Special Issue "Advanced Pavement Materials in Road Construction"

A special issue of Applied Sciences (ISSN 2076-3417). This special issue belongs to the section "Materials Science and Engineering".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 29 February 2024 | Viewed by 435

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Centre of Physics of Minho and Porto, Universities (CF-UM-UP), Azurém Campus, University of Minho, 4800-058 Guimarães, Portugal
Interests: asphalt mixtures; cement materials, road pavements; civil engineering materials; nanotechnology; functionalized nanoscale and nanostructured materials and surfaces; photocatalytic coatings; self-cleaning; superhydrophobic, thermochromic and phase change materials; air purifying
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Centre of Physics of Minho and Porto Universities, University of Minho, Azurém Campus, 4800-058 Guimarães, Portugal
Interests: material science; nanotechnology; thin films; functionalized nanoscale and nanostructured materials and surfaces; photocatalytic coatings (thin films, nanoparticles) with self-cleaning, antifogging, air-purifying, and antibacterial functions; advanced characterization techniques
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

This Special Issue, entitled “Advanced Pavement Materials in Road Construction", aims to publish theoretical and experimental studies and reviews related to the advances in pavements materials for road construction.

Nowadays, different types of recycled materials are being used to design more sustainable asphalt mixtures, such as steel slags, reclaimed asphalt pavement (RAP), construction and demolition waste, waste glass, tire rubber and polymers. Researchers are also concerned with using life cycle analysis (LCA) to analyze the sustainable impact of different types of technologies and (recycled) materials over their lifetimes. In terms of evaluating these pavements, accelerated pavement testing, as well as instrumentation and monitoring with non-destructive techniques, have received increasing attention in recent years. The numerical modeling of materials and pavement structures is of paramount importance as it enables accurate prediction of performance and helps to optimize the design to enhance durability and cost-effectiveness. Regarding friction, studies of pavement roughness and friction measurements are essential for improving road safety. Nano/microparticles have been applied to road pavements in order to improve their mechanical properties or develop a new functionality (functionalization process). Perpetual pavements have significant importance as they are designed to provide extended service life with minimal maintenance, resulting in long-term cost savings and generating sustainable infrastructure solutions.

Thus, we invite researchers to contribute original innovative research works that will foster the continuous development of advanced concepts for the benefit, in the short and medium term, of the scientific community and industrial sectors, with potential impact on specific market niches and its end users. Articles dealing with, but not limited to, the following topical subheadings are deemed suitable for publication:

  • Use of nano/microparticles into/over asphalt and cementitious materials;
  • Nanomodification of asphalt binders;
  • Photocatalytic and Self-cleaning asphalt mixtures, cement mortars and concretes;
  • Life cycle analysis (LCA) in road pavements;
  • Instrumentation and monitoring of road pavements;
  • Accelerated pavement testing;
  • Pavement roughness and friction measurements;
  • Recycling (new technologies, experiences, design with waste, waste glass, tire rubber and polymers, among others);
  • Perpetual pavements;
  • Numerical modeling of pavement structures;
  • Non-destructive techniques to assess pavement properties;
  • Self-healing asphalt mixtures, cement mortars and concretes;
  • De-icing and anti-icing pavements;
  • Water-repellent road materials surfaces (including superhydrophobic surfaces);
  • Latent heat thermal energy storage including phase change material (PCM) applications on road pavement materials;
  • Chromogenic (including thermochromic) materials to road components (including horizontal and vertical markings);
  • Piezoelectric materials applied to road pavements;
  • Sensor application of road pavements.

All researchers in this field are invited to submit a manuscript to this Special Issue. Submissions should be the form of research papers, communications, reviews, among others.

Dr. Iran Rocha Segundo
Prof. Dr. Joaquim Carneiro
Guest Editors

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  • recycled materials
  • sustainable asphalt mixtures
  • life cycle analysis (LCA)
  • accelerated pavement testing
  • instrumentation and monitoring
  • numerical modeling
  • friction measurements
  • nano/microparticles in road pavements
  • perpetual pavements
  • self-healing materials

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Influence of the Surface Texture Parameters of Asphalt Pavement on Light Reflection Characteristics
Appl. Sci. 2023, 13(23), 12824; https://doi.org/10.3390/app132312824 - 29 Nov 2023
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The optical reflection characteristics of asphalt pavement have an important influence on road-lighting design, and the macrotexture and microtexture of asphalt pavement significantly affect its reflection characteristics. To investigate the impact of texture parameters on the retroreflection coefficient of asphalt pavement, the texture [...] Read more.
The optical reflection characteristics of asphalt pavement have an important influence on road-lighting design, and the macrotexture and microtexture of asphalt pavement significantly affect its reflection characteristics. To investigate the impact of texture parameters on the retroreflection coefficient of asphalt pavement, the texture indices of rutted plate specimens and field asphalt pavement were obtained by a pavement texture tester, including the macrotexture surface area (S1), microtexture surface area (S2), macrotexture distribution density (D1), microtexture distribution density (D2), root mean square slope (Δq), skewness (Rsk), and steepness (Rku). The corresponding retroreflective coefficient RL was measured by using a retroreflectometer. In the laboratory experiments, rutted specimens of AC-13, SMA-13, and OGFC-13 asphalt mixtures were formed. The changes in texture parameters and the retroreflection coefficient of rutting specimens before and after rolling were studied, and a factor-influence model between macro- and microtexture parameters and RL was established, along with correlation models of the texture index and RL. The results show that after the rutting test, S1, S2, D1, D2, Δq, and Rku decreased, Rsk increased, and RL increased. In the single-factor model, the parameters could be used to characterize RL with high prediction accuracy, whereas for the onsite measurements, the parameters Δq, Rsk, and Rku could well characterize RL. The nonlinear model established, based on the BP neural network algorithm, improved the prediction accuracy. This research provides ideas for optimizing the reflection characteristics of asphalt pavement and a decision-making basis for road-lighting design. Full article
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Advanced Pavement Materials in Road Construction)
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