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  1. Product identification

Bitumen V 3000 – conforming to the requirements of EN 12591.

The products should be delivered in insulated road tankers, in a liquid state at an elevated temperature to ensure the required pumpability.

The temperature of the transported bitumen should be between 110 and 140 °C.

General safety rules for the transport of polymer modified bitumen according to ADR/RID regulations.

  1. Storage conditions

Road bitumen should be stored in insulated steel tanks with a heating system, closed, to protect the product from contamination and infiltration.

The maximum storage temperature should not be exceeded – see under specifications tab.

There are no known instances of storage instability where V3000 bitumen in the above storage conditions would lose the desired properties due to, e.g. phase separation.

However, storage time at process temperatures of 110-140 °C should be minimised to prevent hardening of the asphalt due to ageing.

If storage under conditions not specified in this document is required, the manufacturer should be contacted to determine further handling of the product.

  1. Laboratory handling and industrial production

During the production, laying and compaction and laboratory testing of mineral and bitumen mixtures using road bitumen, it is recommended to use the process temperatures given in the table below.

Bitumen types V1500, V3000, V6000 and V12000 are soft binders used for the construction of road surfaces on low-traffic roads, mainly in countries with very harsh winters (e.g. Scandinavian countries). For example, it is used in Norway in areas where the average annual temperature is below 6 degrees Celsius. Soft bitumen is often used in technologies using recycled material: both for substructures (of gravel and bitumen mixes) and for the production of mineral and bitumen mixes using foamed bitumen.


Soft bitumen V3000, V6000 and V12000 can also be used for the construction and paving of dirt roads with very low traffic loads with very soft mineral and bitumen concrete mixtures according to EN 13108-3, such applications are common in Lithuania and Latvia

Process temperatures of mineral-bitumen mixtures:

Type of binder:

Soft road bitumen

V 3000

Sample handling in the laboratory

Sample handling (warm-up time and temperature) is specified in EN 12594.

After heating the samples in the containers, they should be homogenized by mixing.

Repeated heating of samples should be avoided.

Sample compaction temperature

In the laboratory according to EN 12697-30

100 ± 5 °C

Industrial production


Maximum bitumen storage temperature  140°C
Bitumen pumping temperature


Production temperature of the mineral-bitumen mix in the “hot mix” technology

mma type C

mma type S

100 – 120°C

(55)1  65 – 85°C

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