Special Issue "Research and Developments in Pavements"

A special issue of Infrastructures (ISSN 2412-3811).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 September 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Fabrizio D'Amico
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Department of Engineering, Roma Tre University, Rome, Italy
Interests: road safety; pavement management; non-destructive analysis; driving simulation; roads pavement defects; ground-penetrating radar; infra-BIM
Dr. Luca Bianchini Ciampoli
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Department of Engineering, Roma Tre University, Rome, Italy
Interests: ground-penetrating radar; remote sensing; InSAR; non-destructive testing; modeling and simulation; railway engineering; road safety and highway engineering; civil engineering
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Prof. Dr. Fabio Tosti
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School of Computing and Engineering, University of West London, Room BY.03.19, St Mary’s Rd, Ealing, London W5 5RF, UK
Interests: ground-penetrating radar; signal processing; remote sensing; deflection-based methods; numerical simulations; forestry engineering; airfield and highway pavement engineering; construction materials; civil engineering
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Pavements are central to road, railway, and airport infrastructures. The relevance of pavements involves environmental, economical, technical, and safety aspects, especially, in the new vision of providing more sustainable infrastructures. Research on pavements is not limited to the efficient use of construction materials, as it was mostly in the past, but it is being developed following new multidisciplinary approaches that involve different areas of expertise. Therefore, considering that the pavements have always represented a key factor in design and construction, they can be configured as a very multidisciplinary component of our transport networks. To this effect, a collection of state-of-the-art theoretical, numerical, and experimental research could support advancements in this area and identify new avenues and areas of future development.

This Special Issue will collect high-quality original research papers on recent developments in the area of pavements. Hence, papers with a focus on areas including, but not limited to, use of new technologies, approaches, or applications to infrastructure pavements with a new vision on pavement management, rehabilitation, and conservation, are encouraged. Review papers in the aforementioned research areas will also be considered.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to the following:

  1. Infrastructure domains (roads, railways, and airports)
  2. Research domains (theoretical, numerical, and experimental research)
  3. Application areas (design, rehabilitation, quality control, and management)
  4. Construction materials (bitumen, polymers, soil, and aggregates)
  5. Structure types (flexible, concrete, compound)
  6. Assessment methods (destructive, minor destructive, and non-destructive)
  7. Natural and anthropic environmental variables (extreme climate conditions, urbanization, and environmental landscape constraints).

Dr. Fabrizio D'Amico
Dr. Luca Bianchini Ciampoli
Prof. Dr. Fabio Tosti
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • pavement
  • pavement management system
  • infrastructure safety
  • non-destructive pavement technologies
  • design
  • rehabilitation
  • quality control
  • pavement monitoring

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Jointed Plain Concrete Pavements in Airports: Structural–Economic Evaluation and Proposal for a Catalogue
Infrastructures 2021, 6(5), 73; https://doi.org/10.3390/infrastructures6050073 - 11 May 2021
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Although the design of jointed plain concrete pavements could be solved by commercial software, there is still a need for simple tools to be used in feasibility studies and preliminary cost–benefit analyses. This paper analyzed and verified jointed plain concrete pavements for airports [...] Read more.
Although the design of jointed plain concrete pavements could be solved by commercial software, there is still a need for simple tools to be used in feasibility studies and preliminary cost–benefit analyses. This paper analyzed and verified jointed plain concrete pavements for airports composed of square slabs without tie and dowel bars. The examined slabs are laid on a cement-treated base layer and a stabilized granular subbase layer. The finite element software FAARFIELD was used to design the JPCP pavements when they are subjected to the design of the airplane (i.e., turboprop C-130J Hercules) under different conditions. Seven subgrade load bearing capacity values, twenty traffic levels, and two construction hypotheses (i.e., constant or variable thickness of the two deeper layers) were designed and then verified with the Westergaard theory in order to present a proposal for a catalogue. Finally, the construction cost per unit surface area was calculated for different construction methods of paving (by slip form paver or by fixed form). The obtained results provide a simple and fast procedure to design preliminary airport JPCPs. Full article
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How Prediction Accuracy Can Affect the Decision-Making Process in Pavement Management System
Infrastructures 2021, 6(2), 28; https://doi.org/10.3390/infrastructures6020028 - 11 Feb 2021
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One of the most important components of pavement management systems is predicting the deterioration of the network through performance models. The accuracy of the prediction model is important for prioritizing maintenance action. This paper describes how the accuracy of prediction models can have [...] Read more.
One of the most important components of pavement management systems is predicting the deterioration of the network through performance models. The accuracy of the prediction model is important for prioritizing maintenance action. This paper describes how the accuracy of prediction models can have an effect on the decision-making process in terms of the cost of maintenance and rehabilitation activities. The process is simulating the propagation of the error between the actual and predicted values of pavement performance indicators. Different rate of error (10%, 30%, 50%, 70%, and 90%) was added into the result of prediction models. The results showed a strong correlation between the prediction models’ accuracy and the cost of maintenance and rehabilitation activities. The cost of treatment (in millions of dollars) over 20 years for five different scenarios increased from ($54.07–$92.95), ($53.89–$155.48), and ($74.41–$107.77) for asphalt, composite, and concrete pavement types, respectively. Increasing the rate of error also contributed to the prediction model, resulting in a higher benefit reduction rate. Full article
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A Review on Acoustic and Skid Resistance Solutions for Road Pavements
Infrastructures 2021, 6(3), 41; https://doi.org/10.3390/infrastructures6030041 - 11 Mar 2021
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As cities grow in size, traffic also increases, thus making the population more exposed to road noise and traffic accidents. It is therefore important to study and understand which properties of the pavement influence its acoustic impact and skid resistance performance. The pavement [...] Read more.
As cities grow in size, traffic also increases, thus making the population more exposed to road noise and traffic accidents. It is therefore important to study and understand which properties of the pavement influence its acoustic impact and skid resistance performance. The pavement texture plays a major role in generating noise and friction, and it can be engineered in order to control both of them at the same time. The phenomena regulating skid resistance are well understood today. The same applies for noise generation and propagation; the literature contains methods of designing the pavement surface layer to achieve consistent results. Several types of solutions can be found for asphalt mixtures, most of them derived from decades of studies and research. They use different approaches to be effective for noise and friction, but all have in common the control of the surface’s macro and microtexture. Finally, some considerations are made regarding novel paving solutions with artificial aggregates instead of natural ones to address noise and skid resistance. Full article
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