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posted on 2019-06-10, 18:38 authored by Harsh PatelHarsh Patel
Recent research developments have indicated that asphalt mixture durability and pavement life can be increased by modifying the Superpave asphalt mixture design method to achieve an in-place density of 95%, 2% higher than the conventional density requirements of approximately 93% (7% air voids content). Doing so requires increasing the design air voids content to 5% from the conventional requirement of 4 percent. After successful laboratory testing of this modified mixture design method, known as Superpave 5, two controlled field trials and one full scale demonstration project, the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) let 12 trial projects across the six INDOT districts based on the design method. The Purdue University research team was tasked with observing the implementation of the Superpave 5 mixture design method, documenting the construction and completing an in-depth analysis of the quality control and quality assurance (QC/QA) data obtained from the projects. QC/QA data for each construction project were examined using various statistical metrics to determine construction performance with respect to INDOT Superpave 5 specifications. The data indicate that, on average, the contractors achieved 5% laboratory air voids, which coincides with the Superpave 5 recommendation of 5% laboratory air voids. However, on average, the as-constructed in-place density of 93.8% is roughly 1% less than the INDOT Superpave 5 specification. The findings of this study will benefit the future implementation of this modified mixture design method.


Degree Type

  • Master of Science in Civil Engineering


  • Civil Engineering

Campus location

  • West Lafayette

Advisor/Supervisor/Committee Chair

John Haddock

Advisor/Supervisor/Committee co-chair

Reyhaneh Rahbar-Rastegar

Additional Committee Member 2

Jan Olek