Tuning the rheological properties of bitumens is extremely important for applicative purposes. This can be achieved by the use of chemical additives tuning the asphaltene-asphaltene and asphaltene-maltene interactions. We propose the use of an epoxy-resin to give more rigid and thermally stable bitumens on the basis of its tendency to form polymeric networks which would bridge asphaltene clusters. Rheometry confirmed this hypothesis and showed that a load of epoxy-resin as low as 0.1% gives the highest rigidity. Atomic Force Microscopy highlighted the structural changes at the basis of the observed effects. The small amount of epoxy resin needed and its low-cost are elements deserving monitoring.
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|Titolo:||Effect of epoxidized soybean oil on mechanical properties of bitumen and aged bitumen|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2018|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|