This study presents the viability of using PCB as an additive in hot mix asphalt concrete. Different ratios of PCB (5%, 10%, 15%, and 20% by weight of asphalt) were blended with two grades of asphalt (AC-10 and AC-20). The complete behaviors of the PCB modified asphalt concrete were investigated by comprehensive laboratory testing and evaluation. The Marshall method was used to determine the optimum binder content and the mechanical properties and void relationships were investigated by this method. The Gyratory Testing Machine was used to define the stress-strain relationships of the PCB mixtures. The rutting potential of PCB mixtures was investigated using the Dynamic Creep Testing. The performance of the PCB mixtures at low temperature (5o C) was determined by the Indirect Tensile Testing. The strength performance of the PCB mixtures at intermediate temperatures (5o C and 25o C) was examined by the Resilient Modulus Test. The Hamburg Wheel Tracking Device was employed to ascertain the stripping potential of the PCB mixtures. The findings of this study show beneficial effects of added PCB for asphalt mixture. Specifically, tests results show that PCB contents of 10% to 15% by weight of asphalt produced a number of significant improvements. The rutting potential, the temperature susceptibility and the stripping potential can be reduced by the inclusion of PCB in the asphalt mixture. Added material costs of about 6% may well be justified by expected improvements in performance.

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pyrolized carbon black, carbon black, additives, hot mix asphalt, asphalt concrete, rutting, stripping, resilient modulus, cracking, SPR-2096

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Joint Highway Research Project

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West Lafayette, IN

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