Epoxy asphalts were prepared by mixing styrene–butadiene–styrene (SBS) modified asphalt with epoxy resin. The curing process and morphology of epoxy asphalts were characterized by infrared spectroscopy and fluorescent microscope, respectively. The effects of epoxy resin contents, ratio of curing agent to epoxy resin and curing temperature on properties of epoxy asphalt were investigated. Results indicated that epoxy resin and epoxy asphalt showed similar curing efficiency. Epoxy asphalts can be cured at 120 or 60°C and its viscosity at 120°C can meet the demands of asphalt mixture mixing and paving. The chemical reaction of epoxy resin in epoxy asphalt is slow and reaction occurs not only with the curing agent but also carboxylic acid in epoxy asphalt. The microstructure of epoxy asphalt transforms from the dispersed structure to networks structure with epoxy resin content increasing and phase transition starts when 30 wt % epoxy resin present in asphalt. The softening point and tensile strength of epoxy asphalt increased with epoxy resin contents increasing. The softening point and tensile strength of epoxy asphalt were markedly improved when epoxy resin content was more than 30 wt %, which is attributed to formation of continuous structure of epoxy resin. © 2009 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J Appl Polym Sci, 2009
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