Special Issue "Sustainable Designed Pavement Materials" Call for Papers

We had launched an Special issue “Sustainable Designed Pavement Materials” in the SCI journal of Materials (IF 2.467). The scope of this special issue will include, but is not limited to, Recycling of pavement materials, Warm & cold mix asphalt materials, Green & environmental-friendly pavement materials, Functional pavement materials, Self-healing pavement materials, Pavement maintenance technologies, Eco-efficiency pavement materials, and so on. Researcher is highly encouraged to submit papers in this Special Issue for possible publication in Materials.

Link to the special issue page:

https://www.mdpi.com/journal/materials/special_issues/sdpm

Introduction of this special issue

Pavement materials comprise a substantial proportion of natural resources used for building construction. However, there are many environmental concerns related to their applications and service life. Firstly, a huge amount of energy is consumed during their manufacture, transportation, and application. Secondly, the application of pavement materials will generate PM, VOC, and CO2. Thirdly, the aging characteristics of pavement materials will result in a reduction of service life, followed by energy and resource consumption, and finally aggravate the damage to the environment. These drawbacks of traditional pavement materials require sustainable and renewable paving materials and technologies, for instance, modified pavement materials with longer service life. Recycling technologies can save natural resources. Warm mix and cold mix can decrease the application temperature of asphalt mixture, resulting in less VOC emissions. All these innovative developments are becoming more and more important and attractive for researchers and practitioners in the road industry.

The aim of this Special Issue of Materials is to attract articles on new materials and innovative technologies for achieving sustainable and renewable pavement materials. We welcome original research or review articles with a clear application focus in these areas.

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2019

The guest editors for this issue are Prof. Dr. Sandra Erkens and Dr. Xueyan Liu from Delft University of Technology, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Yue Xiao from Wuhan University of Technology (WUT), Assoc. Prof. Dr. Mingliang Li from RIOH and Prof. Dr. Tao Ma from Southeast University.

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NSFC Grant received on Bitumen VOCs Reduction

We have successfully received a NSFC Grant on bitumen VOCs reduction. The Grant title is Synthetic Ca(OH)2-incorporated Zeolite as effective VOCs sorbents and ite multi-functional effect for Asphalt materials, with a financial support of 600 thousands RMB, from 201901 to 202212.

Since 2013, Dr. Xiao and his group focused on research on bitumen VOCs. They used GC-MS, TG-MS and some other technics to charaterize the bitumen VOCs. The volatile information of components and amount can be successfully reported with their proposed methods. They also reported the possibility of design Green Bitumen with Lower VOCs, by sythesis effective VOCs absorbers.

Seven peer reviewed journal papers have been published on bitumen VOcs related topic. They are:

Y.S. Long, S.P. Wu, Y. Xiao, P.Q. Cui, H.G. Zhou. VOCs reduction and inhibition mechanisms of using active carbon filler in bituminous materials, Journal of Cleaner Production, 2018, 181, P: 784-793.

Y. Xiao, M. Wan, K.J. Jenkins, S.P. Wu, P.Q. Cui. Using Activated Carbon to Reduce the Volatile Organic Compounds from Bituminous Materials, Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering, 2017, 29(10), P: 04017166.

P.Q Cui, H.G. Zhou, C. Li, S.P. Wu, Y. Xiao. Characteristics of Using Layered Double Hydroxides to Reduce the VOCs from Bituminous Materials, Construction and Building Materials, 2016, 123,  P: 69-77.

P.Q Cui, S.P. Wu, Y. Xiao, M. Wan, P.D. Cui. Inhibiting Effect of Layered Double Hydroxides on the Emissions of Volatile Organic Compounds from Bituminous Materials, Journal of Cleaner Production, 2015, 108, P: 987-991.

P.Q.Cui, S.P. Wu, Y. Xiao and H.H. Zhang, Experimental study on the reduction of fumes emissions in asphalt by different additives, Materials Research Innovations, 2015, 19(S1) P: S1-158-S1-161.

