Molecular Dynamic Investigations on the Adhesion Behaviors of Asphalt Mastic–Aggregate Interface

dc.contributor.authorXu, Wenyi
dc.contributor.authorQiu, Xin
dc.contributor.authorXiao, Shanglin
dc.contributor.authorHu, Ganghua
dc.contributor.authorWang, Feng
dc.contributor.authorYuan, Jie
dc.description.abstractThe asphalt mastic–aggregate interface plays an essential role in determining the service performance of asphalt mixtures. The objective of this paper was to investigate the adhesion behaviors and mechanism between asphalt mastic and aggregate based on molecular dynamic (MD) simulations. First, the asphalt mastic model considering the actual mass ratio of filler to asphalt (F/A) condition was established and validated in terms of thermodynamic properties. Second, the molecular arrangement characteristics of polar components on the aggregate substrate were analyzed by radial distribution function (RDF), relative concentration (RC), and mean square displacement (MSD). Third, the interfacial adhesion ability between asphalt and aggregate was quantitively evaluated based on the work of adhesion. Finally, the coupling effect of moisture and temperature on interfacial adhesion behaviors was investigated to explore the adhesion failure characteristics of the asphalt–aggregate interface. The results demonstrate that the thermodynamic properties could be employed to validate the reliability of the asphalt mastic model. The self-aggregation degree of polar components in base asphalt could be significantly increased with the addition of silica particles, exhibiting a change of configuration from “parallel arrangement” into “stack distribution” due to the high polarity of silica particles. The polar components in asphalt mastic exhibit a more uniform distribution state and lower mobility capability than base asphalt owing to the adsorption effect of silica particles. Silica particles with amounts of residual charges could significantly increase the electrostatic energy of the asphalt mastic–aggregate interface, contributing to an improvement of the adhesion between asphalt mastic and aggregate. The increase of temperature enhances the work of adhesion of the asphalt mastic–aggregate interface, which is opposite to that of the base asphalt–aggregate interface. The asphalt mastic exhibits a greater sensitivity to interfacial moisture damage than base asphalt. The findings would provide insights into a better understanding on the micro adhesion mechanism of the asphalt mastic–aggregate interface.
dc.format.extent23 pages
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dc.identifier.citationXu, W., Qiu, X., Xiao, S., Hu, G., Wang, F., & Yuan, J. (2020). Molecular dynamic investigations on the adhesion behaviors of asphalt mastic–aggregate interface. Materials, 13(22), 5061.
dc.publisherMultidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute
dc.rights.holder© 2020 The Authors.
dc.rights.licenseThis work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
dc.sourceMaterials, 2020, Vol. 13, No. 22, Article 5061.
dc.subjectasphalt-aggregate interface
dc.subjectasphalt mastic
dc.subjectmolecular dynamic
dc.subjectmolecular arrangement
dc.subjectmoisture damage
dc.subjectIngram School of Engineering
dc.titleMolecular Dynamic Investigations on the Adhesion Behaviors of Asphalt Mastic–Aggregate Interface


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