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Monday, 07 August 2017

Bituminous binders guidance updated

Austroads has published an updated edition of the Guide to Pavement Technology Part 4F: Bituminous Binders.

The Guide covers the use of bituminous materials in road construction and maintenance.

Bituminous materials include bitumen obtained from refining crude petroleum oil and products derived from bitumen through additional manufacturing processes or the use of additives. Reference is also made to other sources of bituminous materials and non-bituminous binders.

The Guide introduces bituminous binder technology, including the properties, composition and principal assessment tests of bituminous materials. It also discusses the selection of bituminous binder types for particular applications.

The second edition of the Guide includes comprehensive technical and editorial revisions to the text.

Guidance on safety and environmental issues has been updated to reflect current legislative requirements along with information relating to bitumen and polymer modified binder (PMB) specifications.

Information on binder testing has been updated to reflect current practice.

Additional information on cutback bitumen, PMBs and bitumen emulsions has also been included.

The sections relating to other types of binders and bituminous binder additives have been updated to include additional materials and the results of recent Austroads studies.

This edition was written by Young Choi, ARRB. The update project was managed by John Esnouf, VicRoads. 

The hard copy can be purchased for $44 (+postage and handling) and the PDF for $35.20.

Austroads members can download PDF versions of the Guides for free. This includes all state and territory road agencies and local councils in Australia and New Zealand.

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Guide link: Guide to Pavement Technology Part 4F: Bituminous Binders

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