In recent years, there has been a growing focus on pavement design and corresponding material performance evaluations due to increasing concerns over climate change and environmental degradation. Traditional road construction practices often result in high energy consumption, greenhouse gas emissions, and the depletion of natural resources. This has led researchers and engineers to explore alternative solutions that minimize the ecological footprint of pavement construction and maintenance.
To explore the breadth of pavement materials research, several topics are suggested for this Special Issue. First, research papers could address the development and characterization of pavement materials, molecular simulations, and microscopic characterization for bituminous materials' modification, such as recycled aggregates, reclaimed asphalt pavement (RAP), or bio-based binders. This topic aims to highlight the use of alternative materials that minimize the consumption of natural resources and reduce waste generation. Unconventional waste, such as E-waste, medical waste, agro-waste, industrial waste with alternative binders such as alkali-activated materials, and geopolymers in pavement applications, should be addressed.
Next, topics revolving around innovative construction and maintenance practices would be very beneficial. This would include research on novel pavement design methods, such as incorporating porous pavements for stormwater management or utilizing warm mix asphalt technologies for reduced energy consumption during construction. Additionally, we hope to receive studies addressing effective techniques for pavement recycling, rehabilitation, and maintenance to minimize environmental impacts.
In addition, studies focusing on the evaluation of sustainable pavement performance and durability would be valuable contributions. This research could investigate the long-term behavior of eco-friendly materials and techniques, considering factors like load conditions, severe environmental conditions, and overall structural integrity.
We invite you to share your latest research in this Special Issue of Materials. Both original research articles and reviews are welcome. Research areas may include (but are not limited to) the following:
Activation mechanisms and characterization of modified asphalt properties.
Molecular simulations and microscopic characterization for bituminous materials' modification.
Multiscale mechanics and Multiphysics modeling for pavement structure and materials.
Mechanical response and failure mechanism of the adhesive layer of asphalt pavement.
Intelligent transportation of infrastructural materials and technologies.
Simulation of pavement structures and materials.
We look forward to receiving your contributions.
|Period||10 Nov 2023 → 10 Sept 2024|
|Type of journal||Journal|
|Degree of Recognition||International|
- reclaimed asphalt pavement (RAP)
- performance evaluation
- life cycle analysis (LCA)
- recycled concrete pavement (RCP)
- warm-mix asphalt (WMA)