Extraction and recovery of asphalt binder: a literature review

  • Peter MikhailenkoEmail author
  • Parinaz Ataeian
  • Hassan Baaj


A literature review was conducted on the main aspects of asphalt binder extraction and recovery: i) extraction methods, ii) recovery methods and iii) solvents. The extraction methods include centrifuge, reflux and vacuum and others with particular focus on their effectiveness in dissolving the binder and the potential to modify it. Studies found that the centrifuge was a relatively safe cold extraction method that was fairly effective. For the recovery methods, the rotary evaporator was found to have a good reputation for relative ease of use and less binder modification than for the Abson method. The most commonly used solvents n-propyl bromide and chlorinated solvents, while being reusable, both had reported issues of ineffectiveness as well as major concerns about user safety. Bio-sourced solvents were found to be seldom used and required higher quantities. The study concluded that more research needed to be done in developing solvents.


Asphalt binder testing Extraction Recovery Solvent RAP 


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The authors would like to thank Imran Bashir and Pamela Marks of Ministry of Transportation Ontario (MTO) for their support during the project and their valuable feedback. This project was funded as part of the MTO HIIFP 2015 Program.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Peter Mikhailenko
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Parinaz Ataeian
    • 2
  • Hassan Baaj
    • 2
  1. 1.Road Materials and Sealing Components, EmpaSwiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and TechnologyDübendorfSwitzerland
  2. 2.Centre for Pavement and Transportation Technology (CPATT), Department of Civil & Environmental EngineeringUniversity of WaterlooWaterlooCanada

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