Bitumen Penetration Grade:

Bitumen Penetration usually characterized in three grade types;

  1. Viscosity 
  2. Penetration
  3. Density 



Bitumen Penetration:

Consistency of a bituminous material expressed as the distance in tenths of a millimeter that a standard needle vertically penetrates a sample of the material under known conditions of loading, time, and temperature.

Penetration value test on bitumen is conducted to determine the rigidity or uniformity of bituminous material. A 80/100 grade bitumen signifies that its penetration value remains among 80 & 100.

Penetration value refers to the vertical distance traversed or infiltrated by the point of a standard needle into the bituminous material under particular conditions of load, time and temperature. This distance is calculated in one tenths of a millimeter.

The purpose of penetration test is to assess the conformity of bitumen. It is not recommended to be applied in connection with the testing of road tar due to the high surface tension exposed by these materials.

Penetration test on bitumen is undertaken for the following purposes:

1. Reliability of bituminous material
2. Applicability of bitumen for being utilized under various atmospheric conditions and types of construction.

Equipments for Penetration Test for defining the penetration value of bitumen

Container: It is a flat bottomed cylindrical metallic dish having necessary diameter 55 mm and depth 35 mm. If the penetration is of the order of 225 or more, dish of 70mm diameter and 45mm depth is essential.

Needle: It belongs to a straight, extremely polished, cylindrical and hard steel rod.

Water bath: Water bath remains at 25° ± 0.1 °C that comprises of not less than 10 litres of water, the sample is submerged to a depth not below 100mm from top and rested on perforated shelf not under 50mm from bottom of the bath.

Transfer dish or tray: It provides support to the container & should not rock it. It should contain the ability to submerge container entirely throughout test.

Penetration apparatus: It facilitates needle to infiltrate devoid of much friction & is perfectly calibrated to produce results in one tenth of a millimeter.

Thermometer: Range 0- 44 °C and in readable upto 0.20 C.

Time measuring device: It brings exactness of l second.

Safeguards recommended throughout Penetration Test

No movement of the container is allowed when needle enters into sample.
There should be no extraneous matter in the sample.
The needle should be cleansed with benzene and dehydrated prior to penetration.

Production condition in various geographical:

Nominal capacity of bitumen in Iran is approximately 4.5 million tons and actual production is 3.5 million tons which local consumption is 2.8 million tons and the rest exporting. Iran bitumen is preparing from seven refineries around Iran and the biggest one is in Isfahan-Arak-Shiraz-Tabriz-Bandar Abbas- Abadan and Tehran. Before 2001 production of bitumen was under responsibility of Iran production and distribution and of national Iranian oil company. After that responsibility of domestic and export market referred to private companies. From total production of bitumen 85% is using in road construction and repair and the rest distributing in insulation and roofing industry.

Statistical of bitumen production in Iran:

Total productions of bitumen during 8 years remain the same and each year 3.5 million tons bitumen produced in Iran. Problem of bitumen production in Iran Daily usage of bitumen is main reason that there is not any research and development in this sector and whatever bitumen refineries producing there is demand for that in market. The second issue is selling in bulk and using second hand drum.




Problem to export bitumen and solutions:

The main problem in export of bitumen is packing and purchase from refineries which has too much relation and lobby. Normally European countries importing bitumen in bulk since oily drum has too much extra cost for them to transfer to special zone of oil garbage. Paying subside to bitumen exporter from 1998 to 2009 Export of bitumen from Iran had some support from government but now all exported who exporting bitumen and other oil products has to pay tax. International bitumen exhibitions and syndicate.

Iran bitumen:

It`s including all road bitumen grades for paving application as asphalt cement and penetration starting from 10/20 up to 160/220 but specialist on bitumen 40/50, bitumen 60/70, 80/100 and 85/100 which is most consumable Iran bitumen in worldwide market. Iran bitumen is famous quality of bitumen since raw material “vacuum bottom” is very light compare to other countries.

Packing of Iran bitumen:

Available packing is new steel drum, Bulk bitumen, Bitutank.Bitumen Penetration

  1. New steel drum: Size of drum bitumen is 110, 150 and 185kg and our bitumen is available just in new steel drum.
  2. poly tube: Jumbo bag should be stuffed in container only one layer and each jumbo bag is 850Kg. It`s not recommended in warm seasons.
  3. Bitumen in bulk vessel: We are able to supply bitumen in bulk starting from 1000MT up to 36000MT.
  4.  bitutank: Bitu-tank and bitu-tainers should be arranged by customer. We also can support bitumen buyers up to FOB of BND.

Globally Bitumen is member of Iran bitumen syndicate:

Globally bitumen – JGPco –  is member of syndicate Iranian bitumen manufacturer and exporter in various grades specially road bitumen 40/50 , bitumen 60/70 and 80/100 as per international ASTM/EN with CE approval.

Bitumen Penetration manufacturing process:

Iran Bitumen produced from crude oils through fractional distillation process. Crude oil is heated to 300 _ 350 C and fed into a distillation column. This process done by allowing lightest fractions of crude to separate, through vaporization, from heavier fractions, which remain liquid.
Higher boiling point fractions are then drawn – off via a heat exchanger and enter a vacuum distillation column. This process produces a short residue. It used to manufacture several grades of bitumen. Pressure and temperature conditions within the vacuum process will determine hardness of short residue, and as such the grade of Iran bitumen produced. It may be further modified by air blowing in which air is passed through 250 – 300 C.

Quality of Iran bitumen:

We are doing several test on bitumen before export , some of the test is as below

Bitumen Penetration  test

Specific gravity of bitumen

Softening point of bitumen

Solubility of bitumen in TCE

Ductility test on bitumen

Flash point on bitumen

Spot test on bitumen

Drop in penetration of bitumen after loss on heating

Change of mass

Retained penetration

Ductility at 15C