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Asphalt Binder and Sustainable Pavement Design

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Sustainable Materials".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 27 May 2024 | Viewed by 1341

Special Issue Editors

Director & Associate Professor, Southern Colorado Institute of Transportation Technology & School of Engineering, Colorado State University Pueblo, Pueblo, CO 81001, USA
Interests: transportation geotechniques (soil, aggregates, erosion controls, asphalt); pavement analysis; pavement design; non-destructive testing of pavement; instrumentation; pavement distresses; recycling of asphalt; energy savings in pavement
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Dr. Hasan Faisal
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School of Engineering, Colorado State University Pueblo, Pueblo, CO 81008, USA
Interests: asphalt; pavement materials; asphalt additives; plastics in asphalt; RAP; thin film viscoelasticity; thin films; nano & micro mechanical characteristics of materials

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

We are delighted to invite you to contribute to a Special Issue of the Journal of Sustainability, focused on "Asphalt Binder and Sustainable Pavement Design". As guest editors for this edition, our aim is to bring together the latest research and innovations in asphalt pavement engineering, with a strong emphasis on sustainable practices, advanced technologies, and environmental considerations.

Rationale for the Special Issue:

Transportation infrastructure, particularly asphalt pavement, plays a vital role in supporting economic growth and connectivity; however, it presents significant financial and environmental challenges. As construction and maintenance costs escalate, the demand for sustainable solutions to reduce environmental impact, optimize resources, and enhance pavement performance grows.

This Special Issue aims to address these challenges and highlight the pivotal role of asphalt binder in sustainable pavement design. We will focus on asphaltic materials, production methods, polymer modification, recycling agents, and technological advancements to create a comprehensive platform for knowledge exchange among researchers and practitioners.

Topics of Interest:

The Special Issue will explore innovative materials and techniques to enhance the sustainability of asphalt pavements. Topics of interest include recycled asphalt singles, rubber-modified asphalt, recycled-plastic asphalt, warm-mix asphalt, cold-mix asphalt, and other similar binders. Our aim is to promote cutting-edge research that reduces reliance on non-renewable resources, minimizes greenhouse gas emissions, and boosts the overall resilience of asphalt pavements.

Additionally, we will focus on sustainable pavement design practices that extend pavement service life, reduce maintenance costs, and minimize environmental impact. We encourage contributions exploring novel approaches to asphalt mix design, characterization, and evaluation, with an emphasis on high-performance materials and eco-friendly additives.

Call for Contributions:

We welcome original research papers, review articles, and technical notes addressing the following topics (but not limited to):

  1. Innovative asphalt mix design and characterization.
  2. High-performance asphalt materials and additives.
  3. Recycling and reuse of reclaimed asphalt pavement (RAP).
  4. Warm mix asphalt (WMA) technologies.
  5. Asphalt pavement preservation and maintenance strategies.
  6. Sustainable and eco-friendly asphalt pavement practices.
  7. Advances in asphalt pavement construction and rehabilitation techniques.
  8. Evaluation and monitoring of asphalt pavement performance.
  9. Life-cycle assessment and environmental impact analysis.
  10. Novel applications of asphalt pavements in specialized areas.
  11. Technological developments for improving asphalt pavement sustainability.
  12. Smart and connected infrastructure for intelligent asphalt pavements.

Join us in this endeavor:

We extend our heartfelt invitation to researchers, academicians, and professionals from diverse backgrounds to contribute their valuable work to this Special Issue. Through collaboration and knowledge exchange, we can drive the transformation of asphalt pavement engineering towards a more sustainable and environmentally conscious future.

Dr. Md Rashadul Islam
Dr. Hasan Faisal
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All submissions that pass pre-check are peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Sustainability is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 2400 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • asphalt binder
  • recycled asphalt pavement
  • rubber-modified asphalt
  • recycled plastic asphalt
  • warm-mix asphalt
  • cold-mix asphalt
  • pavement performance

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24 pages, 4637 KiB  
A Review of Rubberised Asphalt for Flexible Pavement Applications: Production, Content, Performance, Motivations and Future Directions
Sustainability 2023, 15(19), 14481; - 04 Oct 2023
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The crumb rubber (CR) recycled from waste tyres could be a viable alternative in achieving green pavements that offer exciting new markets to global investors. Adding CR into flexible pavements enhances their performance and ensures environmental sustainability. This paper will discuss the production [...] Read more.
The crumb rubber (CR) recycled from waste tyres could be a viable alternative in achieving green pavements that offer exciting new markets to global investors. Adding CR into flexible pavements enhances their performance and ensures environmental sustainability. This paper will discuss the production variables, CR sizes and contents, blending techniques, optimum bitumen contents, morphology, standard characteristics, rheological characteristics, mechanical performance, greenhouse gas emissions, energy consumption and life cycle cost. This review study found that compared to traditional asphalt mixtures, the CR-modified asphalts had superior performance and longer service life. However, the dearth of information on several factors in CR asphalt production, including greenhouse gas emissions, energy consumption and life cycle cost during recycling, causes many agencies in the global asphalt industry to continue employing costly, energy-consuming additives such as styrene-butadiene-styrene (SBS) instead of CR to enhance asphalt. Full article
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Asphalt Binder and Sustainable Pavement Design)
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