Special Issue "Sustainable Infrastructure Materials and Systems"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 July 2019).
Interests: smart pavement infrastructure; sustainable pavements; asphalt durability; pavement and civil infrastructure materials; tire rubber and waste plastic recycling
Interests: characterization of asphalt concrete materials; pavement fatigue and fracture; recycled materials; aging of asphalt materials; impact of climate change and sea level rise on pavement structures and infrastructure systems; and adaptation alternatives for resilient infrastructure
There is an increasing societal demand and need for sustainable practices to be incorporated into our daily lives and surroundings. Built infrastructure is a large part of our society and a key to the prosperity of individuals and regions. There is a significant opportunity to incorporate sustainability into the planning, construction, and maintenance of built infrastructure. Surface transportation facilities, e.g., pavements, provide a substantial opportunity as they require a significant volume of material that must be quarried or recycled, processed, transported, and constructed. There have been considerable advances in technology related to the design and construction of pavements as well as the materials that are used. The incorporation of recycled materials—from recycled pavements and aggregates to construction and demolition waste, roofing shingles, rubber tires, plastics, and glass—has become increasingly common. In addition, technologies such as warm-mix asphalt (WMA) have been used to decrease emissions and energy requirements and/or to enhance construction quality under a range of conditions. Fracture-resistant concrete, built with coarse reclaimed asphalt pavement (RAP), has been used to create multi-layered, functionally graded pavement systems with enhanced sustainability. If designed and executed properly, these modern approaches to pavement materials and design provide economic, environmental, and, often, duty-cycle extension benefits.
Approaches to evaluate the impact of various pavement materials on the environment, e.g., life cycle assessment (LCA) methods and tools, have been developed and refined in recent years as well. The improved understanding of the contribution of pavement construction, maintenance, and operation to climate change has led to industry-wide changes in practices. Recent research has begun to explore the impact of climate change on pavement assets. Accordingly, approaches have been developed to assess vulnerabilities and to evaluate adaptation alternatives towards more resilient infrastructure in response to climate change.
The sustainability of pavements is clearly a hot topic of interest to researchers, practitioners, and agencies/owners of these assets. This Special Issue will include some of the exciting cutting-edge work that is being done by leading researchers around the world on sustainability issues related to pavement materials and technologies as well as on the assessment and evaluation of sustainability in regard to the impacts of pavements on and resulting from a changing climate.
Prof. William G. Buttlar
Prof. Jo E. Sias
Manuscript Submission Information
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- life cycle assessment
- climate change