Enhancing the Durability and the Service Life of Asphalt Pavements through Innovative Light-Induced Self-Healing Materials

The objective of this study is to evaluate the efficiency of a new generation of light-induced polymers in enhancing elasticity and improving the self-healing properties of the asphalt mixture. Light-induced self-healing polymer is an evolving technology that would delay crack propagation in the early stages of crack appearance, resist cracking damage, and therefore, extend the service life of a pavement. A network of self-healing agents will be synthesized through a photocatalytic based chemical method. An optimization procedure will be conducted by varying parameters such as intensity and duration of ultraviolet (UV) exposure, the intensity of sonication, and oxetane-chitosan (OXECHI) ratio. Developed self-healing polymers will be characterized using Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR) and Thermogravimetric Analysis (TGA). The thermal stability of the prepared polymers will be tested in a controlled laboratory environment to determine their resistance to asphalt production processes. The optimum percentage of self-healing polymers will be evaluated based on the performance of asphalt blends with different percentages of self-healing polymers by weight of binder, using asphalt binder rheological tests and asphalt mixture tests. Detailed steps on how to produce and utilize the proposed technology will be provided to the state agencies to enhance implementation.

    Language

    • English

    Project

    • Status: Active
    • Funding: $91710
    • Contract Numbers:

      17BLSU02

    • Sponsor Organizations:

      Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

      University Transportation Centers Program
      Department of Transportation
      Washington, DC  United States  20590
    • Managing Organizations:

      Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

      University Transportation Centers Program
      Department of Transportation
      Washington, DC  United States  20590

      Transportation Consortium of South-Central States

      Louisiana State University
      Baton Rouge, LA  United States  70803
    • Project Managers:

      Hassan, Marwa

    • Performing Organizations:

      Louisiana State University and A&M College

      202 Himes Hall
      Baton Rouge, LA  United States  70803
    • Principal Investigators:

      Hassan, Marwa

    • Start Date: 20170508
    • Expected Completion Date: 20181108
    • Actual Completion Date: 0
    • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers Program

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01635013
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: Transportation Consortium of South-Central States
    • Contract Numbers: 17BLSU02
    • Files: UTC, RiP
    • Created Date: May 13 2017 2:50PM