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Performance Evaluation of Waste Polyethylene and PVC on Hot Asphalt Mixtures

Md. Nobinur Rahman1,, Mohammad Ahmeduzzaman2, M. A. Sobhan1, T. U. Ahmed1

1Department of Civil Engineering, Rajshahi University of Engineering & Technology, Rajshahi, Bangladesh

2Department of Civil Engineering, Stamford University Bangladesh, Dhaka, Bangladesh

American Journal of Civil Engineering and Architecture. 2013, 1(5), 97-102. DOI: 10.12691/ajcea-1-5-2
Published online: August 25, 2017

Abstract

Since the forefront invention of Polyethylene and Polyvinyl chloride (PVC), it has been spasmodically used in every possible purpose which is biologically non-degradable and has a blimp environmental problem leading astringent environmental impact. Nevertheless, for such property of sustainability the polyethylene and PVC have been reused in the field of transportation engineering for enhancing the property of asphalt binder, since for having a desirable binding property. At the same time the recycling of waste polyethylene and PVC can save disposal sites and reduce the amount of inert drawn from quarries. In this investigation, waste polyethylene and PVC as the sort of polymer is used to investigate the potential prospects to enhance asphalt mixture properties and to check the design criteria of asphalt mixture using this two modifier at optimum binder content. The investigation concentrated on the test of modified binder properties and Marshall mix design was used, first to determine the optimum binder content and then further to test the modified mixture properties. The tests include the determination of unit weight, stability, flow and voids characteristics. Some of the measured properties of asphalt mixture with the modifier used in this study were within the acceptable recommended limits. On the basis of experimental results, it is concluded that the asphalt mixtures with waste polyethylene modifier up to 10% and waste PVC modifier up to 7.5% can be used for flexible pavement construction in a warmer region from the standpoint of stability, stiffness and voids characteristics.

Keywords:

waste polyethylene, hot asphalt mixtures, Marshall test, voids characteristics, optimum binder content
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