What is bitumen MC250?
Bitumen MC250 is medium cure bitumen used for binding purposes are usually designated with the letters MC which means medium curing and liquid solvent base bitumen MC250 means viscosity of the bitumen at 60C is minimum 250.
The liquid bitumen MC250 is generally blended at the refinery with petroleum fractions such as naptha, kerosene or furnace oils, to yield the desired low viscosity “cutback grades” such as those defined hereinbefore.
Reason of low viscosity bitumen MC250?
The reduction in viscosity of the bitumen MC250 aids the construction of seal coats in road pavements as the softened mixture wets the chips more easily. The cutback agent evaporates from the seal coat, the cutback agent becoming a negligible component of the seal coat a few months after application. If significant amounts of the cutback agent remain in the seal coat an unwanted long term softening effect may result.
How to choose suitable cutback bitumen
Analysis of bitumen MC250
Kinemalic 1 viscosity at 60°C, eSt
Flash Point (Tag Open-Cup),°C
Distillate test 2 :
Distillate, percent by Volume of total 360°C
Residue from distillation to 360°C:
Test on residue from distillation Penetration at
Ductility 3 at 25°C, cm
ASTM D402 / ASTM D113
Solubility in trichloroethylene, percent mass
ASTM D402 / ASTM D2024
Water, percent volume