P.Q. Cui, S.P. Wu, Y. Xiao, H.H. Zhang. Study on the deteriorations of bituminous binder resulted from volatile organic compounds emissions. Construction and Building Materials, 2014, 68, P: 644-649.

P.Q. Cui, S.P. Wu, F.Z. Li, Y. Xiao, H.H. Zhang. Investigation on Using SBS and Active Carbon Filler to Reduce the VOC Emission from Bituminous Materials. Materials, 2014, 7(9), P: 6130-6143.

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Award received: Fok Ying Tung Outstanding Young Teacher of Higher Education

At the begining of March, 2018, Dr. Yue Xiao has been awarded third prize for excellent results in teaching and scientific research in the 16th Fok Ying Tung Outstanding Young Teacher of Higher Education, announced by the Department of International Cooperation and Exchanges in the Ministry of Education’s Office.

This young faculty career award, Fok Ying Tung Outstanding Young Teacher of Higher Education, honors 100 people all over China, including 5 first prizes, 15 second prizes and 80 third prizes.

The Fok Ying Tung Education Foundation was co-founded by the Ministry of Education and Dr. Henry Fok Ying Tung, a well-known Hong Kong entrepreneur who donated 100 million HKD in 1986. The Young Faculty Career Award was set up to finance and reward teachers under 35 who have made outstanding achievements in teaching and research. It is presented every two years.

One other WUT (Wuhan University of Technology) teacher, Tang Haoling, from the State Key Laboratory of Advanced Technology for Materials Synthesis and Processing, received the 14th in 2014. WUT teachers have been now honored two times.

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Special Issue "Environment-Friendly Construction Materials" Call for Papers

We had launched an Special issue “Environment-Friendly Construction Materials” in the SCI journal of Materials (IF 2.654). The scope of this special issue will include, but is not limited to, cementitious paving materials, bituminous paving materials, recycled materials, waste materials, and so on. Researcher is highly encouraged to submit papers in this Special Issue for possible publication in Materials.

Link to the special issue page:

http://www.mdpi.com/journal/materials/special_issues/EFCM

Keywords of this special issue

  • Social and economic aspects of mega projects
  • Asphalt-based & cement-based mixtures
  • Pavement engineering
  • Environmental impact
  • Sustainable materials
  • Planning process
  • Digitalization of mega infrastructures
  • Pavement maintenance

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 February 2019

The guest editors for this issue are Prof. Dr. Shaopeng Wu from Wuhan University of Technology (WUT), Prof. Dr. Inge Hoff from Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Prof. Dr. Serji Amirkhanian from University of Alabama, and Assoc. Prof. Dr. Yue Xiao from Wuhan University of Technology (WUT).

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Comparative evaluation of designing asphalt treated base mixture with composite aggregate types

Abstract: This study aims at investigating the possibility of using basalt, limestone and andesite aggregates combinations in asphalt treated base mixture. Rapid developing of asphalt pavement construction results in the lack of high quality aggregates and environmental damage. Using the composite aggregates in asphalt mixtures is an effective way to solve problems of aggregate shortage and minimize the environmental depredation.

Two types of composition methods, Coarse-Fine (C-F) composition method and Coarse-Coarse (C-C) composition method, were proposed and studied. Effective density was used in the mixture design to improve the accuracy on using composite aggregate. Research results illustrate that composite aggregate will change the volumetric properties of composite asphalt mixtures. The incorporation of alkaline coarse aggregates or surface roughness coarse aggregates on the aggregate can improve the mechanical properties of asphalt treated base. Asphalt mixture with composite of basalt and limestone aggregates can significantly enhance the moisture resistance property. Changing the types of coarse aggregates will result in more variables than changing the fine aggregates types.

Keywords: Composite aggregate, Asphalt treated base, Effective density, Road performance, Asphalt mixture

Find it via ScienceDirect, get PDF via My ResearchGate Page.

D.Z. Kong, Y. Xiao* (Corresponding Author), S.P. Wu, N. Tang, J.T. Ling, F.S. Wang. Comparative evaluation of designing asphalt treated base mixture with composite aggregate types, Construction and Building Materials, Volume 156, 15 December, 2017, P: 819-827.

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