Influence of Additives on the Fatigue Life and Stiffness of Asphalt Concrete

Saad I. Sarsam
Sarsam and Associates Consult Bureau (SACB), Baghdad-IRAQ


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Implementation of additives to the asphalt binder can enhance the overall physical properties of the modified asphalt concrete. In the present assessment, an attempt has been made to use 2 % of silica fumes and 4 % of fly ash class F for modification of asphalt binder in wet process. Asphalt concrete wearing course mixtures have been prepared and compacted by roller in the laboratory. The beam specimens of 400 mm length and 50 mm height and 63 mm width were extracted from the slab samples. The specimens were subjected to the four-point repeated flexural bending beam test. The flexural stiffness was calculated under three constant micro strain levels of (250, 400, and 750). The fatigue life was monitored in terms the number of load repetitions to reach the required reduction in stiffness. It was concluded that the flexural stiffness increases by (11, and 15) %, (17.7, and 63.6) %, (57.2, and 65) % when 2% of silica fumes or 4 % of fly ash are implemented and the specimen’s practices 750, 400, and 250 microstrain levels respectively. However, the fatigue life of asphalt concrete beam specimens increases by (40, and 72.8) %, (115, and 220.6) %, (46, and 94.6) % when 2% of silica fumes or 4 % of fly ash are implemented and the specimen’s practices 750, 400, and 250 microstrain levels respectively. It is recommended to use modified binder with fly ash and silica fumes in asphalt concrete to enhance the fatigue life and stiffness.


  • Asphalt concrete,
  • Flexural Stiffness,
  • Fatigue life,
  • Silica Fumes,
  • Fly ash


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Volume 3, Issue 6, Year 2021

Published 2021-10-16


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Sarsam, S. I. (2021). Influence of Additives on the Fatigue Life and Stiffness of Asphalt Concrete. International Research Journal of Multidisciplinary Technovation, 3(6), 8–15.

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