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Asphalt Binders: Superpave™ Performance Graded (Standard & Modified)
PRI, the first laboratory accredited for SUPERPAVE Performance Graded Binder testing, provides a full suite of tests and evaluations for conventional and modified PG binders including all PG Plus testing methods.

PRI’s state of the art capabilities assures all measures of technical support are readily available for PG binders, regardless of location or governing agency.

Many of the PG specifications have been complemented and supplemented with additional requirements, variances in the actual testing protocols or specification requirements. Please reference the the specific specification to determine these requirements. See our special services section on State Binder Specifications.

A partial listing of our services is noted below.
Specifications
AASHTO AASHTO M 320; Specification for Performance Graded Asphalt Binder Table 1, 2 & 3

ASTM ASTM D 6373; Specification for Performance Graded Asphalt Binder

ASTM - Legacy ASTM D 5840; Polymer Asphalt Cement for Use in Pavement Construction; Type I (SBS); D 5481, Type II (SBR); D 5192, Type III (EVA); D 5329, Type IV (SBS)

State DOT - Idaho Section 702; Asphalt

State DOT - Oregon Standard Specifications for Asphalt Materials – 2004

State DOTs or Other Agencies - Alabama Section 804; Asphalt Materials; 804.02 Performance Graded Binders (PGAB)

State DOTs or Other Agencies - Alaska Section 702; Asphalt Materials

State DOTs or Other Agencies - Arizona Section 1008; Bituminous Materials for Surfacing (1005PG) and Section 1009-Asphalt-Rubber Materials (1005ASRM)

State DOTs or Other Agencies - Arkansas Section 404; Design and Quality Control of Asphalt Mixtures

State DOTs or Other Agencies - California Section 92

State DOTs or Other Agencies - Colorado Section 702; SUPERPAVE™ Performance Graded Binders, CDOT’s Standard Specifications for Road & Bridge Construction

State DOTs or Other Agencies - Connecticut Section M.04; Bituminous Concrete Materials

State DOTs or Other Agencies - Delaware Section 810; Asphalt Cement

State DOTs or Other Agencies - Florida Section 916; Bituminous Materials; 916-1 SUPERPAVE™ Performance Graded Asphalt Binder

State DOTs or Other Agencies - Georgia Section 820; Asphalt Cement

State DOTs or Other Agencies - Hawaii Section 702; Bituminous Material

State DOTs or Other Agencies - Illinois Section 1009; Bituminous Materials

State DOTs or Other Agencies - Indiana Section 902; Asphalt Materials

State DOTs or Other Agencies - Iowa Section 4137; Asphalt Binder

State DOTs or Other Agencies - Kansas Section 1200; Performance Graded Binder

State DOTs or Other Agencies - Kentucky Section 806; Asphalt Materials; 806.03 Performance Graded Binder

State DOTs or Other Agencies - Louisiana Section 1002; Asphalt Materials

State DOTs or Other Agencies - Maine Section 702.01; Division 400 Pavements, 402.2 Materials; Section 702.01 Asphalt Cements

State DOTs or Other Agencies - Maryland Section 904; Performance Graded Asphalt Binders and Hot Mix Asphalt

State DOTs or Other Agencies - Massachusetts Section M3; Bituminous Materials

State DOTs or Other Agencies - Michigan Section 904; Asphaltic Material

State DOTs or Other Agencies - Minnesota Section 2360/2350; Combined Specification, 12/9/04

State DOTs or Other Agencies - Mississippi Section 702; Bituminous Material

State DOTs or Other Agencies - Missouri Section 1015; Bituminous Material

State DOTs or Other Agencies - Montana Section 702.02

State DOTs or Other Agencies - Nebraska Section 503; Performance Graded Binder

State DOTs or Other Agencies - Nevada Section 703; Bituminous Materials

State DOTs or Other Agencies - New Hampshire Section 401; Bituminous Materials

State DOTs or Other Agencies - New Jersey Section 904-01; Asphalt Binder

State DOTs or Other Agencies - New Mexico Section 402; Bituminous Materials

State DOTs or Other Agencies - New York Section 401-2.04; Bituminous Materials

State DOTs or Other Agencies - North Carolina Section 1020-2; Asphalt Binder

State DOTs or Other Agencies - North Dakota Section 818.02; Asphalt Cement

State DOTs or Other Agencies - Ohio Section 908; Bituminous Materials

State DOTs or Other Agencies - Oklahoma Section 708.03; Asphalt Materials

State DOTs or Other Agencies - Pennsylvania Section 409; Bituminous Materials

State DOTs or Other Agencies - Rhode Island Section M.03.02; Materials

State DOTs or Other Agencies - South Carolina Section 401.02; Asphalt Binders & Additives

