The National Academies

NCHRP IDEA 20-30/IDEA 017 [Completed (IDEA)]

Development of a Self-Contained Portable Device for SHRP Binder Testing: Field QC/QA Testing with the Duomorph
[ NCHRP 20-30 (NCHRP-IDEA) ]

  Project Data
Staff Responsibility: Dr. Inam Jawed

The project developed a portable field device (Duomorph) for testing asphalt binder properties that will complement the SHRP (Strategic Highway Research Program) dynamic and bending beam rheometers. Figure 1 shows typical Duomorph assemblies. The research was intended to improve and refine Duomorph technology by using new piezoelectric materials, sensors, improved digital technology, newer electronic equipment, and finite element modeling to make and validate a self-contained portable device for field use at temperatures ranging from -28°C to +80°C, the Superpave range of temperature. In Stage 1, a Duomorph testing system (Duomorph Asphalt Rheology Test or DART) was assembled and shakedown tests were performed in the laboratory using SHRP reference asphalt binders. The tests have demonstrated that the DART system is durable and provides data that compare well with standard SHRP equipment. A 2-inch gauge size appears satisfactory for testing. Stage 2 work performed a functional testing system and extensive experimentation to establish operational characteristics at various temperatures as required in SHRP binder specifications. A supplemental award (NCHRP-IDEA Project 41) has been made for further refinement of the device and for field testing and demonstration to state highway agencies. The final report is available from the National Technical Information Service (NTIS # PB97-143879).

To create a link to this page, use this URL: http://apps.trb.org/cmsfeed/TRBNetProjectDisplay.asp?ProjectID=1992