Revista ingeniería de construcción
On-line version ISSN 0718-5073
RONDON QUINTANA, Hugo Alexander and REYES LIZCANO, Fredy Alberto. Evaluation of mechanical parameters of an asphalt mixture under the environmental conditions of Bogotá D.C. Rev. ing. constr. [online]. 2012, vol.27, n.1, pp. 57-74. ISSN 0718-5073. http://dx.doi.org/10.4067/S0718-50732012000100004.
The present paper introduces the evolution of resilient modulus, permanent strain and fatigue life of an asphaltic concrete mixture exposed under weather conditions in Bogota D.C. (Colombia) during 47-48 months. Mixtures were elaborated by using two asphaltic cements (CA) made in Colombia: CA 80100 and CA 60-70. Mixtures generally tend to increase their stiffness values after an exposure period, mainly due to hardening and ageing processes undergone by asphaltic binder. A stiffness gain leads to increase endurance against rutting phenomenon and fatigue life of the analyzed mixture employed to lay thick asphaltic layers on the pavement. Based on the resilient modulus evolution due to exposure under environmental conditions, an equation is proposed to approximately predict the evolution of fatigue life endured by a mixture.
Keywords : Resilient modulus; fatigue law; aging; hot asphalt mixture; asphalt cement.