It is a new technology. We cannot implement it because we do not havethe necessary experience.
[Hot recycling of asphalt pavements has become astandard, proven practice in many countries of the world for the last 30 years.It is not a US technology but a global technology. It is not a “rocket science”;we can implement it right away on major NH projects without waiting for that“experience” or “experimental field trials” just like NHAI has commendablyimplemented the use of robust stone matrix asphalt (SMA) mix recently onnational highways without any problem.]2.
Recycled hot asphalt mix may be inferior in performance to 100% virginasphalt mix.
[Numerous field studies in the developed countries have showntime and again that the performance of hot recycled asphalt mix is equal to or better than 100% virgin mix. This is because the specification requirementsare generally the same for both.]3.
We are already recycling the milled RAP in the granular sub base (GSB)and/or wet mix macadam (WMM) on some national highway projects.
[Use of RAP in GSB or WMM cannot be called recycling; it is still a wasteful burial. Moreover, inclusion of discrete particles of RAP in GSB is detrimentalto its function as drainage layer in the pavement. Inclusion of discrete subrounded particles of RAP in WMM interferes with the interlockingcharacteristic of the WMM. Besides, the cost of bitumen is hardly realizedfrom this burial.]4.
We do not have an Indian Roads Congress (IRC) specification for hotasphalt recycling.
[As a member of the IRC Flexible Pavement Committee,last year I submitted two draft specifications to IRC for adoption to facilitatehot recycling. One specification is for cold milling and the other for hot mixrecycling. NHAI can use these two draft standards right now without waitingfor IRC’s final approval because time is of essence. These two draft standardsare attached.]5.
NHAI engineers, contractors and consultants are not trained in hot mixrecycling.
[I had the privilege of developing detailed, easy to understand,guidelines for recycling asphalt pavements; the project was funded by the USFederal Highway Administration (FHWA). This manual was used by me andmy associate Dr. Rajib Mallick to conduct field workshops throughout theUS to train highway engineers of state and local governments, contractors,and consultants. Twelve workshops were conducted by us in different partsof the US to train engineers of all 50 states. This comprehensive manualaddresses all issues related to recycling such as construction methods &equipment; materials & mix design; and case histories and QC/QA (qualitycontrol/quality assurance). This manual can be downloaded free at thefollowing internet link:http://www.scribd.com/doc/47299513/Pavement-Recycling-Guidelines-for-State-and-Local-Governments-Federal-Highway-Administration-Publication- No-FHWA-SA-98-042-December-1997However, training of NHAI engineers, contractors, and consultants in hot2