A thermodynamically compatible model for describing the response of asphalt binders Academic Article uri icon


  • 2014 Taylor & Francis. In this paper, we develop a model from a thermodynamic standpoint that seems capable of describing the nonlinear response of asphalt binders. We test the efficacy of the model by comparing its predictions against two different sets of torsion experiments on asphalt binders. The first set of experiments that we use for corroborating the model was carried out by Narayan et al. [2012. Mechanics Research Communications, 43, 66-74] wherein for the first time it was found that the relaxation times associated with the torque and the normal forces, in a torsion experiment, are markedly different, and the second set of experiments that we use to corroborate the model documents the overshoot of torque in a torsion experiment [Krishnan and Narayan, 2007. Steady shear experiments on ashpalt. Chennai: IIT, Madras]. The model that is developed in this paper fits both sets of experiments well, and it seems to be a good candidate for describing the response of asphalt binders in general. As the deformation is nonlinear, it would be inappropriate to use the linearised viscoelastic model which is based on the linearised strain, and the models due to Maxwell, and the Oldroyd-B model are unable to capture the marked difference in the relaxation times, while the Burgers model is unable to describe the torque overshoot.

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author list (cited authors)

  • Malek, J., Rajagopal, K. R., & Tuma, K.

citation count

  • 16

complete list of authors

  • Malek, J||Rajagopal, KR||Tuma, K

publication date

  • April 2015