Special Issue "Experimental Characterization and Modelling of Asphalt Materials at Low Temperature"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 May 2020.
Interests: asphalt materials; quasibrittle materials
Associate Guest Editor
Associate Guest Editor
Road infrastructures represent a fundamental asset for the economy of both developed and developing countries. Most paved roads consist of flexible pavements, and these are commonly designed with asphalt mixtures, which are a composite of asphalt binder, aggregate, and air voids. Such a composite material is required to fulfill different functionalities, such as providing a smooth and safe pavement surface while being capable of withstanding different load-induced phenomena due to traffic and climate actions. At low temperature, asphalt mixtures may experience significant distresses associated with the increase in thermal stress by itself, with the combination of thermal stress and traffic-induced stresses, with the fact that asphalt may become brittle at low temperature, or because of the thermal cycles linked with daily change in temperature. All this can eventually lead to cracking and failure. At the material level, this implies that not only the mixture itself, but also its constituents and its sub-phases (e.g.,mastic, mortar, and fine aggregate matrix) must provide adequate performance. Therefore, the development and use of precise laboratory characterization methods, chemo-mechanical analysis, modeling, simulations, and field evaluation and monitoring are required to determine the actual performance of asphalt materials.
In this Special Issue, the current characterization methods and modeling solutions addressing the behavior and performance of asphalt materials at low temperature are presented and discussed.
It is my pleasure to invite you to submit a manuscript for this Special Issue. Full papers, communications, and reviews are all welcome.
Prof. Augusto Cannone Falchetto
Dr. Lily Poulikakos
Prof. Alan Carter
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- asphalt binder
- asphalt mixture
- asphalt mastic
- asphalt mortar
- fine aggregate matrix
- low-temperature characterization
- fracture mechanics
- field evaluation