Stripping or removal of bitumen from an aggregate because of water penetrating into the interface causes many pavements to fail. Stripping has been existent since the advent of paving technology. It causes functional weakening of pavements leading to costly repairs. This state-of-the-art paper deals with important concepts of stripping as, bitumen chemistry and rheology, aggregate properties (chemical and mineralogical composition, surface texture, morphology, porosity, etc), traffic, water properties, construction practices (mixing, placement and in-service drainage) and nature of antistripping additives. Adhesion of bitumen onto aggregate is explained based on theories like mechanistic tenacity, molecular orientation, chemical reaction, and thermodynamic balance of interfacial forces. Stripping is elucidated using several mechanisms namely, displacement, detachment, spontaneous emulsification, bitumen film rupture, water pore pressure, hydraulic scouring, chemical disbanding, microbial activity, osmosis; and blistering and pitting. Attendant theories to the mechanisms are explained. Moisture sensitivity test methods emerged are described and discussed. The large number of tests that have evolved shows the importance of the phenomenon of stripping. Remedial measures which include use of antistripping additives, careful selection of hot mix component materials, good construction practice, and others have been proposed for use in practice.
2004. Vol. 5, no 1, 7-45 p.