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Developing a laboratory protocol for asphalt binder recovery.
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    FHWA/VCTIR 15-R7
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    Asphalt binder extraction and recovery are common laboratory procedures used to provide material for research and quality

    assurance testing. The most common methods of recovery performed today include the Abson method and the rotary evaporator

    (or Rotavap) method. The purpose of this study was to compare the Rotavap method proposed for use at the asphalt binder

    laboratory of the Virginia Center for Transportation Innovation and Research to the Abson method currently in use at the asphalt

    materials laboratory of the Virginia Department of Transportation Materials Division to provide for continuity in test results.

    Blank determinations were produced, recovered, and tested to provide comparative data for the two methods of recovery.

    In addition, base binders used in the production of the blank determinations were tested under the same conditioning protocols as

    those for the recovered binder to provide baseline data. Analysis of the test data indicated that using both the Rotavap and Abson

    methods affected the resultant binder properties; however, the impacts were similar for both methods. There were few significant

    differences between the test results using the two methods, and neither method was found to result in any change in the resultant

    binder grade of a recovered binder as compared to that of the base binder.

    Based on these findings, it was concluded that the Rotavap method provides recovered binders that are comparable to those

    recovered using the Abson method. It was recommended that VCTIR continue to use the Rotavap method to recover binders and

    proceed with efforts to become accredited by the AASHTO Materials Reference Laboratory in the use of Rotavap recovery.

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