Theses and Dissertations


Amanda Hufft

Issuing Body

Mississippi State University


Howard, Isaac L.

Committee Member

Hassan, El Barbary

Committee Member

French, W. Todd

Date of Degree


Document Type

Graduate Thesis - Open Access


Civil Engineering

Degree Name

Master of Science (M.S.)


James Worth Bagley College of Engineering


Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering


This thesis is focused on determining the durability characteristics of asphalt mixtures containing bio-based additives for the purpose of more effective use of recycled materials. Fifty mixtures were evaluated by Cantabro Mass Loss testing in their virgin state, after 1 year of field aging, and after laboratory conditioning to determine the effectiveness of bioditives in dense graded asphalt and sand asphalt mixtures. Key findings from this work demonstrated that considerable amounts of recycled asphalt shingles (i.e. 5% of the total mixture) significantly affect the brittleness of dense graded asphalt mixtures when used in conjunction with reclaimed asphalt pavement (RAP). Furthermore, brittleness was not improved with the use of bioditives at high dosages (e.g. greater than 7.5% of the total binder content), but was improved in some cases at lower dosage rates (e.g. 2.5-5%). Additional testing of similar mixtures and bioditives evaluated in this thesis are recommended.