Rheological Properties of Polyethylene and Polypropylene Modified Bitumen

Habib, Noor Zainab and Kamaruddin, Ibrahim and Napiah, Madzlan and Mohd Tan, Isa (2011) Rheological Properties of Polyethylene and Polypropylene Modified Bitumen. International Journal of Civil and Environmental Engineering, 3 (2). pp. 96-100. ISSN 2010-3883

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This paper presents a part of research on the
rheological properties of bitumen modified by thermoplastic namely
linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE), high density polyethylene
(HDPE) and polypropylene (PP) and its interaction with 80 pen base
bitumen. As it is known that the modification of bitumen by the use
of polymers enhances its performance characteristics but at the same
time significantly alters its rheological properties. The rheological
study of polymer modified bitumen (PMB) was made through
penetration, ring & ball softening point and viscosity test. The results
were then related to the changes in the rheological properties of
polymer modified bitumen. It was observed that thermoplastic
copolymer shows profound effect on penetration rather than
softening point. The viscoelastic behavior of polymer modified
bitumen depend on the concentration of polymer, mixing
temperature, mixing technique, solvating power of base bitumen and
molecular structure of polymer used. PP offer better blend in
comparison to HDPE and LLDPE. The viscosity of base bitumen was
also enhanced with the addition of polymer. The pseudoplastic
behavior was more prominent for HDPE and LLDPE than PP. Best
results were obtained when polymer concentration was kept below

Item Type: Article
Subjects: T Technology > TE Highway engineering. Roads and pavements
Departments / MOR / COE: Departments > Civil Engineering
Depositing User: Assoc Prof Dr Madzlan Napiah
Date Deposited: 02 Aug 2011 04:04
Last Modified: 28 Mar 2014 07:43
URI: http://scholars.utp.edu.my/id/eprint/5874

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