Properties of Asphalt Mixtures
Evaluation of the properties of asphalt mixtures containing plastic waste through dry process.
Utilization of plastic wastes combine the advantages of producing better asphalt pavement as well as management problem of these non-biodegradable wastes. In this project, plastic waste will be added to asphalt mixture as part of aggregate. Different asphalt mixtures containing different type of plastic will be prepared and evaluated through volumetric and stiffness tests to determine the type and optimum content of plastic for asphalt pavement construction.
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Turnitin Online submission.
1-abstract: Provided succinct summary of the project, highlighting the significance, overall aim and research questions of the research. Also, provide a good summary of background
2- introduction: A clear and concise introduction that covers all required information, such as, background information, significance and application of research and the overall aims
3-literature review: Includes all key authors in the field with a wide range of references specific to the topic. Insight-full compares and contrasts the different authors views and conclusions on the topic Synthesis of the current literature offers some new insights into current knowledge, identifies all the gaps and highlights the significance of the research.
4-research gaps/objective: Clear, concise and insightful research questions, which are developed from the literature review. Number of research questions are sufficiently adequate to address identified research gaps.
5-research mythology: Insightfully identifies a valid research approach and study design; with a concise and comprehensive discussion of all the concepts and principles to justify the choice of the methodology and design Insightfully identifies a range of data collection and analysis methods that can collect and elicit sophisticated information to answer the research questions/hypoth esis; with a concise and comprehensive justification for the choice.
6-Preliminary Results and Discussions: Preliminary results are presented using graphs and tables. About 4 to 5 graphs and/or tables are presented. The data presented truly indicate substantive preliminary data collection.
7-Preliminary Conclusions :Conclusions are concise and explain briefly the research gaps, research objectives, methodology and the preliminary results obtained
8-Timeline/ Project Management (5%) A detailed schedule with all research activities clearly laid out; the timeline is highly realistic which allows for some degree of flexibility. Discusses the project management of the research activity including resourcing and budgeting