State DOTs or Other Agencies - South Dakota Section 890.2 (D); Asphalt Materials

State DOTs or Other Agencies - Tennessee Section 904.01; Subsection

State DOTs or Other Agencies - Texas Section 300; Asphalt Materials

State DOTs or Other Agencies - Utah Section 2745; Asphalt Materials

State DOTs or Other Agencies - Vermont Section 702; Asphalt Materials

State DOTs or Other Agencies - Virginia Section 210; Asphalt Materials

State DOTs or Other Agencies - Washington State Section 2-Sep; Bituminous Materials

State DOTs or Other Agencies - Washington, DC Section 802; Bituminous Materials

State DOTs or Other Agencies - West Virginia Section 705.5; Bituminous Materials

State DOTs or Other Agencies - Wisconsin Section 401-2.3; Bituminous Materials

State DOTs or Other Agencies - Wyoming Section 400; Bituminous Materials
Individual Test Methods or Properties Test Method
Accelerated Weathering /Aging AASHTO R 28; Practice for Accelerated Aging of Asphalt Binder Using a Pressurized Aging Vessel (PAV)

Accelerated Weathering /Aging ASTM D 6521; Practice for Accelerated Aging of Asphalt Binder Using a Pressurized Aging Vessel (PAV)

Compatibility ASTM D 5976; Specification for Type I Polymer Modified Asphalt Cement for Use in Pavement Construction

Creep Stiffness AASHTO T 313; Determining the Flexural Creep Stiffness of Asphalt Binders Using the Bending Beam Rheometer (BBR)

Creep Stiffness ASTM D 6648; Determining the Flexural Creep Stiffness of Asphalt Binder Using the Bending Beam Rheometer (BBR)

Direct Tension AASHTO T 314; Determining Fracture Properties of Asphalt Binders in Direct Tension (DTT)

Direct Tension ASTM D 6723; Determining Fracture Properties of Asphalt Binder in Direct Tension (DTT)

Ductility AASHTO T 51; Test Method for Ductility of Bituminous Materials

Ductility ASTM D 113; Ductility of Bituminous Materials

Dynamic Shear AASHTO T 315; Determining the Rheological Properties of Asphalt Binders Using a Dynamic Shear Rheometer

Dynamic Shear ASTM D 7175; Determining Properties of Asphalt Binder Using a Dynamic Shear Rheometer (DSR)

Dynamic Shear BS 2000-536:2005; Determination of Complex Shear Modulus and Phase Angle- Dynamic Shear Rheometer

Dynamic Shear EN 14770:2005; Determination of Complex Shear Modulus and Phase Angle- Dynamic Shear Rheometer

Dynamic Shear CA DOT Test 381; Method of Determination of Asphalt Binder Properties Using Dynamic Shear Rheometer (DSR)

Elastic Recovery AASHTO T 301; Elastic Recovery of Asphalt Materials by Means of a Ductilometer

Elastic Recovery ASTM D 6084; Elastic Recovery Test of Bituminous Materials by Means of a Ductilometer

Elastic Recovery (State DOT) State DOTs; Refer to State DOT Binder Specification, there are 11 variations of T 301 and D 6084

Flash Point (COC) EN 22592 (b); Flash and Fire Points by Cleveland Open Cup

Flash Point, Cleveland Open Cup (COC) AASHTO T 48; Flash and Fire Points by Cleveland Open Cup Tester

Flash Point, Cleveland Open Cup (COC) ASTM D 92; Flash and Fire Points by Cleveland Open Cup

Flash Point, Pensky-Martens ASTM D 93; Flash Point by Pensky-Martens Closed Cup Tester

Fluorescence Microscopy PRI

Fluorescence Microscopy Shell Chemical

Force Ductility State DOTs; Refer to State DOT Binder Specification

Force Ratio AASHTO T 300; Force Ductility Test of Bituminous Materials

Fraass Breaking Point EN 12593; Temperature Below Which Bitumen Tends to Break Rather than Flow Under Some Mechanical Constraints

Heat Loss (Oven Loss) ASTM D 6; Loss on Heating of Oil and Asphaltic Compounds

Identification of TLA ASTM D 6608; Practice for Identification of Trinidad Lake Asphalt in Asphalt Mixes

Moisture - Aggregates ASTM D 1864; Moisture in Mineral Aggregate Used on Built-Up-Roofs

Multiple Stress Creep & Recovery AASHTO TP 70-07; Multiple Stress Creep Recovery Test of Asphalt Binders using A Dynamic Shear Rheometer (MSCR)

