Nilex is the exclusive distributor of ACE Fiber reinforced asphalt technology in Colorado, Utah, Wyoming and New Mexico. Contact us today at 303.766.2000 to see how you can extend the service life of your roads.
ACE Fiber Polymer XP (ACE Fiber) is a significant achievement in additive technology to enhance asphalt performance.
To create ACE Fiber, Aramid Fibers and Sasobit™ wax are blended together to simultaneously address the two major distresses affecting hot mix asphalt performance today, cracking and rutting, dramatically improving service life expectancy.
As ACE Fiber is mixed directly into the hot mix asphalt and the Sasobit wax melts, over 18 million Aramid Fibers are dispersed throughout each ton (2,000 lbs) of hot mix asphalt, providing a 3-dimensional reinforcement that increases the asphalt’s resistance to reflective cracking, rutting and fatigue while providing improved life expectancy. And best of all, no specialty contractors are needed for installation. Asphalt Producers and Pavers handle hot mix asphalt reinforced with ACE Fiber the same way they handle standard hot mix asphalt.
How does ACE Fiber make asphalt more durable?
Many fibers have been successfully used to reinforce concrete, but it takes a unique fiber to successfully reinforce 350°F Hot Mix Asphalt (HMA). Aramid is a unique fiber with 400,000 psi tensile strength and micro-roots that tenaciously anchor themselves into the finished hot mix asphalt. In the summertime when asphalt gets hot and wants to rut under load, the rooted Aramid Fibers provide resistance to the “flow” of the in-place asphalt to mitigate rutting. In the wintertime when asphalt is cold and wants to shrink, Aramid Fibers provide added tensile strength for resistance to cracking. The bottom line is that the use of fibers in asphalt now make sense because of aramid, and for relatively low cost ACE Fiber makes a significant performance improvement in asphalt.
Where has ACE Fiber been installed?
Nilex has worked with owners and paving contractors across Canada and in several US states. Click here to see a map of Nilex's Canadian ACE Fiber installations (up to July 2019). For USA ACE Fiber installations, visit the Surface Tech website.
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