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This additive reverses the effects of aging in recycled asphalt pavement

By Mary Page Bailey |

A new rejuvenator technology aims to improve the chemistry and service life of recycled asphalt pavement (RAP). The Invigorate additive, developed by Colorbiotics (Ames, Iowa; www.colorbiotics.com) based on Iowa State University research (www.iastate.edu), helps overcome issues with asphaltene aggregation and oxidation, which occur as RAP ages, and enables mixtures with more recycled content. “When asphalt ages, oxygen becomes permanently fused to the surfaces of asphaltene agglomerates. This accounts for a large part of cracking susceptibility and also impacts the ability of RAP to mix well with virgin asphalt concrete (AC) at a molecular level. Invigorate’s solvency breaks apart these agglomerates, and its chemical functionality permanently binds to the oxidized sites. The Invigorate-asphaltene complexes are more compatible with the virgin AC and are stabilized against reagglomeration,” explains Eric Cochran, professor of chemical and biological engineering at Iowa State. Produced from soybean-oil feedstock, Invigorate is unique in the marketplace in that it triggers chemical reactions within the RAP, rather than acting superficially, and is able to balance viscosity, solvency and reactivity to aggressively target oxidized…
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