Penetration AASHTO T 49; Test Method for Penetration of Bituminous Materials

Penetration ASTM D 5; Test Method for Penetration of Bituminous Materials

Penetration EN 1426; Penetration of Bituminous Materials

Resilience ASTM D 5329; Test Methods for Sealants and Fillers, Hot Applied, for Joints and Cracks in Asphaltic and Portland Cement Concrete Pavements

Rolling Thin Film Oven Test (RTFOT) AASHTO T 240; Test Method for Effect of Heat and Air on a Moving Film of Asphalt (RTFOT Method)

Rolling Thin Film Oven Test (RTFOT) ASTM D 2872; Test Method for Effect of Heat and Air on a Moving Film of Asphalt (RTFOT Method)

SBS Content AASHTO T 302; Polymer Content of Polymer-Modified Emulsified Asphalt and Residue and Asphalt Binders (calibration curve required)

SBS Presence PRI TM-031; Quantitative Analysis of Asphalts for Styrene-Butadiene Styrene Copolymer (SBS) by FT-IR

Separation Test ASTM D 7173; Determining Separation Tendency of Polymer from Polymer Modified Asphalt

Sieve Test OH DOT 908 H; Test Method for Determining Undispersed Polymer by Hot Sieving

Sieve Test NV DOT T 730; Test Method for Determining Undispersed Polymer by Hot Sieving

Sieve Test TN DOT; Test Method for Determining Undispersed Polymer by Hot Sieving

Sieve Test NV DOT T 730; Test Method for Determining Undispersed Polymer by Hot Sieving

Smoke Point FL DOT FM 5-519; Determination of Smoke Point by Cleveland Open Cup Tester

Softening Point AASHTO T 53; Softening Point of Bitumen (Ring and Ball Apparatus)

Softening Point ASTM D 36; Softening Point of Bitumen (Ring & Ball Apparatus)

Softening Point EN 1427; Softening Point of Bitumen

Solubility in TCE ASTM D 2042; Solubility of Asphalt Materials in Trichloroethylene (also other solvents)

Solubility in TCE EN 12592; Solubility of Asphalt Material in Trichloroethylene (also other solvents)

Solubility in TCE AASHTO T 44; Solubility of Asphalt Materials in Trichloroethylene

Solubility of Modified Asphalts ASTM D 5546; Test Method for Solubility of Polymer-Modified Asphalt Materials in 1,1,1-Trichloroethane

Specific Gravity ASTM D 70; Density of Semi-Solid Bituminous Materials (pycnometer method)

Specific Gravity AASHTO T 228; Density of Semi-Solid Bituminous Materials (pycnometer method)

Tensile Strength ASTM D 412; Test Method for Vulcanized Rubber and Thermoplastic Elastomers- Tension

Tensile Stress LA DOT

Thin Film Oven Test (TFOT) EN 12607-2; Effects of Heat and Air on Asphaltic Materials

Thin Film Oven Test (TFOT) ASTM D 1754; Test Method for Effects of Heat and Air on Asphaltic Materials (Thin Film Oven Method)

Thin Film Oven Test (TFOT) AASHTO T 179; Test Method for Effects of Heat and Air on Asphaltic Materials (Thin Film Oven Method)

Torsional Recovery CO DOT

Toughness & Tenacity ASTM D 5801; Toughness and Tenacity of Bituminous Materials

Viscosity, Absolute / Dynamic EN 12596; Viscosity of Asphalt by Capillary Viscometer

Viscosity, Absolute / Dynamic ASTM D 2171; Viscosity of Asphalts by Vacuum Capillary Viscometer

Viscosity, Kinematic EN 12595; Kinematic Viscosity of Asphalts

Viscosity, Kinematic AASHTO T 201; Test Method for Kinematic Viscosity of Asphalts

Viscosity, Kinematic ASTM D 2170; Test Method for Kinematic Viscosity of Asphalts

Viscosity, Rotational ASTM D 2196 (Modified); Rheological Properties of Non-Newtonian Material by Rotational (Brookfield type) Viscometer

Viscosity, Rotational ASTM D 4402; Viscosity Determinations of Unfilled Asphalts Using the Brookfield Thermosel Apparatus

Viscosity, Rotational AASHTO T 316; Viscosity Determination of Asphalt Binders using Rotational Viscometer

Water Content AASHTO T 55; Test Method for Water in petroleum Products and Bituminous Materials by Distillation

Water Content ASTM D 95; Test Method for Water in petroleum Products and Bituminous Materials by Distillation
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