A road is more than just a trafficked surface; there is a whole structure underneath. A road structure is usually composed of a subgrade soil, a subbase, a base, and a surfacing. Each course has a specific function: frost resistance, drainage, bearing capacity, etc.
A highy topical subject in the contribution of road construction to sustainable development is the production of asphalt mixtures at lower temperatures (reduced-temperature asphalt, RTA), because of the advantages from the energy, environmental and engineering points of view. Within a project on European test methods for bituminous mixtures and binders that was initiated by the Belgian Bureau for Standardization (NBN) and aims among other things at improvements with a view to sustainable development, BRRC has undertaken to closely monitor the recent developments and achievements in the field of RTA, both in Belgium and abroad. This includes the following aspects:
This four-year project (July 2006 – June 2010) was funded by the Belgian Bureau for Standardization (NBN). Its objective was:
to improve the procedures for the extraction (with a continuous flux centrifuge) and recovery (with a rotary evaporator) of binders from bituminous mixtures prepared with polymer-modified bitumens (PmBs) (EN 12967-1 and -3);
to study and improve the procedure for the determination of binder content by ignition (EN 12697-39).