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Polymer modified asphalt

Polymer Modified Asphalt (PMA) is an enhanced form of asphalt used in road construction and maintenance that incorporates polymers into the asphalt mix to improve performance. Standard asphalt, derived from the petroleum refining process, can be prone to various performance issues such as cracking in cold temperatures, softening in hot temperatures, and degradation from ultraviolet light and chemical exposure. The integration of polymers, which are large, molecule chains made up of repeating subunits, helps to address these problems.

By adding polymers, the physical properties of the asphalt are significantly improved. This leads to increased resistance to deformation during high temperatures, enhanced flexibility at low temperatures, and greater resilience to fatigue, which means the roads can withstand heavier traffic loads and more environmental wear and tear. The types of polymers used include styrene-butadiene-styrene (SBS), ethylene-vinyl acetate (EVA), and polyethylene. The specific choice of polymer depends on the intended application and desired properties.

PMA is especially beneficial in areas with extreme weather conditions, heavy traffic, or where long-lasting, durable roadways are particularly necessary. Their enhanced performance characteristics can lead to longer pavement life and reduced maintenance costs over time, offsetting the initial higher cost of PMA compared to conventional asphalt.

For more information about Polymer Modified Asphalt, you can refer to the following sources:

1. Asphalt Institute: The Asphalt Institute is a U.S. based association of international members with the goal of promoting asphalt use and quality standards. They offer a wealth of information, including technical publications and research on Polymer Modified Asphalt.

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2. National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA): NAPA is a trade association that represents the interests of the asphalt pavement material producer and paving contractor on the national level. Their website provides resources and information about different types of asphalt, including Polymer Modified Asphalt.

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