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 Steel Spherical Balls

 Machine (The machine is equipped with a counter. The machine shall consist of
hollow steel cylinder closed at both ends. An opening in cylinder shall be
provided for introducing the sample
 Sieves
 Aggregate used in highway pavement should be hard and must resist wear due
to the loading from compaction equipment, the polishing effect of traffic and the
internal abrasion effect.
 The road aggregate should be hard enough to resist the abrasion of aggregate.
Resistance to abrasion is determined in laboratory by loss angles abrasion test.

Principle of the Test:

To produce the abrasive action by use of standard
steel balls which when mixed with the aggregate
and rotated in a drum for specific number of
revolution cause impact on aggregate. The %age
wear due to rubbing with steel balls is determined
and is known as abrasion value.

Prepare the sample by the portion of an aggregate

sample retained on the 1.70 mm (No. 12) sieve
and place in a large rotating drum that contains a
shelf plate attached to the outer wall.

Procedure of the LA Abrasion Test:

 Prepared sample is placed in the abrasion-testing machine.
 A specified number of steel spheres are then placed in the machine and the drum
is rotated for 500 revolutions at a speed of 30 - 33 revolutions per minute (RPM).
 The material is then separated into material passing the 1.70 mm (No. 12) sieve
and material retained on the 1.70 mm (No. 12) sieve.
 Dry the sample in an oven.
 Calculate %age loss due to Abrasion by calculating the difference between the
retained material (larger particles) compared to the original sample weight. The
difference in weight is reported as a percent of the original weight and called the
"percent loss".

Test Sample :
Sample shall be washed and oven-dried at a temperature of 105°C - 110°C and should
conform to one of the grading in observation.
Test Adequacy / Suitability:
The L.A. Abrasion test is an empirical test; it is not directly related to field performance of
aggregates. Field observations generally do not show a good relationship between L.A.
abrasion values and field performance. L.A. abrasion loss is unable to predict field
performance. Specifically, the test may not be satisfactory for some types of aggregates.
Some aggregates, such as slag and some limestones, tend to have high LA. abrasion
loss but perform adequately in the field. L.A. abrasion loss seems to be reasonable well
correlated with dust formation during handling and HMA production in that aggregates
with higher LA. abrasion loss values typically generate more of dust.

Uses & Significance of LA Abrasion Test :

1. For an aggregate to perform satisfactory in pavement, it must be sufficiently hard
to resist the abrasive effect of traffic over long period of time. The soft aggregates
will be quickly ground to dust, whilst the hard aggregates are quite resistant to
crushing effect.
2. The test also will determine the quality of the aggregate.
3. The L.A. Abrasion test is widely used as an indicator of the relative quality or
competence of mineral aggregates