Abstract: Polymers are widely used to improve the mechanical performance of asphalt mixtures. Among them, styrene butadiene styrene (SBS) is the most commonly used, especially in the wet modification of virgin bitumen. This method, which is extensively utilized, has several advantages, but also some disadvantages, concerning its performance (such as the risk of instability or a lack of homogeneity) and logistical management (such as the need for special equipment, the transport of materials, and the dependence on the refinery that modifies the bitumen). This paper analyses the use of the most conventional types of polymers (two types of SBS, one type of BS, and rubber from end-of-life tires), dry added, as an alternative method. They have been used in porous asphalt mixtures. This type of bituminous mixture is usually designed with commercial polymer-modified bitumen, due to the mechanical requirements, and it is very sensitive to the properties of the binder used. The mechanical behavior of experimental porous asphalt mixtures has been significantly improved, especially in the case of SBS, although the performance did not reach that of commercial polymer-modified bitumen. The results have shown that the dry method is a suitable and feasible option to manufacture modified mixtures, especially considering its advantages, from a logistical viewpoint, in comparison with the wet method.
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