Department of Civil, Environmental, and Geospatial Engineering
Adequate maintenance and taking active preventive measures can effectively prevent the early disease of asphalt pavements before significant damage occurs. By developing a light screening preventive maintenance agent (LS pre-maintenance agent) for strong ultraviolet (UV) radiation areas, based on the asphalt aging and regeneration mechanism, we analyzed the function and basic components and determined the optimum components ratio based on the best proportion of penetrant and solvent oil for solubility. The optimum ratio for quick-drying and long-term storage ability is the mass ratio of rock asphalt, reducing agent, penetrant, and solvent oil, which is 30:20:20:30. The light-shield agent is 5% of the total mass of the rock asphalt, reducing agent, penetrant, and solvent oil, and the dispersant is 0.4%. Digital image technology was used to provide an accurate measurement of the LS pre-maintenance agent penetration depth, evaluate its permeability and reasonable amount. We then used the rolling thin film oven test (RTFOT) to analyze its effect on aged asphalt and evaluated the restoration performance. Using the strong UV radiation aging test, we analyzed its anti-light aging performance. The results showed that pavement must be closed at least 2 h after the brushing LS pre-maintenance agent has been applied and this can be extended to upwards of 8 h time permitting. A dosage of 0.5 kg/m2 can ensure sufficient penetration depth and curing effect. Furthermore, the agent shows excellent restorative and anti-light aging abilities, which can effectively improve the low-temperature performance of aged asphalt and meet the pre-maintenance requirements for asphalt pavement, especially in strong UV radiation areas.
Study on components determination and performance evaluation of LS pre-maintenance agent.
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