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Superpave Method

Like the Hveem and Marshall methods, the Superpave method has been proven to produce quality HMA from which long-lasting pavements can be constructed. This section briefly discusses the Superpave mix design method.

Figures 1 and 2: Gyratory Compactors

Superpave mix design is becoming increasingly more prevalent in Hawai'i as well as the U.S.  As more HDOT, County and federal government mix designs specify Superpave, the testing equipment and method will become more prevalent as well.


The Superpave mix design method consists of three basic steps:

The standard Superpave performance test is done with the Asphalt Mixture Performance Tester (AMPT), also known as the Simple Performance Tester (SPT)
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