Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years, which means that in general, e.g. Learning outcomes, assessment methods and key content stays unchanged. However, via course syllabus, it is possible to specify or change the course execution in each realization of the course, such as how the contact sessions are organized, assessment methods weighted or materials used.


After this course student is familiar with different asphalt mixture types, raw materials, production methods and mechanical performance of mixtures. Student can select appropriate mixture type and raw materials based on performance requirements. Student can describe how material properties affect pavement performance: durability and deterioration. Student is familiar with asphalt construction techniques and he/she knows the basic principles of production quality control and quality assurance. Student can perform volumetric mix design.    

Credits: 5

Schedule: 13.01.2021 - 28.02.2021

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022): Michalina Makowska, Wojciech Solowski

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Michalina Makowska, Wojciech Solowski

Contact information for the course (applies in this implementation):

CEFR level (applies in this implementation):

Language of instruction and studies (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022):

Teaching language: English

Languages of study attainment: English


  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Consideration of major types of bituminous materials - bitumen, cutback and fluxed bitumen and emulsions and different mixture types. Influence of chemical composition upon physical properties. Desirable aggregate characteristics for bituminous mixtures. Construction techniques including hot and warm mixing. Current practices for determining optimum asphalt content. Recycling and reuse of bituminous materials. Forensic evaluation of failed pavements.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Lectures, compulsory exercises (including laboratory and short report), design exercise. Exam.

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    5 credits, 134h total
    lectures 24 (2x2h/week)
    class groupwork 12 (1x2h/week)
    indepedent homework 40
    study groups:  reading and homework (40h)

    Preparation to final exam (18h)



Study Material
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Doré & Zubeck: Cold Regions Pavement Engineering. Chapter 4 and 7


    Material covered during the lectures can be also found and is explained in detail in:

    "The Shell Bitumen Handbook", 6th Edition, Hunter, Self and Read, Shell Bitumen, London, 2015

    Chapters: 1,2,4,5,6,7,8,10,12,14,15,16,17,18,20,23


    Additional material will be given in lectures and includes:

    -"Analysis of climatic zones in Poland with regard to asphalt performance grading", Pszczola, Rys, Jaskula, Roads and Bridges, 16, 2017, pp 245-269

    -"The multiple stress creep recovery (MSCR) procedure", Bukowski, Youtcheff and Harman, Tech Brief,  FHWA-HIF-11-038, April 2011


    Laboratory exercises require reading of the AASHTO and CEN standard of MSCR procedure, and a comparative analysis of those.


    During the exercises we will be using Asfalttinormit 2017, which are in Finnish. English speaking users will be provided an English version of the book, which is unfortunately partially outdated (2000). The material is based on CEN norms and harmonized standards. English speaking users will be advised how to proceed with those documents. 

Substitutes for Courses
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Yhd 10.2106 Tiepäällysteet

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Basic knowledge in Civil Engineering Construction Materials and Road Pavement Design or equivalent: CIV-E1010 Bulding Materials Technology, GEO-E1030 Structural Design of Roads

SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    9 Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

    11 Sustainable Cities and Communities

    12 Responsible Production and Consumption