Rheologica Acta

, Volume 57, Issue 4, pp 349–359 | Cite as

Dali’s melted pocket watch and the behavior of polymer modified asphalt binders

  • Martin Jasso
  • Jiri Stastna
Original Contribution


Retardation and relaxation spectra of modified asphalt binders with nonlinear time, or in other words a stretched exponential function of time, were used for the description of accumulated compliance in the repeated creep and recovery test, as well as in transient shear flows such as startup flow. The experimental results were successfully fitted to the accumulated compliance function as well as to the stress (stress growth coefficient) in transient shear flows of several polymer-modified asphalt binders. The concept of stretched time exponential, used in this contribution, seems to be useful for the description of nonlinear behavior of modified asphalt binders and hence possibly more generally to describe other complex materials.


Retardation/relaxation spectra Stretched exponential Creep and transient flow Polymer-modified asphalt 



The authors would like to acknowledge Husky Energy Inc. for its financial support of this work. Our thanks also go to Prof. M. Stastna and Ms. K. Stastna BA for their help helpful discussions regarding this manuscript.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Civil Engineering, Schulich School of EngineeringUniversity of CalgaryCalgaryCanada

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