2023 Asphalt Material Submittal Requirments

  1. Submittal requirements of individual municipality specifications shall be referenced for material submissions and mix design submissions unless otherwise modified in the KCMMB Asphalt Specification and/or KCMMB Asphalt Submittal Requirements.

  2. FRAP stockpiles shall be prequalified in accordance with the current KCMMB Asphalt Material Specificationand the procedures described below.

    1. Sampling: The following steps can be used to obtain representative samples from a FRAP stockpile:

      1. Use a front-end loader to dig into the FRAP stockpile.

      2. Empty the front-end loader onto a clean, flat surface to form a miniature stockpile.

      3. Use the bucket of the front-end loader to level the surface of the miniature stockpile.

      4. Use a square-ended shovel to dig into the level surface of the miniature stockpile.

      5. Sample from three locations within the mini-stockpile.

      6. Combine the samples from the three locations to provide a representative sample from the FRAP stockpile location.

      7. Repeat the above steps to obtain the appropriate number of samples.

      8. A minimum of ten samples shall be obtained from around the FRAP stockpile. Sample locations should be selected to provide a representative sample of the entire FRAP stockpile. The ten locations should encompass all sides of the stockpile.

    2. Testing of the FRAP shall include the asphalt content and gradation of the FRAP samples. Asphalt content shall be determined utilizing both an ignition oven in accordance with ASTM D6307 and by solvent extraction in accordance with AASHTO T 164. When using the ignition oven, no aggregate or asphalt correction factor is needed for the FRAP stockpile materials. The gradation shall be determined using the aggregates remaining after ignition or extraction testing in accordance with ASTM C117 and C136. Half of the ten samples (5) shall be tested using ignition, and the remaining half (5) using extraction. The average difference of the two test methods will be an asphalt content correction constant that will be added or subtracted from the FRAP asphalt content determined by ignition during asphalt production and for the remaining prequalification tests. The aggregates from the ten gradation tests should not be thrown away in case further analysis is required, as described below.

    3. Requirements for Prequalification of RAP Stockpiles Evaluation of the data will entail determining the average and standard deviation for the different test properties. Averages determined from testing of the ten locations should be used during the development of the job mix formula for the project. Target values for evaluation of uniformity are provided for three specific properties, including asphalt content, the percent passing the median sieve size, and the percent passing the No. 200 sieve. The median sieve size is the sieve with the percent passing closest to 50 percent. Table 1 provides the target standard deviations for these three properties. Test Properties from a uniform FRAP stockpile will have standard deviations at or below the target standard deviations. Table 1 also provides maximum allowable standard deviations.

      Table 1: Target and Maximum Allowable Standard Deviations

      RAP Property

      Target Standard Deviation 

      Maximum Allowable Standard Deviation

      Asphalt Content (%)

      Less than 0.5


      % Passing Median Sieve1

      Less than 5.0


      % Passing No. 200 Sieve

      Less than 1.5


      1Median Sieve is the sieve closest to having an average of 50% passing

      2Maximum allowable value


    4.  Figure 1 provides an example spreadsheet used for evaluating the data. For this example, the No. 8 sieve is the median sieve because it is the sieve with the percent passing closest to 50 percent. As shown in Figure 1, the asphalt content meets the target standard deviation as the calculated standard deviation is less than 0.5 percent (0.43 percent). The median sieve (No. 8) has a standard deviation slightly above the target of 5.0 percent. However, this standard deviation is not above the maximum allowable standard deviation of 7.5 percent. For the No. 200 sieve, the calculated standard deviation is 0.86 percent which is less than the target standard deviation.


    5.  Fine Aggregate Fraction of the FRAP Stockpile

      1. Using the results of the FRAP Stockpile Analysis (Figure 1), calculate the Sand Ratio using the following Equation. If the Sand Ratio is above 60 percent, it suggests a relatively large percentage of natural, uncrushed fine aggregate exists within the RAP stockpile.

        Sand Ratio


        B = % of Gradation passing the No. 30 Sieve

        C = % of Gradation passing the No. 8 Sieve

        D = % of Gradation passing the No. 200 Sieve

      2. If the Sand Ratio is above 60.0 percent, calculate the percentage of fine aggregate contributed to the total aggregate blend by the fine aggregate fraction of the RAP stockpile as follows: klsdj
        Sand Fraction
        % Sand Fraction = % Sand Fraction from FRAP stockpile in Total aggregate blend
        %P8 = percent of gradation passing No. 8 sieve
        %P100 = percent of gradation passing No. 100 sieve
        %RAP = percent of FRAP within the total aggregate blend

      3. If the combined % Sand Fraction of all FRAP stockpiles plus the percentage of natural sand within the total aggregate blend is more than 25.0 percent, a Fine Aggregate Angularity test shall be conducted. Using the aggregates remaining from the ten FRAP stockpile evaluation tests, first, conduct a specific gravity and absorption test 600-4 on the fine aggregate fraction in accordance with ASTM C128. After determining the bulk specific gravity of the fine aggregate fraction of the FRAP aggregates, conduct the Fine Aggregate Angularity (FAA) test on the entire aggregate blend in accordance with Method A of ASTM C1252. The FAA of the combined FRAP and natural sand shall be above 45.0%.

