm and were designed for high traffic level, while two types of Limestone mixtures were designed (25.4 mm and 12.5 mm NMAS) for two traffic levels (high and low traffic volumes). For the heavy traffic mixtures the binder type selected was PG 76-22M while PG70-22 was used for low volume mixtures. The outcome of this research suggests that suitable mixes can be developed with dense aggregate structures using the Bailey method of aggregate gradation that provides good resistance to permanent deformation while still maintaining adequate levels of durability.

A systematic, simplified design approach was recommended in which asphalt mixtures are designed based on the locking point concept, analytical aggregate gradation method and fundamental mechanistic properties that describe the behavior of asphalt mixtures based on sound engineering principles.

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