There are two methods of grading:
Standard Viscosity Grade Bitumen (AC-Grades), in which the Viscosity of the standard bitumen (asphalt) is measured at 60 ºC (140 ºF).
RTFOT Viscosity Grade Bitumen (AR-Grades), in which the Viscosity of bitumen (asphalt) is measured at 60 °C (140 °F) after the roll on thin film oven test.
Viscosity grade bitumens have a thermoplastic property which causes the material to soften at high temperatures and to harden at lower temperatures. This unique temperature/ viscosity relationship is important when determining the performance parameters such as the adhesion, rheology, durability and application temperatures of bitumen. In the Viscosity Graded Bitumen specifications further special emphasizes is placed on the Bitumen ductility.
|VISCOSITY GRADE BITUMEN SPECIFICATION|
|Penetration at 25°C, 100g, 5sec, Min||0.1MM||80||60||45||35||IS 1203|
|Absolute viscosity at 60°C||P||800-1200||1600-2400||2400-3600||3200-4800||IS 1206 (Part 2)|
|Kinematic viscosity at 135°C, Min||cSt||250||300||350||400||IS 1206 (Part 3)|
|Flash point (Cleveland open cup), Min||°C||220||220||220||220||IS 1448 [P : 69]|
|Solubility in trichloroethylene, Min||%Wt||99||99||99||99||IS 1216|
|Softening point (R&B), Min||°C||40||45||47||50||IS 1205|
|Tests on residue from thin film oven test:|
|- Viscosity ratio at 60°C, Max||4||4||4||4||IS 1206 (Part 2)|
|- Ductility at 25°C, Min||CM||75||50||40||25||IS 1208|
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