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ASTM D6608-12

ASTM D6608-12

Standard Practice for the Identification of Trinidad Lake Asphalt in Asphalt Mixes

2020-11-06 /Historical
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4.1 Bitumen contains sulfur compounds most of which are removed during refining, the resulting asphalt cement also contains sulfur compounds which are released at the temperatures above 230°C . Trinidad Lake Modified Asphalt contains sulfur compounds, which are released at lower temperatures between 170°C and 230°C . The release of sulfur from Trinidad Lake Modified Asphalt tarnishes the copper strip and appears to be related directly to the total TLA content. The copper strip test is designed to assess the qualitative presence of TLA in asphalt cements.


1.1 This practice shall be used for the qualitative determination of Trinidad Lake Asphalt in Trinidad Lake Modified Asphalt Cements obtained from production blends or recovered binder from asphalt paving mixtures.

1.2 The values stated is SI units are to be regarded as standard. No other units of measurement are included in this standard

1.3 It is limited to the binder content of Trinidad Lake Modified Asphalt (Specification D5710) used in the construction of asphalt pavements.

1.4 Warning—Mercury has been designated by the United States Environmental Protection Agency and many state agencies as a hazardous material that can cause central nervous system, kidney and liver damage. Mercury, or its vapor, may be hazardous to health and corrosive to materials. Caution should be taken when handling mercury and mercury containing products. See the applicable Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) for details and EPA’s website— mercury/index.htm—for additional information. Users should be aware that selling mercury and/or mercury containing products into your state may be prohibited by state law.

1.5 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.

asphalt mix; copper strip finish; copper tarnishing; sulfur compound; Trinidad Lake Asphalt
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