Ranking binder creep performance using the ARRB Elastometer

P. J. Vardanega*, T. J. Waters, R. E. Spies, J. M. Ramanujam, A. Nataatmadja

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This paper discusses a laboratory study used to characterize bituminous binders based on their dynamic creep resistance. Laboratory testing using four different loading regimes on asphalt mixes with six different bituminous binders was undertaken. Creep cycles to 2% accumulated strain were used to define the creep resistance of the asphalt mixes with the various binders. Underlying viscosities of the bitumens were derived using the Australian Road Research Board (ARRB) Elastometer. Marshall stability was measured on the specimens that were prepared using gyratory compaction. Regression plots were prepared that link creep resistance, underlying viscosity, and Marshall stability. It was found that the ARRB Elastometer is able to measure underlying viscosity, which is a reasonable predictor of dynamic creep resistance. Marshall stability was also shown to be a good indicator of dynamic creep resistance. Therefore, simpler tests such as Marshall stability and Elastometer can be used to rank bituminous materials for asphalt mix design purposes in the laboratory.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)451-459
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Materials in Civil Engineering
Issue number5
Early online date1 Sep 2009
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2010


  • Bituminous binder
  • Creep
  • Repeated loads
  • Stability
  • Underlying viscosity

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