Ammann enables JV AUTOBAHN to expand greener asphalt recycling work

JV AUTOBAHN has been the market leader in road and airfield construction in Russia for 25 years. A key reason for its success is its ability to prepare for future challenges – and opportunities.
April 26, 2022
Ammann plants are enabling JV AUTOBAHN to expand its greener asphalt recycling work
Ammann plants are enabling JV AUTOBAHN to expand its greener asphalt recycling work

The company handles various infrastructure-related work, including engineering surveys, new construction, reconstruction and repairs. In 2018, it introduced recycling to its business by purchasing an Ammann ABA 240 UniBatch Asphalt-Mixing Plant with a RAC25 cold recycling system.

The RAC25 enables mix production with up to 25% cold RAP (recycled asphalt pavement). AUTOBAHN management saw this as a good start – but only a start. After discussions with Ammann engineers, company leaders decided to plan for the future. The purchase included a reinforced high-capacity AFA-3075 filter with 70,000Nm3/h exhaust gas volume that ensured the plant was properly configured so it could recycle hot materials at a later date.

The plant successfully operated for two seasons, producing various asphalt mixes, including those with 25% cold recycled materials and SMA (stone mastic asphalt) with 10% RAP.

Ammann engineers faced a significant task. In 2020, AUTOBAHN added a second mixing tower and RAH60 parallel flow drying drum. The adjustment enabled 25% cold materials and up to 60% hot RAP utilisation. The RAH60 is designed to be part of a permanent plant. Yet AUTOBAHN needed to relocate the plant occasionally.

The Ammann engineering team rose to the challenge, designing and implementing a mobile steel foundation for a hot recycling plant.

The parallel flow dryer, support structure, conveyors and elevator were mounted on portable footings for easy assembly and transfer between locations. Ammann is the only plant manufacturer to offer this solution.

“We thought long and hard about which modern options our new flagship plant should be equipped with to support the entire range of innovations we were implementing,” said Nadezhda Savenkova, deputy managing director for innovation and quality at AUTOBAHN. “As a result, in addition to the cold and hot recycling, we ordered a foamed bitumen supply for use on its own and in combination with other technologies.”

AUTOBAHN can produce mixes with varying amounts of RAP because it has both hot and cold recycling systems. It can use the systems individually or combine them while producing a single mix.

A cold feed group consisting of two 13m3 feeders supplies the RAP. The conveyor groups are designed so the operator can send material to the cold recycling system (RAC25), the hot recycling system (RAH60) – or to both systems simultaneously.

The principle of the RAH60 parallel flow dryer is as follows: recycled material and raw gas are fed in the same direction. To reduce emissions from the parallel flow dryer, the temperature of recycled material doesn’t exceed 130°C. The asphalt temperature increases when it mixes with the heated material from the mineral drum. This works in connection with the mineral drum, i.e., 60% of the material comes from RAH60 and 40% from the mineral drum.

“We do our best to make the most of the plant’s capabilities and produce mixes with higher amounts of RAP and foamed bitumen,” said Savenkova. “Of course, a lot depends on customers’ requirements. But for our part, we encourage the growing interest in recycling technology in Russia and are happy to be at the forefront. We hope to become the first company in Russia to successfully implement 60% RAP, ensuring the top quality of asphalt mixes. Recycling technology has many economic and environmental benefits. It does require serious investment, but we are sure that the future belongs to recycling.”

To help control and optimise production, AUTOBAHN used the Ammann as1 Control System with an advanced Dynamic Recycling Addition (RAD) module. The company praised the features of the as1 – and the RAD module in particular.

“The as1 Control System is very user-friendly, allowing easy control of the entire production process,” said Sergei Kultygin, production manager. “This is especially important when producing complex mixes with RAP. We are now actively mastering the functionality of the RAD module, where RAP ratio can be easily changed during the ongoing production process with a click of the mouse without changing the recipe.”

Kultygin continued: “We are grateful to the Ammann engineering team for their hands-on help in implementing recycling technology at our plant.

As it turned out, there are many different nuances in preparing, selecting and feeding RAP into the system. The order in which material is entered into the mixer and the advanced technologies utilised also have a significant impact.”

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