- IRC: SP 11—1988 (Appendix -5), ASTM ID 2172.
- To determine the binder content in the asphalt mix by cold solvent extraction
- Balance of capacity 500 gram and sensitivity 0.Olgrams.
- Thermostatically controlled oven with capacity up to 250°C.
- Beaker for collecting extracted material.
- Take exactly 500 grams of representative sample and place in the bowl of extraction apparatus (WI).
- Add benzene to the sample until it is completely submerged.
- Dry and weigh the filter paper and place it over the bowl of the extraction apparatus containing the sample (F1).
- Clamp the cover of the bowl tightly.
- Place a beaker under the drainpipe to collect the extract
- Sufficient time (not more than an hour) is allowed for the solvent to disintegrate the sample before running the centrifuge.
- Run the centrifuge slowly and then gradually increase the speed to a maximum of 3600 rpm
- Maintain the same speed till the solvent ceases to flow from the drainpipe.
- Run the centrifuge until the bitumen and benzene are drained out completely.
- Stop the machine, remove the cover and add 200m1 of benzene to the material in the extraction bowl and the extraction is done in the same process as described above.
- Repeat the same process not less than three times till the extraction is clear and not darker than a light straw colour.
- Collect the material from the bowl of the extraction machine along with the filter paper and thy it to constant weight in the oven at a temperature of 105°C to 110°C and cool to room temperature.
- Weigh the material ( W2) and the filter paper (F2) separately to an accuracy of 0.Olgrams.
Percentage of binder in the total mix = W1—(W2+W3) / W1 * 100
W1 = Weight of sample taken
W2 = Weight of sample after extraction
W3 = Increased weight of filter paper ( F2— F1)
- The result obtained shall be reported as the percentage of binder content in the mix to the nearest second decimal.
DETERMINATION OF BINDER CONTENT AND SIEVE ANALYSIS FOR ASPHALT MIX
IRC: SP 11-1988 (Appendix -5)
|Weight of the sample ( W1 ) grams.|
|Initial weight of the filter paper ( F1 ) grams|
|Weight of aggregate after extraction ( W2 ) grams|
|Weight of filter paper after extraction with fine materials ( F2 )|
% Binder content = W1- ( W2+W3 )/W1× 100
|Weight of the sample after the extraction in gms: 0.00gms|
Weight retained in gms
% weight of retained in gms
% cumulative wt. retained