An Experimental Study of Adhesion Between Aggregate Minerals and Asphalt Binders Using Particle Probe Scanning Force Microscopy

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Accurate determination of adhesion between asphalt binders and aggregates is essential to the performance of pavement structures. In this study, particle probe scanning force microscopy was used to measure the adhesion between mineral microspheres representing the primary aggregate constituents and various control and modified binders. Average unit surface energies were applied to distinguish adhesion between various aggregate-binder pairs. Results showed that the alumina-binder pair exhibited higher adhesion than those of silica-binder and calcium carbonate-binder pairs. Microstructure variations were also detected for different modified binders that could lead to the adhesion differences.


Adhesion Aggregates Asphalt binder Modifier Pavement Particle probe scanning force microscopy 



This study was supported by the College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences at the University of Vermont (UVM). The authors would like to sincerely thank the Agency of Vermont Transportation for their support. We sincerely thank ICL Performance Company for providing PPA specimens, Bitumar Company for providing the SBS specimens, and Ultrapave Company for providing the SBR specimens. Appreciation is also extended to the UVM microscopy imaging center for the assistance of image characterization.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Civil and Environmental EngineeringThe University of VermontBurlingtonUSA
  2. 2.Physics DepartmentThe University of VermontBurlingtonUSA

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