A review on compatibility between crumb rubber and asphalt binder

Wenhua Zheng, Hainian Wang, Yu Chen, Jie Ji, Zhanping You, Yuqing Zhang

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The compatibility between crumb rubber (CR) and asphalt binder plays a key role in the storage stability and rheological performance of rubberized asphalt binder. This review provides a comprehensive overview of characteristics of rubberized asphalt binder, factors influencing compatibility, compatibility evaluation methods, and improvement approaches. Desired compatibility results from the fact that CR is cross-linked with molecules of asphalt binder and evenly distributed in the asphalt binder, forming a homogeneous system. Rheological methods are the most widely used methods for compatibility evaluation. Additionally, the hybrid processing of surface activation treatment of CR and additives-grafting has shown to be a promising method for improving the compatibility of rubberized asphalt binder.
Original languageEnglish
Article number123820
JournalConstruction and Building Materials
Early online date10 Jun 2021
Publication statusPublished - 23 Aug 2021

Bibliographical note

Funding: This review is funded by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (51778062 and 51878063). The authors also thank China Scholarship Council (CSC) for their financial support (No. 202006560080).


  • Crumb rubber
  • Asphalt binder
  • Compatibility
  • Activation treatment
  • Storage stability


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