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Special Issue "Sustainable Designed Pavement Materials"

A special issue of Materials (ISSN 1996-1944).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2019

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Sandra Erkens

1. Professor, Pavement Engineering Section, Faculty of Civil Engineering and Geosciences, Delft University of Technology (TUDelft), the Netherlands
2. Principal specialist, Rijkswaterstaat, Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management, the Netherlands
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Interests: testing & modeling of pavement materials; pavement materials and structures; asphalt concrete; road engineering materials
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Assoc. Prof. Dr. Yue Xiao

State Key Laboratory of Silicate Materials for Architectures, Wuhan University of Technology (WUT), China
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Interests: road and pavement materials; pavement design; asphalt pavement surfacing; asphalt pavement maintenance
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Assoc. Prof. Dr. Mingliang Li

Research Institute of Highway Ministry of Transport (RIOH), China
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Interests: porous asphalt pavement; pavements design for sponge city; recycling of pavement materials; pavement maintenance; noise reduction pavement
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Prof. Dr. Tao Ma

School of Transportation, Southeast University (SEU), China
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Interests: crumb rubber modified asphalt; recycling of pavement materials; pavement structure design; cold mix asphalt
Guest Editor
Dr. Xueyan Liu

Pavement Engineering Section, Faculty of Civil Engineering and Geosciences, Delft University of Technology (TUDelft), the Netherlands
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Interests: constitutive modeling; numerical modeling; material experimental characterization of pavement materials; static and dynamic response of reinforcing systems

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleague, 

Pavement materials comprise a substantial proportion of natural resources used for building construction. However, there are many environmental concerns related to their applications and service life. Firstly, a huge amount of energy is consumed during their manufacture, transportation, and application. Secondly, the application of pavement materials will generate PM, VOC, and CO2. Thirdly, the aging characteristics of pavement materials will result in a reduction of service life, followed by energy and resource consumption, and finally aggravate the damage to the environment. These drawbacks of traditional pavement materials require sustainable and renewable paving materials and technologies, for instance, modified pavement materials with longer service life. Recycling technologies can save natural resources. Warm mix and cold mix can decrease the application temperature of asphalt mixture, resulting in less VOC emissions. All these innovative developments are becoming more and more important and attractive for researchers and practitioners in the road industry.

The aim of this Special Issue of Materials is to attract articles on new materials and innovative technologies for achieving sustainable and renewable pavement materials. We welcome original research or review articles with a clear application focus in these areas.

Prof. Dr. Sandra Erkens
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Yue Xiao
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Mingliang Li
Prof. Dr. Tao Ma
Dr. Xueyan Liu
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • Recycling of pavement materials
  • Warm & cold mix asphalt materials
  • Green & environmental-friendly pavement materials
  • Functional pavement materials
  • Self-healing pavement materials
  • Pavement maintenance technologies
  • Eco-efficiency pavement materials

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Open AccessArticle Laboratory and Numerical Investigation of Microwave Heating Properties of Asphalt Mixture
Materials 2019, 12(1), 146; https://doi.org/10.3390/ma12010146
Received: 12 December 2018 / Revised: 25 December 2018 / Accepted: 28 December 2018 / Published: 4 January 2019
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Microwave heating is an encouraging heating technology for the maintenance, recycling, and deicing of asphalt pavement. To investigate the microwave heating properties of asphalt mixture, laboratory tests and numerical simulations were done and compared. Two types of Stone Mastic Asphalt (SMA) mixture samples
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Microwave heating is an encouraging heating technology for the maintenance, recycling, and deicing of asphalt pavement. To investigate the microwave heating properties of asphalt mixture, laboratory tests and numerical simulations were done and compared. Two types of Stone Mastic Asphalt (SMA) mixture samples (with basalt aggregates and steel slag aggregates) were heated using a microwave oven for different times. Numerical simulation models of microwave heating of asphalt mixture were developed with finite element software COMSOL Multiphysics. The main thermal and electromagnetic properties of asphalt mixture, served as the model input parameters, were measured through a series of laboratory tests. Both laboratory-measured and numerical simulated surface temperatures were recorded and analyzed. Results show that the replacement of basalt aggregates with steel slag aggregates can significantly increase the microwave heating efficiency of asphalt mixture. Numerical simulation results have a good correlation with laboratory test results. It is feasible to use the developed model coupling electromagnetic waves with heat transfer to simulate the microwave heating process of asphalt mixture. Full article
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Open AccessArticle Rheological and Interaction Analysis of Asphalt Binder, Mastic and Mortar
Materials 2019, 12(1), 128; https://doi.org/10.3390/ma12010128
Received: 6 December 2018 / Revised: 21 December 2018 / Accepted: 27 December 2018 / Published: 2 January 2019
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This paper investigated the rheological properties of asphalt binder, asphalt mastic and asphalt mortar and the interaction between asphalt binder, mineral filler and fine aggregates. Asphalt binder, mastic and mortar can be regarded as the binding phase at different scales in asphalt concrete.
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This paper investigated the rheological properties of asphalt binder, asphalt mastic and asphalt mortar and the interaction between asphalt binder, mineral filler and fine aggregates. Asphalt binder, mastic and mortar can be regarded as the binding phase at different scales in asphalt concrete. Asphalt mastic is a blend of asphalt binder and mineral filler smaller than 0.075 mm while asphalt mortar consists of asphalt binder, mineral filler and fine aggregate smaller than 2.36 mm. The material compositions of mastic and mortar were determined from the commonly used asphalt mixtures. Dynamic shear rheometer was used to conduct rheological analysis on asphalt binder, mastic and mortar. The obtained test data on complex modulus and phase angle were used for the construction of rheological master curves and the investigation of asphalt-filler/aggregate interaction. Test results indicated a modulus increase of three- to five-fold with the addition of filler and a further increase of one to two orders of magnitude with cumulative addition of fine aggregates into asphalt binder. Fine aggregates resulted in a phase change for mortar at high temperatures and low frequencies. The filler had stronger physical interaction than fine aggregate with an interaction parameter of 1.8–2.8 and 1.15–1.35 respectively. Specific area could enhance asphalt-filler interaction. The mastic and mortar modulus can be well predicted based on asphalt binder modulus by using particle filling effect. Asphalt mortar had a significant modulus reinforcement and phase change and thus could be the closest subscale in terms of performance to that of asphalt mixtures. It could be a vital scale that bridges the gap between asphalt binder and asphalt mixtures in multiscale performance analysis. Full article
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