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Name: Gary B. P.
Status: Educator
Age: 50s
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Date: February 2004

At what temperature does a car tire melt and at what temperature does asphalt melt?

Asphalt binder is a handy material in that it flows nicely when it is heated to around 250 degrees F, but is relatively solid at room temperatures. The hot liquid is mixed with pre- heated sand and stone, then delivered to the paving site promptly. The hot mixture is spread and compacted before it cools. When it does cool, it creates a "viscoelastic" material. That is, it acts kind of like a liquid and kind of like a solid depending on the rate of loading. The hotter it is, the more liquid-like it gets.

So, it really does not have a melting point like, say, ice has, but it does soften considerably as the temperature increases. To give you a feel for relative temperature, hot mix is generally delivered at roughly 300 degree F.

Tires are not my specialty, but I understand racing tires operate well over 200 degrees F. I suppose it would be possible for a very hot tire to soften the surface of a pavement under the right conditions.

Andy Johnson

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