  3. The Contractor shall maintain Control Charts for the percent passing the median sieve, percent passing the No. 200 sieve, and asphalt binder content for each FRAP stockpile contained within the approved Job Mix Formula (JMF). The Control Charts will use the average value of each of the three properties determined from the prequalification of the FRAP stockpile(s) as the target values.

    1. Asphalt binder will be determined using either an extracted value or an adjusted ignition value as described above. The Control Charts will use the average value of each of the three properties determined from the prequalification of the FRAP stockpile(s) as the target values. Table 2 presents Action Limits and Suspension Limits for use with the Control Charts. Examples of appropriate Control Charts are shown in Figures 2 through 4. Target values within these figures are the averages within the example shown in Table 2.

      Table 2: Action and Suspension Limits for FRAP Stockpiles


      Action Limits

      Suspension Limits

      FRAP Asphalt Content

      ± 1.0%

      ± 1.4%

      % Passing Median Sieve

      ± 10.0%

      ± 14.0%

      % Passing No. 200 Sieve

      ± 3.0%

      ± 4.5%




  4. Specific Gravity Procedure Requirements

    1. The material for the theoretical specific gravity (Gmm) and the material for the Gyratory Compactor specimens (pucks) shall be cured at 140+/-3º C (285+/-5º F) for four hours in a closed oven after the mix is produced in the laboratory. Also, the plant-produced mixture shall cure for four hours prior to testing.

    2. The mixture shall be transported to the laboratory in an insulated container and then stored in a laboratory oven at 140 +/-3° C (285 +/-5° F) minimum temperature for the remainder of the curing period. The curing oven shall be the forced air type and may be operated at a temperature not to exceed the maximum temperature at which the mixture may be discharged from the plant as specified in the current KCMMB Asphalt Material Specification.

    3. This procedure shall be used when the water absorption as determined by ASTM C127 and ASTM C128 of any individual aggregate stockpile in the aggregate blend exceeds 1.25 percent. The mixture shall be compacted at 140 +/-3° C (285 +/-5° F).

    4. The theoretical specific gravity (Gmm) shall be performed using the Type E-A 4500ml metal vacuum pycnometer with a clear polymethyl methacrylate PMMA lid. The vacuum shall be applied for 15 minutes to gradually reduce the residual pressure in the vacuum vessel to 28 mm Hg. The bulk specific gravity of the Fine Sand Chat shall be determined using the standard Cone Test for Surface Moisture as stated in ASTM C128 unless otherwise directed by the Owner's Engineer.

    5. The Gse of the FRAP material shall be used as aggregate Gsb in volumetric calculations provided that the asphaltic cement content of the FRAP fraction is determined through the use of AASHTO T 164 Standard Method of Test for Quantitative Extraction of Asphalt Binder from Hot-Mix Asphalt (HMA) (ASTM Designation: D2172/D2172M). The AASHTO Specification shall be used when references are made to the AASHTO number.

    6. The Contractor shall furnish four uncompacted HMA samples, sized to the design weight for one gyratory plug, four 1200-gram samples of uncompacted HMA, and two gyratory plugs compacted to Ndesign when submitting the mix design for approval.

    7. When the aggregate absorption is high, the produced mixture will be tender until the asphalt is absorbed into the aggregate. Therefore, it may be beneficial to silo the mixture at the plant for a time before delivering it to the project site. This is more important when the truck haul is short.

  5. Method of determining the retained strength of plant-produced mixtures:

    1. Sample the plant-produced mixture at the plant site in accordance with ASTM D979 or behind the paver using the procedure specified herein. Transport the mixture to the laboratory and determine the theoretical specific gravity as specified in the current KCMMB Asphalt Material Specification. Prepare the specimens for the AASHTO T 283 test using the same four-hour cured material and compact to 7 ± 0.5 percent air voids. Allow the samples to cool and cure overnight at room temperature and proceed with testing by determining the thickness and bulk specific gravity, then separating the specimens into subsets and preconditioning as specified herein. Then proceed with the testing as specified in AASHTO T 283.

    2. Test for AASHTO T 283:

      1. The Contractor’s laboratory shall provide, to the Owner’s Engineer, one set of tests for each mix design from each plant as the final verification of the plant-produced mix design.

      2. The Contractor’s laboratory shall provide, to the Owner’s Engineer, one set of tests for each mix produced during the initial production each year and one set of tests for every 10,000 tons produced that year. Sampling frequency shall be adjusted when the Contractor has multiple contracts with the Owner so that tests are taken every 10,000 tons of production. The Owner’s Engineer may require an additional test at the Owner’s expense. Any test that fails will require the Contractor to adjust the JMF and take additional tests at the Contractor’s expense.

      3. The Contractor’s laboratory shall provide, to the Owner’s Engineer, one set of tests when any of the material sources change or when requested by the Owner’s Engineer.


All submittal information shall be submitted to individual municipalities before use.

Josh Miller
George Butler Associates, Inc.
Tel. 913.577.8254
Lucas Rosenbaum
George Butler Associates, Inc.
Tel. 913.577.8271