Evaluation of engineering properties of Fiber-reinforced Usual-temperature Synthetic Pitch (USP) modified coldmix patching asphalt

Zhilin Sun, Yongtao Ma, Shu Liu, Yawen Li, Xiang Qiu, Zhenyu Luo

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As a common-used pothole repairing material, cold mix patching asphalt (CMA) has been widely used in practice. This article aims to develop a novel CMA with good overall performance and better environmental-friendliness. A few environmental-friendly ingredients, including a modifier named Usual-temperature Synthetic Pitch (USP), polyester-basalt composite fibers, a commercial anti-stripping agent, a commercial tackifier and biodiesel, were utilized for preparing Fiber-reinforced USP modified CMAs (FUAs). Laboratory tests, including workability assessment tests, Marshall stability tests, boiling water tests, rolling sieve cohesion tests, freeze-thaw splitting tests, wheel tracking tests and three-point bending tests, etc. were conducted to evaluate the workability, Marshall stability, adhesion, moisture susceptibility, rutting resistance, bending resistance and storage stability. Two mix designs of the cutback (termed as Scheme 1 and 2) with weight ratios of 100:6:18:0.3:0.6 and 100:6:20:0.4:0.8 for binder: USP: biodiesel: anti-stripping agent: tackifier were considered. Effect of fiber content (0.2%, 0.3%, 0.4% and 0.5% by aggregate weight) was also investigated considering an optimal polyester to basalt fiber weight ratio of 3:2. The results show that the optimal fiber content is 0.4%. The engineering properties of FUAs meet the construction requirements, and they also present good storage stability. Scheme 2-based cutback shows better workability, smaller penetration and better binder-aggregate adhesion than the Scheme 1-based cutback; consequently, the Scheme 2-based FUA presents advantages over Marshall stability, rutting resistance and bending resistance. Compared with Styrene-Butadiene-Styrene (SBS) modified CMAs, FUAs possess better overall performance and advantages over environmental conservation. The FUAs, therefore, have good application prospects in pavement repair.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere00997
JournalCase Studies in Construction Materials
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2022


  • Cold mix patching asphalt
  • Engineering properties
  • Environmental friendliness
  • Fiber
  • USP modification

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science (miscellaneous)


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