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Incorporating Sustainable and Resilience Approaches in Asphalt Pavements

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (10 June 2022) | Viewed by 8108

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School of Civil Engineering, Iran University of Science and Technology, Tehran 16846-13114, Iran
Interests: sustainable transport infrastructures; bituminous materials; self-healing construction materials; pavement recycling; resilient pavements; waste materials

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Department of Civil Engineering, Aalto University, 02150 Espoo, Finland
Interests: alternative paving materials; microstructure and numerical modeling in pavement; mechanical property analysis and measurements; advanced materials and structures; failure analysis; fracture mechanics
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Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO 65211, USA
Interests: asphalt recycling; sustainable pavement; rubber-modification of asphalt pavements; pavement management system; balanced mix design; asphalt binder/mixture characterization; machine learning

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School of Architecture and Civil Engineering, Xi'an University of Science and Technology Xi'an 710054, China
Interests: durability of transportation infrastructure in special areas; solid waste recycling; large-scale utilization

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The efforts of highway agencies are moving toward modern technologies and smart materials that increase pavement service life and decrease the infrastructure construction and maintenance costs. Accordingly, essential developments are achieved in the material technology and maintenance approaches for road, airfield, and port infrastructures.

On the other hand, recycling techniques for asphalt pavements continue to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and help reduce the exploitation of natural resources and deduct the amount of waste material in the environment. The incorporation of novel materials and technologies (e.g., self-healing materials, phase change materials, mechanomutable materials, etc.) into the asphalt pavements helps to construct a more durable road and reduces costs and adverse environmental issues.

Generally, it can be deduced from the global trends of pavement engineering research and development that there is a need to follow the sustainability concepts. Although sustainability concepts are not new and have often been incorporated unsystematically, they should be quantified and introduced into organized procedures in pavement engineering works.

We are pleased to invite you to contribute to the Special Issue entitled “Incorporating Sustainable and Resilience Approaches in Asphalt Pavements”, which aims to gather a series of high-quality articles related to sustainable and resilience aspects of asphalt pavements. Submitted articles can target different fields including but not limited to the following:

  • Asphalt pavement design and analysis;
  • Asphalt pavement recycling techniques (cold and hot recycling);
  • The use of waste materials in asphalt mixtures;
  • Smart materials and techniques (e.g., self-healing materials, phase change materials, mechanomutable materials, energy harvesting);
  • Asphalt pavement monitoring and nondestructive testing (NDT);
  • Pavement condition evaluation and management;
  • Environmental assessment of asphalt pavements (emission and leaching measurements);
  • Rheological and microstructural analysis of asphalt binders;
  • Stabilizing granular layers with different agents, such as hydraulic binders, asphalt emulsion etc.;
  • Sustainability/durability assessment of asphalt pavements;
  • Climates change and asphalt pavement resilience;
  • Asphalt binder modification;
  • Asphalt mixture quality certification;
  • Balanced mix design;
  • Life-cycle cost analysis (LCCA) of asphalt pavement;
  • Semi-flexible pavements;
  • Novel surfacing materials;
  • Skid resistance of asphalt pavements;
  • Balanced mix design (BMD);
  • Embedded monitoring systems (embedded fiber sensor);
  • Accelerated pavement testing (APT);
  • Asphalt binder rheology

Prof. Dr. Pooyan Ayar
Dr. Augusto Cannone Falchetto
Dr. Hamed Majidifard
Dr. Xiaolong Zou
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • asphalt mixture
  • asphalt pavement
  • sustainability assessment
  • reclaimed asphalt pavement (RAP)
  • warm mix asphalt (WMA)
  • cold mix asphalt
  • smart materials
  • pavement maintenance system
  • life-cycle assessment (LCA)
  • waste materials
  • modified asphalt binders
  • rejuvenators
  • soil stabilization

