Special Issue "Characterization of Innovative Asphalt Materials for Use in Pavement Design and Analysis"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 May 2021.
Interests: cold recycling technologies; bitumen emulsion materials; experimental characterization and mechanical modelling of bituminous materials; pavement reinforcement; mixture design; performance testing
Interests: warm mix asphalt mixtures; bio-binders for asphalt pavement applications; pavement reinforcement; performance testing; recycling of asphalt pavements; characterization of flexible pavements interfaces
The development of sustainable and innovative materials for asphalt pavements has received increasing attention over the past 20 years. Research directions have included, among others, the application of nanomaterials for asphalt modification (nanosilica, nanoclay, etc.), the use of renewable materials in partial replacement of asphalt (bio-binders), the recycling of end-of-life pavement materials (hot, warm and cold), and the application of smart materials and systems for energy harvesting or pavement monitoring. Bringing these innovations from laboratory-scale studies to industrial or pavement-scale applications is now an open challenge that can only be tackled through a rigorous performance- and design-related characterization. Paving mixtures produced using innovative materials must be suitable for laydown on the road surface and must resist both traffic and environmental actions. To ensure this, we can use existing mix and structural design tools only if the behavior of the innovative materials is comparable to that of the conventional asphalt materials, for which the design approaches were originally conceived and validated. If, for example, the temperature dependency or the failure modes are different, then we must look at innovative concepts for design and analysis. The aim of this Special Issue is to collect contributions from research focused on the development of sustainable and innovative asphalt materials seeking paving application opportunities, on the one hand, and research focused on mixture and structural design seeking the right material to solve market-driven challenges, on the other hand. Original research papers, reviews, and case studies aiming at bridging the gap between the laboratory and the pavement scale are welcome.
Prof. Andrea Graziani
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- Pavement design
- Mixture design
- Performance-related characterization of pavement materials
- Nano additives for asphalt materials
- Recycling of asphalt pavements
- Hanergy harvesting
- Smart sensing technologies
The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.
Planned Paper 1
Title: Volumetric and Mechanical Properties of Cold Central Plant Recycled Asphalt Mixtures
Authors: Chiara Mignini (Polytechnic University of Marche), Andrea Grilli (University of the Republic of San Marino), Gilda Ferrotti (Polytechnic University of Marche), Andrea Graziani (Polytechnic University of Marche)
Planned paper 2
Title: Analysis of fatigue and healing properties of conventional bitumen and bio-binder for road pavements
Elena Gaudenzi, PhD Student, Università Politecnica delle Marche
Fabrizio Cardone, Assistant Professor, Università Politecnica delle Marche
Xiaohu Lu, Senior Researcher, Nynas AB, Stockholm, Sweden
Francesco Canestrari, Professor, Università Politecnica delle Marche