ASSESSMENT OF ADHESION BETWEEN BITUMINOUS BINDER AND MINERAL AGGREGATE USING DIGITAL IMAGE ANALYSIS

Jan Trejbal, Tereza Valentová, Tereza Horová

Abstract


Asphalt mixtures often fail due to a low adhesion of bituminous binder to mineral aggregate, which leads to surface coarse damages like potholes and fatigue cracking. To avoid this phenomenon, different types of adhesion promoters may be admixed into bituminous binder but a new question about their effectiveness arises. This paper presents two semi-automatic methods, which reliably replace the subjective assessment. Both of them use a digital image of asphalt mixtures as an input. The first is based on a gray level thresholding, while the second one on an entropy-based image segmentation. Asphalt mixtures composed from Zbraslav aggregate (fraction 8–16 mm), paving grade bitumen 50/70 and several types of adhesion promoters were made and subjected to the adhesion assessment. It was shown that aggregate grains coated by binder was equal to ca. 83–88% in the case of reference binder, while that was increased by ca. 10–13% if whatever adhesion promoters were used.

Keywords


asphalt mixture, bituminous binder, adhesion promoters, adhesion assessment, interfacial interaction

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ISSN 2336-5382 (Online)
Published by the Czech Technical University in Prague