A Study on the Modification of Asphalt with Light

빛에 의한 아스팔트 개질에 관한 연구

  • 강현승 (수원대학교 신소재공학과) ;
  • 홍영근 (수원대학교 신소재공학과)
  • Published : 2009.03.30


Recently, much attention has focused on the permanent deformation of roads in hot summer and cracks in cold winter, which are detrimental to safe driving. This leads to necessity of modification of asphalt to resist those deformation. In this study, a type of modified asphalt was prepared by addition of a photoinitiator which is activated by ultraviolet lay. The mechanical and rheololgical properties of photoinitiator-modified asphalt were examined using UTM and rheometer. Results showed that the modified asphalt was effected by ultraviolet and thus tensile strength and storage modulus increased, due to molecular attraction, with initiator content and irradiation dose. Thermal analysis showed less weight loss upon photoinitiator-modification and this indicated that the molecular attraction is the result of cross linking reaction between asphalt molecules induced by photoinitiator. According to long term ultraviolet curing test, properties of the photoinitiator-modified asphalt did not decrease or even increase for 20 years. This indicates that useful life of the asphalt could be extended by addition of photoinitiator.


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