Assessment of Effectiveness of Rejuvenators on Artificially Aged Mortar

Yuan Zhang, Martin F C van de Ven, Andre A A Molenaar, Shaopeng Wu

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A preventive maintenance strategy of spraying rejuvenators on asphalt pavement surfaces is being considered as a cost-effective and environmentally sustainable option to extend the service life of existing asphalt concrete pavements. Rejuvenators might penetrate into the asphalt concrete and soften (rejuvenate) the bituminous binder. In this paper, the rejuvenation effectiveness of two rejuvenators on an artificially aged mortar is assessed. Cylindrical mortar specimens were prepared from the artificially aged mortar and then treated by the rejuvenators. The rheological and shear fatigue properties of the reference and treated mortar specimens were measured using dynamic shear tests. Meantime, a three-dimensional column model was created to investigate the dynamic shear test's capability of detecting the rheological properties of a composite column with a soft material in its outer part and a stiff material in its inner part. From finite-element modeling, it is found that the shear modulus of the composite column is higher than that of the soft material and lower than that of the stiff material. However, the results of the dynamic shear tests show that the two rejuvenators did not decrease the complex shear modulus of the artificially aged mortar. In addition, the two rejuvenators did not change the shear fatigue life of the artificially aged mortar.

Original languageEnglish
Article number04016079
Pages (from-to)1-8
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Materials in Civil Engineering
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2016


  • Artificially aged mortar
  • Dynamic shear test
  • Finite-element modeling
  • Rejuvenator
  • Rheological properties
  • Shear fatigue properties

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