Effect of differently treated recycled concrete aggregates on Marshall properties and cost-benefit of asphalt mixtures
Marshall properties are one of the major requirements for designing hot asphalt mixtures. These properties need to be evaluated to make sure that asphalt pavement performs well over its service life. The evaluation of the Marshall properties of asphalt mixtures containing coarse recycled concrete aggregates (RCA) was the study's main target. RCA properties differ from virgin aggregate in the presence of cement mortar. To improve RCA properties, two methods were adopted. The first, termed pre-soak treatment, consisted of soaking RCA in acetic acid for 24 hours at a concentration of 0.1 M. The second one, termed mechanical treatment, involved placing RCA inside the Los Angeles machine with balls and running it for 500 cycles. RCA was incorporated into asphalt mixtures at percentages 20, 40, 60, 80, and 100% of coarse virgin aggregate. The results of the study showed that replacing virgin aggregate with RCA led to economic feasibility. Despite the amount of asphalt binder increasing as coarse RCA content increased, the characteristics of HMA were not significantly altered except for Marshall stability. The maximum increase in Marshall stability happened in the mixture containing 60% untreated RCA; it was 14.78% greater than the control mixture.
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