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The Shell Bitumen Handbook, 6th edition

Robert N. Hunter (ed.)
Hunter & Edgar Consulting Civil Engineers, Scotland

Price: £ 120.00

ISBN: 9780727758378
Format: Hardbound
Publish Date: 28/01/2015
Publisher: ICE Publishing
Page Size: 234x156mm
Number of Pages: 808

The Shell Bitumen Handbook, 6th edition


Shell has been at the forefront of bitumen technology for over 90 years, and continues to play a leading role in global bitumen research and development. The Shell Bitumen Handbook is an authoritative source of information on bitumen use in road pavements around the world.

The Shell Bitumen Handbook explores the very latest technical trends within the industry. Compiled by an international team of Shell experts from Europe, Asia and the Americas, the 6th edition contains global examples of regulations, specifications and practice, highlighting similarities and differences between the regions and reflecting the fact that growth economies are adapting and developing new practices, specifications and driving research in this area.

An established, renowned and vital source, The Shell Bitumen Handbook covers the manufacturing, handling and main engineering properties and specifications of both bitumen and asphalt technology, examining how they are designed, manufactured, tested and used. The book also covers the analytical design of flexible pavements – a field in which Shell is particularly well established – as well as surface treatments and certification.

The Shell Bitumen Handbook includes reference to new and revised European harmonised specifications as well as new guidance on recycling, warm asphalt mixtures, foam mixtures, bitumen additives and certification schemes for bitumen and asphalt. There are also expanded chapters on the constitution and structure of bitumen, bitumen rheology, polymer modified bitumens, bitumen health, bitumen adhesion and testing of asphalts and surface treatments.

The Shell Bitumen Handbook provides new and experienced engineers with accessible and practical technical content such as:

• Global examples of bitumen regulation, specification and practice written by Shell experts across the world

• Coverage of the properties, testing methodology and performance related issues of different types of asphalt

• Information on the new standardised test methods to assess product performance

• State-of-the-art methods for building longer lasting road pavements

• Extensive referencing, enabling readers to discover more about subject areas and research topics

• New and updated appendices to support the reference value of the book.

The Shell Bitumen Handbook is an essential, comprehensive reference tool intended to be of daily use to civil engineers, laboratory and site technicians and operation managers, as well as students and researchers in pavement construction and maintenance.



• Manufacture and storage of bitumens

• Handling, health, safety, and environmental aspects of bitumens

• Constitution and structure of bitumens

• Specifications and quality of bitumens

• Routine testing and mechanical properties of bitumens
• Rheology of bitumens

• Polymer modified bitumens

• Bitumen emulsions

• Aggregates in asphalts

• Choice of asphalts for use in flexible pavements

• Design of asphalt mixtures

• Design of flexible pavements

• Asphalt production plants

• Transportation, laying and compaction of asphalts

• Laboratory testing of asphalts

• Properties of asphalts

• Influence of bitumen properties on the performance of asphalts

• Adhesion of bitumens and moisture damage in asphalts

• Durability of bitumens and asphalts

• Surface treatments

• Alternative asphalts

• Certifications of bitumens and asphalts

• Other important uses of bitumens and asphalts

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