CE 595 Asphalt and Bituminous Materials

Asphalt and Bituminous Materials covers:

  •  Introduction to pavements / pavement distress
  •  Asphalt chemistry
  •  Old asphalt grading systems
  •  Superpave Performance Grading (PG) system
  •  Aggregate specification
  •  Previous asphalt mixture design methods
  •  Superpave volumetric mix design
  •  Performance test methods and models

3 credit hours.


• Prerequisite

CE 332 Materials of Construction or equivalent.

• Course Objectives

Students completing should demonstrate the ability to:

  1. describe the fundamental properties and behavior of asphalt cements and emulsions;
  2. describe the engineering properties of mineral aggregate used in asphalt concrete;
  3. describe the fundamental properties and behavior of asphalt concrete;
  4. analyze the results of Superpave binder Performance Graded specification tests;
  5. perform Superpave volumetric mixture design;
  6. analyze and understand strengths and weaknesses of various performance test methods; and
  7. analyze and model the results from various performance test methods.

• Course Requirements


• Textbook

None required.

• Computer and Internet Requirements

NCSU and Engineering Online have recommended minimum computer specifications. For details, click here.

• Instructor

Dr. Cassie Castorena, Assistant Professor
Civil, Construction & Environmental Engineering
Mann Hall 431A, Box 7908
NCSU Campus
Raleigh, NC 27695

Email: cahintz@ncsu.edu