Topic outline

  • The class provides an overview of asphalt materials used in road engineering. The list of topics includes:

    1. Introduction to pavements.
    2. Asphalt binder, characterization, testing (conventional, Performance Grade (PG), Multiple-Stress Creep- Recovery - MSCR, Linear Amplitude Sweep – LAS, etc.), and simple modeling.
    3. Asphalt Mixture, components (aggregate, additives), mix design, characterization testing, performance.
    4. Production techniques and recycling.
    5. Construction and compaction.
    6. Current road engineering research thematics.

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


    Course mode: The course is offered face-to-face with a few sessions online when international guests will give their lectures or for particular exercises. We recommend attending classes and exercises to learn the contents of the course effectively. Lectures will be recorded and uploaded to MyCourses/Panopto (if Aalto University makes recording tools available). A Zoom link to each session will be available to attend online (when in-person participation is not possible) The links will be posted on MyCourses.


    Sessions: Lectures are on Wednesday (Room 266) and Thursday (Room R2-253) at 12:15-14:00,  and Friday (Room R5-265) at 10:15-12:00.


    Lecture time will be used either for (or a combination of) theoretical explanations, exercises, or seminar guest lectures. Three lectures will be devoted to reviewing the main topics presented during the class.

    Intended learning outcomesAfter this course, students will be able to:

    1. Identify different asphalt binder, mixture types, raw materials, production methods, and mechanical performance;
    2. Select appropriate mixture types and raw materials based on performance requirements;
    3. Describe how material properties affect pavement performance: durability and deterioration;
    4. Conduct asphalt binder analysis;
    5. Perform mix design;
    6. Present results and analysis in a scientific way.