Collaborative Proposal: Evaluation of Biotechnologies for Flexible Pavement Applications

The use of biotechnology has many benefits in construction applications, in this case, the construction and performance of flexible pavements. From a materials standpoint, the potential use of biomaterials can reduce the dependency on petroleum products required for asphalt materials, as well as helping to reduce greenhouse emissions during production and construction. If adaptable, biomaterials may also be able to help increase the general life of the pavement while reducing the cost of construction. Biotechnologies may also be able to help in the stabilization of subgrade soils prior to constructing roadways over top of them. Researchers have found that the use of microbial activity allows for a level of stabilization in liquefiable soils. Including the use of biomaterials to help stabilize these problematic soils is a cost effective and environmentally sensitive solution. Although biomaterials has shown to help improve pavement and soil performance, there is also evidence to show that some pavement biodeterioration does occur and may affect the general roughness of the pavement. To conclude the research study, an assessment of paved road deterioration due to biodeterioration and how it influences roughness progression will also be conducted.

Language

  • English

Project

  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $143419.00
  • Contract Numbers:

    DTRT12-G-UTC16

    CAIT-UTC-032

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Research and Innovative Technology Administration

    University Transportation Centers Program
    1200 New Jersey Avenue
    Washington, DC  United States  20590

    Center for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation

    Rutgers University
    100 Brett Rd
    Piscataway, NJ  United States  08854-8058

    New Jersey Department of Transportation

    1035 Parkway Avenue
    Trenton, NJ  United States  08625
  • Project Managers:

    Szary, Pat

    Sheehy, Eileen

  • Performing Organizations:

    Center for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation

    Rutgers University
    100 Brett Rd
    Piscataway, NJ  United States  08854-8058
  • Principal Investigators:

    Bennert, Thomas

  • Start Date: 20130601
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20140531
  • Source Data: RiP Project 34928

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01489308
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Center for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation
  • Contract Numbers: DTRT12-G-UTC16, CAIT-UTC-032
  • Files: UTC, RiP
  • Created Date: Aug 7 2013 1:00AM