Adhesion evaluation of asphalt-aggregate interface using surface free energy method

Jie Ji, Hui Yao, Luhou Liu, Zhi Suo, Peng Zhai, Xu Yang, Zhanping You

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The influence of organic additives (Sasobit and RH) and water on the adhesion of the asphalt-aggregate interface was studied according to the surface free energy theory. Two asphalt binders (SK-70 and SK-90), and two aggregate types (limestone and basalt) were used in this study. The sessile drop method was employed to test surface free energy components of asphalt, organic additives and aggregates. The adhesion models of the asphalt-aggregate interface in dry and wet conditions were established, and the adhesion work was calculated subsequently. The energy ratios were built to evaluate the effect of organic additives and water on the adhesiveness of the asphalt-aggregate interface. The results indicate that the addition of organic additives can enhance the adhesion of the asphalt-aggregate interface in dry conditions, because organic additives reduced the surface free energy of asphalt. However, the organic additives have hydrophobic characteristics and are sensitive to water. As a result, the adhesiveness of the asphalt-aggregate interface of the asphalt containing organic additives in wet conditions sharply decreased due to water damage to asphalt and organic additives. Furthermore, the compatibility of asphalt, aggregate with organic additive was noted and discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Article number156
Number of pages11
JournalApplied Sciences
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 9 Feb 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • Adhesion
  • Asphalt-aggregate interface
  • Organic additive
  • Surface free energy

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