Comparison Study between Marshall and Superpave Mix Design Methods
Keywords:Superpave System, Marshal System, Mix design, Asphalt Pavement
In Iraq most of the highways are paved with asphalt concrete mixtures, and they are typically designed for a design life of 20 years. However, the general performance of these pavements was not satisfied, and they have lasted for shorter periods than the design life age. A decrease in life age occurs especially for the pavements exposed to severe conditions and substantial traffic loadings. The key factor for a better performance of the flexible pavement is considered to be the qualities and quantities of the asphalt concrete ingredients which are governed by the design of the mixtures. To do so, the most common methods are Hveem and Marshal methods so far. However, a new method has been developed by Strategic Highway Research Program (SHRP) under the name of Superpave which is claimed to have better performance than the aforementioned methods. It has been proven in the literature that the performance of Superpave is better than Marshall in terms exposure to high loads and severe change of temperature. Therefore, this paper tries to illustrate the main differences between the two methods in the mix design by comparing them to each other.
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