Asphalt Binder Tests & Specifications

2020 - 2021 On-line Individual: $160.00

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As a result of a considerable, nation-wide research effort to improve Hot Mix Asphalt (HMA) pavement performance, a Superior Performing Asphalt Pavement (Superpave) system was developed. A major component of the Superpave ideology was to improve asphalt binder performance so that both resistance to rutting during hot temperatures as well as resistance to cracking in cold temperatures would be improved. Binder tests were also elevated beyond the empirical tests used in the past to more appropriate performance-based tests. Climate data from weather stations across the continent were used to determine needed binder performance grades that would perform well under a wide range of temperature conditions. Pavements throughout the nation were selected and evaluated to develop a Long-Term Pavement Performance (LTPP) database that could be used by owner/agencies to determine the most appropriate binder for specific geographical locations. This training session will review previous binder tests, and explain the basis for the Superpave binder performance grading system. An exam is offered that will test the participant's knowledge of key elements in regard to binder testing procedures and specifications.


$12 flat rate shipping per order available in the U.S. (excluding Hawaii and Alaska)

Fee: $160.00
Hours:2.00
CEUs:0.20

Fee Breakdown

CategoryDescriptionAmount
Course Fee (Basic)2020 - 2021 On-line Individual$ 160.00
Course Fee (Alternate)2020 - 2021 DVD Individual$ 180.00

Pamela Turner

Pamela Turner received her Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Kentucky in 1996. While attending UK, she worked as a co-op student at the Asphalt Institute laboratory. After completing her degree, she accepted a full time position with the Asphalt Institute as a Materials Engineer, focusing primarily on asphalt binder testing. She joined the NCAT staff as a laboratory engineer in March, 2004. Pamela is experienced in all aspects of asphalt binder testing, including conventional test methods and the Superpave system. She has participated in many research projects, both at the national level and for private clients and has supervised the everyday activities of one of the premier asphalt binder testing facilities in the country. Pamela is also familiar with the Superpave mix design system, Superpave performance tests, and has considerable experience with laboratory performance testing equipment such as the MTS, AMPT, IDT, and many other asphalt-related tests.

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