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Evaluating the fracture behaviour of bitumen emulsion mortar mixtures

Monday, 21 July 2014

A research objective was to evaluate the fracture behaviour of bitumen emulsion mortar (BEM) mixtures in terms of their ductility/brittleness.

Scientists have analysed bitumen emulsion mortar mixtures

Source: Lucastor - Fotolia.com

Scientists have analysed bitumen emulsion mortar mixtures

Source: Lucastor - Fotolia.com

The specimens with different bitumen emulsions and contents were subjected to the indirect tensile test after 7, 28, and 84 days of curing.

Specific fracture work increased

The results showed an increase in the specific fracture work over time, while the deformation energy first significantly increased and then decreased to a relatively low level. The deformation energy to total deformation energy-ratio was identified as the most suitable to characterise the fracture behaviour. The adhesion between the binder and the sand in the localised contact regions was assumed to be established faster, which enabled the specimen ductility in the first weeks of curing, while the final binder viscosity achieved by the water evaporation influenced the clearly brittle fracture after three months.

The study is published in: Construction and Building Materials, Volume 62, 15 July 2014, Pages 126-134.

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