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Progress and Challenge of Sustainable Transportation Infrastructure

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 June 2023) | Viewed by 3513

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The Key Laboratory of Urban Security and Disaster Engineering of Ministry of Education, Beijing University of Technology, Beijing 100124, China
Interests: innovative characterization methods of sustainable pavement materials; environmentally friendly pavement materials and structures; mechanistic modeling of fatigue cracking and durability of pavement materials; the mechanism of aging and recycling of asphaltic materials and its multiscale evaluation methods; emerging technologies and materials for pavement preservation and maintenance; life cycle assessment of transportation infrastructure
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School of Traffic and Transportation Engineering, Shijiazhuang Tiedao University, Shijiazhuang 266100, China
Interests: emergency traffic; intelligent transportation system; geographic information system for transportation; analysis of Urban Traffic; International Traffic Management; urban rail transport
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China Academy of Transportation Sciences, Beijing 100101, China
Interests: green transportation; transportation and travel integration; energy saving and carbon reduction; road ecology; road landscape

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School of Civil Engineering, Shandong University, Jinan 250061, Shandong Province, China
Interests: maintenance of permeable pavement and rainwater collection and utilization
Department of Civil Engineering, Aalto University, 02150 Espoo, Finland
Interests: asphalt pavement; low-temperature properties of bituminous materials; sustainability of road infrastructures; fatigue properties of asphalt mixtures; solid recycling materials used in asphalt pavement
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School of Transportation Science and Engieering, Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin 150090, China
Interests: multiscale characterization; digital design; intelligent monitoring
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Dear Colleagues,

With the emergence of extreme climate change and the increasing traffic load in recent years, the performance requirements for transportation infrastructure materials are increasing. Sustainable Transportation Infrastructures have attracted much attention from the research community and industry. Generally, the performance and the carbon emissions would trip over each other. Traditional research methods based on macroscopic mechanical properties can barely meet the requirements of high-performance and low-carbon transportation infrastructure. With the development of low-carbon technology in recent years have come methods to evaluate the carbon emission of transportation infrastructure in the whole life cycle. Combined with multiscale performance testing, the balance between the performance and low-carbon emissions in the design of transportation infrastructure would be the future.

This Special Issue encourages submissions of recent work that furthers an understanding of the durability and low-carbon emissions for transportation infrastructure. This Special Issue also lays out an interdisciplinary framework that not only aims to advance specific areas of science and engineering but also to help advance the state of practice in transportation engineering. Review articles that describe the current state-of-the-art are also encouraged.

Prof. Dr. Meng Guo
Dr. Xingju Wang
Dr. Yaping Kong
Dr. Jiong Zhang
Dr. Di Wang
Dr. Chao Xing
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Keywords

  • sustainable transportation infrastructure
  • life cycle assessment
  • low-carbon
  • recycling
  • environmentally friendly design and construction
  • odour-removing technology
  • multiscale
  • numerical simulation
  • layout of sustainable transportation infrastructure
  • data-driven modelling
  • resilience
  • road ecology
  • road landscape

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Study on Vehicle–Road Interaction for Autonomous Driving
by Runhua Guo, Siquan Liu, Yulin He and Li Xu
Sustainability 2022, 14(18), 11693; https://doi.org/10.3390/su141811693 - 17 Sep 2022
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Autonomous vehicles (AVs) are becoming increasingly popular, and this can potentially affect road performance. Road performance also influences driving comfort and safety for AVs. In this study, the influence of changes in traffic volume and wheel track distribution caused by AVs on the [...] Read more.
Autonomous vehicles (AVs) are becoming increasingly popular, and this can potentially affect road performance. Road performance also influences driving comfort and safety for AVs. In this study, the influence of changes in traffic volume and wheel track distribution caused by AVs on the rutting distress of asphalt pavement was investigated through finite element simulations. A vehicle-mounted three-dimensional laser profiler was used to obtain pavement roughness and texture information. The vehicle vibration acceleration was obtained through vehicle dynamics simulations, and the skid resistance indexes of 20 rutting specimens were collected. The results showed that an increase in traffic volume caused by the increasing AV traffic accelerated the occurrence of rutting distress; however, the uniform distribution of vehicles at both ends of the transverse direction could prolong the maintenance life of flexible and semi-rigid pavements by 0.041 and 0.530 years, respectively. According to Carsim and Trucksim vehicle simulations and multiple linear regression fitting, the relationship models of three factors, namely speed, road roughness, and comfort, showed high fitting accuracies; however, there were some differences among the models. Among the texture indexes, the arithmetic mean’s height (Ra) had the greatest influence on the tire–road friction coefficient; Ra greatly influenced the safe driving of AVs. The findings of this study were used to present a speed control strategy for AVs based on the roughness and texture index for ensuring comfort and safety during automatic driving. Full article
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Long-Term Service Performance of Hard-Grade Asphalt Concrete Base Pavement Based on Accelerated Loading Test of Full-Scale Structure
by Yang Wu, Xingye Zhou, Xudong Wang and Lingyan Shan
Sustainability 2022, 14(15), 9712; https://doi.org/10.3390/su14159712 - 07 Aug 2022
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In order to evaluate the feasibility of using hard-grade asphalt concrete in China’s highway construction, based on the accelerated loading test of the full-scale track of the Research Institute of Highway Ministry of Transport (RIOHTrack), the long-term service performance of hard-grade asphalt concrete [...] Read more.
In order to evaluate the feasibility of using hard-grade asphalt concrete in China’s highway construction, based on the accelerated loading test of the full-scale track of the Research Institute of Highway Ministry of Transport (RIOHTrack), the long-term service performance of hard-grade asphalt concrete base pavement was studied, and its actual service effect was evaluated. The study found that hard-grade asphalt concrete has higher strength, modulus and high-temperature stability. Although the low-temperature performance is generally not as good as that of asphalt, with a penetration grade (PG) of 60/80, it has equivalent or better cracking resistance in the area where the RIOHTrack is located. During the five-year observation period, the rutting deformation of the pavement structure showed an annual fluctuation increase. In comparison, the rutting resistance of a hard-grade asphalt concrete base structure can be increased by approximately 16%, and the deflection value is smaller, so the long-term performance of the anti-rutting effect and structural bearing capacity are better. The study shows that hard-grade asphalt concrete base pavement is suitable for highway construction in parts of China, where the climate is similar to that of the RIOHTrack location, or the temperature is higher or the latitude is lower. Full article
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