Natural Gilsonite is one of the things that makes asphalt so durable. Asphalt is a black tar-like substance found on roads, driveways, and even rooftops. It is a vital material used in the construction industry for various reasons. It is very important to pave roads, build parking lots and strengthen the foundations of buildings. In this article, we will discuss how to use natural gilsonite in asphalt.
Gilsonite is first heated to become a molten liquid and then added to the asphalt mixture. Molten gilsonite is added to the asphalt mixture to increase its adhesive properties. It works by binding the different components of the asphalt mixture. Due to this property, the asphalt produced with Gilsonite has a higher resistance to grooves and cracks.
Asphalt made with Gilsonite is highly resistant to high temperatures and harsh weather conditions that may cause the asphalt material to fail. It can withstand high temperature fluctuations between summer and winter and is ideal in areas that experience extreme weather conditions, such as Arizona and New Mexico.
Gilsonite produces dark, high-quality asphalt that is more durable than traditional asphalt. Adding Gilsonite to the asphalt mixture improves its durability by providing high strength and elasticity. High tensile strength means that it can withstand tensile forces, thus preventing cracking. Asphalt lasts longer and reduces the need for frequent maintenance.
The appearance of natural gilsonite is shown in the figure below.
Natural gilsonite is widely used in the construction industry due to its unique properties. It can be used in hot and cold mix asphalt and is an environmentally friendly approach to road and pavement construction. Natural minerals are also a renewable resource that can be extracted sustainably without causing environmental degradation.
Gilsonite has a low level of toxicity that makes it safe to use. This property makes it an ideal material for road construction, as it poses no threat to humans, animals or the environment. Also, asphalt samples modified with different percentages of gilsonite show better fatigue performance compared to other asphalt samples.
Because as a result of mixing tar with natural gilsonite, the acidic properties of bitumen go towards non-polar properties, which causes the formation of more non-polar bonds between bitumen and aggregate in asphalt.
An increase in the percentage of natural bitumen at both 5 and 45 °C has increased the fatigue life of asphalt mixtures. Fatigue life of samples mixed with gilsonite at 5 degrees Celsius is very different from the performance of control mixtures at the same temperature.