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Development of Prediction Models for Performance of Flexible Pavements in Kansas with Emphasis on the Effects of Subgrade and Unbound Layers
by Dunja Perić, Gyuhyeong Goh, Javad Saeidaskari, Arash Saeidi Rashk Olia and Pooyan Ayar
Sustainability 2022, 14(15), 9020; https://doi.org/10.3390/su14159020 - 22 Jul 2022
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This study resulted from the need for better consideration of subgrade and unbound layers on the performance of flexible pavements in Kansas. Thus, the main objective was to develop pavement performance prediction models with emphasis on the effects of subgrade and unbound layers. [...] Read more.
This study resulted from the need for better consideration of subgrade and unbound layers on the performance of flexible pavements in Kansas. Thus, the main objective was to develop pavement performance prediction models with emphasis on the effects of subgrade and unbound layers. To this end, pavement distress data, which were collected over several years across the state of Kansas, including rutting, fatigue cracking, transverse cracking, roughness and core analysis, served as the input data into statistical models. The effects of subgrade and unbound layers were represented by the corresponding results of dynamic cone penetrometer (DCP) tests and thickness of the unbound layer. In addition, traffic volume was represented by average annual daily truck traffic (AADTT). Multiple statistical analyses identified positive correlations of dynamic cone penetration index (DPI) and rate of total rutting, and DPI and percent of good core. Negative correlation was discovered between DPI and fatigue cracking code one, and DPI and percent of poor core. AADTT was positively correlated with transverse cracking codes one and two while it had no correlation with transverse cracking code zero. Thickness of the unbound layer was negatively correlated with pavement roughness and percent of poor core, while it was positively correlated with the percent of good core. Finally, the recommendation for minimum acceptable value of California bearing ratio (CBR) was provided based on the correlation between DPI and rate of change of rutting code. The recommendation enables the selection of a CBR value based on the number of years required for unit increase in the rutting code. Full article
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Aging Characteristics of Asphalt Binder under Strong Ultraviolet Irradiation in Northwest China
by Ling Zou, Yan Zhang and Bangyi Liu
Sustainability 2021, 13(19), 10753; https://doi.org/10.3390/su131910753 - 28 Sep 2021
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Asphalt pavement is significantly affected by ultraviolet (UV) aging. Therefore, the establishment of an asphalt UV aging evaluation system is desirable for highway construction in areas which experience strong UV radiation. In this study, Dunhuang City in Gansu Province (northwest China) was used [...] Read more.
Asphalt pavement is significantly affected by ultraviolet (UV) aging. Therefore, the establishment of an asphalt UV aging evaluation system is desirable for highway construction in areas which experience strong UV radiation. In this study, Dunhuang City in Gansu Province (northwest China) was used as the research site. Base and SBS modified asphalts were selected, and their performance changes before and after UV aging were studied. An asphalt UV aging evaluation system was established, including the conditions for an indoor, accelerated UV aging test as well as evaluation indicators. The results showed that the adverse effect of UV aging on asphalt performance was greater than that of RTFOT and PAV, and that the low-temperature performance of asphalt degraded most rapidly. SBS modified asphalt was more resistant to UV aging than base asphalt, while 60/80 pen grade base asphalt was found to be unsuitable for use on pavements which are exposed to strong UV radiation. The residual penetration, penetration attenuation index at 25 °C, and residual ductility of the asphalt were used as indicators to characterize the aging of asphalt, while the fracture energy method was used as a supplementary evaluation method. Full article
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Addressing Climate Change Resilience in Pavements: Major Vulnerability Issues and Adaptation Measures
by Mohamed Saleh and Leila Hashemian
Sustainability 2022, 14(4), 2410; https://doi.org/10.3390/su14042410 - 21 Feb 2022
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Climate change is the one of the greatest challenges of our time, and it poses a threat to the surrounding built and natural environments. This review paper addresses climate change resilience in pavements by considering major vulnerability issues and adaptation measures. First, a [...] Read more.
Climate change is the one of the greatest challenges of our time, and it poses a threat to the surrounding built and natural environments. This review paper addresses climate change resilience in pavements by considering major vulnerability issues and adaptation measures. First, a review on foundational information of climate change related to transportation infrastructure is provided to bring all transportation professionals and practitioners to the same knowledge base on climate change terminology. Such information includes sources of climate information, climate scenarios, downscaling climate data, and uncertainty in climate projection information. Relevant climate stressors to pavements are discussed in some depth, including the most significant ones, which are increases in temperature and precipitation intensity. Thus, the proposed different engineering-informed adaptation measures relevant to the climate stressors of interest were evidence-based with reference to published peer-reviewed articles and case studies. Such adaptation solutions are related to monitoring pavement key performance parameters and pavement adaptations in structural design, robust materials and mix design, along with adaptation in maintenance, regulation, and construction. Efforts to adapt pavement systems to climate change are ongoing. In addition to such research works, this study concludes that impacts of adaptation measures on pavement and environment should be incorporated in the decision-making process in planning and design. This makes it important to integrate practical adaptation strategies in design and construction standards and guides, and implement awareness and education of climate change adaptation among engineers and practitioners. Full article
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