The compatibility potential of rejuvenators plays an important role in improving the blending degree of rejuvenated bitumen. This study aims at estimating the efficiency of molecular dynamics (MD) simulation in predicting the compatibility between rejuvenators and aged binders, and exploring the influence of rejuvenator type, aging degree of bitumen, and temperature on the compatibility potential. The thermal stability of rejuvenated binders is evaluated to validate the compatibility prediction, and the underlying mechanism for the thermal stability difference between rejuvenators and aged bitumen is explained with the atomic‐scale parameters. The results revealed that the ranking on predicted compatibility and experimentally measured thermal stability for four rejuvenators is the same as AO > BO > NO > EO. The thermodynamic parameters of solubility parameter difference Δδ, Flory‐ Huggins parameter χ, and mixing free energy ΔGm are efficient to estimate the compatibility potential of various rejuvenators with aged bitumen. Moreover, the separation index (SI) parameters based on rheological and chemical indices are available to assess the thermal stability of rejuvenated bitumen. At the molecular scale, the compatibility and thermal stability issues between rejuvenators and aged bitumen are complicated and related to different aspects of the intermolecular interaction, dispersion degree, and molecular mobility.
|Number of pages||1|
|Publication status||Published - 2022|
|Event||59th Petersen Asphalt Research Conference - University of Wyoming Gateway Center, Laramie, United States|
Duration: 19 Jul 2022 → 21 Jul 2022
Conference number: 59
|Conference||59th Petersen Asphalt Research Conference|
|Period||19/07/22 → 21/07/22|
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