We have an innovative solution. AQU™ aramid polymer fiber additive is a technological breakthrough in both asphalt warm mix and balanced mix design.
Easy to use — mix in plant or on site — and lay it, work it, roll it and finish it the same as any other mix. The only difference? Outstanding results in both crack and rut resistance.
AQU™ POLYMER FIBER is a true achievement in additive technology to enhance asphalt performance.
To create AQU™ Polymer Fiber, Surface Tech binds para-aramid fibers with a water molecule. The binder acts strictly as a delivery mechanism; allowing the para-aramid to address the 2 major distresses affecting asphalt performance today – cracking and rutting. Doing so also dramatically improves the treated roads’ life expectancy. When AQU™ is mixed into asphalt, it disperses over 19 million para-aramid fibers throughout each ton of mix to provide 3-dimensional reinforcement that increases the asphalt’s resistance to reflective cracking, rutting, fatigue, while ncreasing life expectancy. And best of all, no specialty contractors are needed for installation. Contractors handle AQU™ reinforced asphalt the same way they handle standard asphalt. This underscores the technology that AQU™ is easy to adopt.
Consider the advantages:
- Manual, semi automated, or fully automated dosing capabilities
- No change to mix design: Simply add AQU™
- 30% increase in performance: All mixes perform at higher PG level
- Balanced improvement — longer life, with improved crack and rut resistance
- Small amounts net big results — only 3.4 oz per equivalent ton of mix
Strengthen Pavement. Extend Service Life.
AQU™ is a significant achievement in additive technology to enhance asphalt performance.
AQU™ Polymer Fiber makes asphalt stronger than steel and adds strength to pavement in all directions
In balanced performance testing, AQU™ Polymer Fiber yields an improvement of 30% to 50% in both rutting and cracking performance.
Ease of Adoption
AQU™ can easily be included in the asphalt mixing process at both batch and drum plant facilities.
Batch & Drum Plants
AQU™ can be either manually fed or machine metered directly into the drum at a drum mixing plant.
Use Less, Save More
A Balanced Mix design can result in a reduction in thickness while achieving performance enhancements.
Long Term Results
AQU™ improves the cohesion of any asphalt mix AND improves long-term cracking and rutting.
Engineered for Performance.
AQU™ Polymer Fiber mixed in PG 64-22 hot mix asphalt has been extensively tested based on the Texas Transportation Institute’s Balanced Mix Design Method. The purpose of this testing was to quantify AQU™ Polymer Fiber’s cracking and rutting performance improvements of the hot mix asphalt. The results shown below are impressive, by adding AQU™ Polymer Fiber to the PG 64-22 the cracking resistance significantly improved.
Interested in a Pilot Program?
Surface Tech and our local distributors have developed a first-time user program called the ACE XP™ (AQU™) Pilot Program. Find out all the details here or call one of our asphalt experts. We’re here to help.
Our department is well versed on the crack-resistant benefits of ACE XP and how it can add years of life to roadways, thus reducing the cost of more frequent replacements. Public works officials plan to utilize the product throughout 2020 and beyond.Brandon MilarCalAPA Technical Director
ACE XP has become a go-to option for asphalt reinforcement. Be it in overlays or full depth applications, ACE XP is chosen to extend pavement life, dramatically reduce cracking and stabilize rutting.Phil Blankenship, PE, MSCEAsphalt Mix Design Consultant
I have been adding ACE XP to the plant since 2015. It is easy to use and just works, Louisville Metro is sold on the cracking performance increase of pavement reinforced with ACE XP Polymer Fiber.Jordan Sandquist, PEQA/QC Manager – Hall Paving, Louisville, KY
DOT’s are finding that using ACE XP Polymer Fiber can help achieve their Balanced Mixed Design Initiatives.Collin Browning, PE – President Site Supply, Columbus, OhioPresident Site Supply, Columbus, Ohio
The ease and cost effectiveness of fiber still makes it worth the purchase. Knowing that we have a 37% higher crack resistance is huge.Matthew NicholsMesa County
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