Special Issue "Pavement Materials and Sustainability"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Mayca Rubio-Gámez
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Construction Engineering Lab, LabIC.UGR, Construction Engineering Department, University of Granada, 18001 Granada, Spain
Interests: asphalt pavements; design and mechanical characterization; sustainable and smart materials and technologies for transportation infrastructure; fatigue behavior; long lasting asphalt materials; environmental assessment; LCA
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Dr. Ana Jiménez del Barco Carrión
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Construction Engineering Lab, LabIC.UGR, Construction Engineering Department, University of Granada, 18001 Granada, Spain
Interests: civil engineering; construction materials; transport infrastructures; asphalt pavements; recycling; sustainable materials; renewable materials; biomaterials; life cycle assessment; sustainability assessment
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

During the last several decades, the need to preserve natural resources and meet sustainable targets, such as those established in the Paris Agreement, has led us to pay more attention to the inclusion of sustainable criteria in all engineering projects.

The road pavement industry has a great impact on the three pillars of sustainability (environment, economy, and society). Environmentally, the construction and maintenance of roads involves a high consumption of non-renewable natural resources (e.g., aggregates and bitumen) and generates large amounts of greenhouse gas emissions. Economically, roads are the main means of transportation worldwide and their correct functionality is essential to ensure the correct development of the economy. Linked to this, the importance of the proper performance of road networks is crucial for the daily lives of the majority of people in society. In this regard, it is the responsibility of civil engineers to establish more sustainable development in the road pavement industry, including the selection of more sustainable pavement materials and strategies for project design, manufacturing, construction, and maintenance. 

Thus, this Special Issue entitled “Pavement Materials and Sustainability” aims to publish the latest original and innovative research developed in the field of pavement materials, with special emphasis on sustainability aspects. We encourage authors to submit their research focused on the development of more sustainable materials for pavements, and their life cycle assessment (LCA), life cycle cost analysis (LCCA), and/or any sustainability assessments. Papers including research related to pavement materials and sustainability, considering project design, construction, manufacturing, and maintenance techniques are also welcome.  

We are very much looking forward to receiving your work before 30 June 2021.

Dr. Mayca Rubio
Dr. Ana Jiménez del Barco Carrión
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • pavement materials
  • sustainability
  • asphalt
  • recycling
  • LCA
  • LCCA
  • roads

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Strength Development and Shrinkage of Superabsorbent Polymer Concrete with Calcium Sulfoaluminate Clinker and Shrinkage Reducing Admixture
Sustainability 2021, 13(15), 8362; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/su13158362 - 27 Jul 2021
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In this study, we analyzed the strength and shrinkage properties of concrete with three additives, superabsorbent polymer (SAP), calcium sulfoaluminate (CSA) clinker, and shrinkage-reducing admixture (SRA), to verify the internal curing and shrinkage reduction effects. According to compressive strength tests, the use of [...] Read more.
In this study, we analyzed the strength and shrinkage properties of concrete with three additives, superabsorbent polymer (SAP), calcium sulfoaluminate (CSA) clinker, and shrinkage-reducing admixture (SRA), to verify the internal curing and shrinkage reduction effects. According to compressive strength tests, the use of SAP as an additive resulted in a slight decrease in compressive strength, whereas using 10% CSA clinker as an additive resulted in a compressive strength 8 MPa higher than that of ordinary concrete. In the shrinkage tests, we observed the shrinkage behavior at the surface and in the middle of the concrete while exposing the surface to ambient air for 80 days. According to the results, SAP and SRA had greater shrinkage reduction effects on the concrete than CSA clinker. In particular, the shrinkage reduction rate achieved by adding SAP to the mixture was approximately 32% compared with ordinary concrete. Based on this result, we concluded that the shrinkage of the mixture reduced due to the internal curing effect (humidity adjustment within the concrete) of the SAP. In addition, the shrinkage reduction effect was maximized when we added these materials simultaneously. In particular, the shrinkage reduction rate achieved by adding SAP and SRA together was found to be approximately 69% compared with ordinary concrete. When we added CSA, SAP, and SRA to the concrete mixture, the shrinkage reduction rate was approximately 96% compared with ordinary concrete, making this the best shrinkage reduction effect achieved. Full article
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Evaluation of Physical, Chemical, and Environmental Properties of Biomass Bottom Ash for Use as a Filler in Bituminous Mixtures
Sustainability 2021, 13(8), 4119; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/su13084119 - 07 Apr 2021
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The road construction sector is one of the most raw material-intensive sectors in existence. As a result, it has a significant impact on the environment. For this reason, there are several research projects in which industrial by-products are used as raw materials. In [...] Read more.
The road construction sector is one of the most raw material-intensive sectors in existence. As a result, it has a significant impact on the environment. For this reason, there are several research projects in which industrial by-products are used as raw materials. In turn, energy production from biomass combustion is considered to be one of the most promising energy sources. However, this type of energy produces a number of wastes that need to be treated, such as biomass bottom ash. This research evaluates the properties of biomass bottom ash for use as a filler in bituminous mixtures and quantifies the environmental advantages of its use. For this purpose, the chemical composition of the ashes was analysed and their properties were physically characterised to confirm their suitability as a filler. Subsequently, the advantages of its processing compared to limestone filler, lime, or cement were calculated with SimaPro software. The results showed acceptable properties of biomass bottom ash for use as a filler, as well as a drastic reduction in the environmental impact of its processing. In short, this research presents the basis for the development of further bituminous mixtures with biomass bottom ash, reducing the extraction of raw materials and avoiding landfill disposal. Full article
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A Systematic Review of the Hydrological, Environmental and Durability Performance of Permeable Pavement Systems
Sustainability 2021, 13(8), 4509; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/su13084509 - 18 Apr 2021
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Due to urbanization, large portions of vegetated territory have been replaced by waterproof surfaces. The consequences are greater outflows, lower infiltration, and lower evapotranspiration. Pavement systems made with permeable surfaces allow the infiltration of water, ensuring reduction of runoff volume. In this paper, [...] Read more.
Due to urbanization, large portions of vegetated territory have been replaced by waterproof surfaces. The consequences are greater outflows, lower infiltration, and lower evapotranspiration. Pavement systems made with permeable surfaces allow the infiltration of water, ensuring reduction of runoff volume. In this paper, the methods of analysis of the hydrological and environmental performance of the pavement systems are reviewed in the context of urban drainage and regarding their durability. The purpose is to present an overview of the studies published during the last decade in the field. The Pubmed and Web Science Core Collection electronic databases were used to conduct the scientific literature survey. This generated 1238 papers, of which only 17 met the criteria and were included and discussed in this review. The evidence drawn from the knowledge on which the document is based provides useful critical interpretations of existing studies to progress the current understanding on hydrological performance and environment impacts in terms of conventional pollutant removal efficiency and the current permeable pavement systems. Full article
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