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The Effect of Evotherm on Hot Mix Asphalt

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Abstract: There has been a paradigm shift globally from high combustion rates of all human activities that contribute to global warming. Environmental awareness has been increasing rapidly over the past years. In these regards, Evotherm, which is a Fatty-Amine derivative of the hydrocarbon chain, was investigated and used in the production of asphalt to examine the effect. The overall influence of the admixture and temperature was examined. Seven (7) Laboratory specimens with different additive contents of 0 , 0.25 , 0.5 , 0.75 , 1.0 , 1.25 and 1.5 were produced and compacted at different compaction temperatures of 100°C, 115°C, 130°C, 145°C and 160°C, to evaluate Marshall Stability parameters. The binder content for the control test and admix samples were all kept constant for the range of 5.0 , 5.5 , 6.0 , 6.5 and 7 by weight of total mix for all the trial mixes for proper and uniform observation and also for the determination of the optimal mix for the control and admix samples. For each specimen mix, two (2) Marshall cylindrical samples were compacted at heavy compaction level of 75 blows, which represent heavy traffic category, and the mean result obtained for accuracy. This was done for all the temperature categories. Therefore, for this research work, 350 cylindrical cubes of Marshall Samples were evaluated in the laboratory. The result shows that despite the modification on the asphalt by the Evotherm product, the admixed asphalt exhibited similar engineering properties as Hot Mix Asphalt even at lower temperature of 115°C, and could be used as a first step in the promotion of improved carbon print from Nigerian Asphalt pavements.

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