Asphalt Testing

Asphalt Density Testing All on site and laboratory testing carried out from temperature measurement to texture depth and from sample analysis to wheel tracking.

An asphalt test is a type of materials test conducted for the purpose of learning more about a sample of asphalt. Asphalt testing is performed for a variety of reasons both on site and in the laboratory, to analyze samples of asphalt using both destructive and nondestructive means.

One common reason to conduct an asphalt test is for quality control and consistency reasons. The test is used to confirm that the asphalt contains the materials it is supposed to contain, and that the asphalt being produced by a company is of a uniform nature.

Asphalt testing can also be used to check asphalt to confirm that it is safe for the recommended application, or to inspect asphalt in the wake of a road failure or similar incident to find out why the asphalt did not withstand normal use.

Asphalt layingSome properties which can be explored include viscosity, ductility, cracking, and penetration.

Asphalt testing can also be used to examine the binder used in the material, both independently and in an asphalt mix.

During an asphalt test, the components of the asphalt are usually identified as well.

Testing can include the use of equipment which is designed to rapidly age asphalt to see how it will hold up over several years, and equipment which puts tremendous pressure on asphalt which is designed to simulate conditions such as those found on major routes.