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Cost-effective DURABle ROADS by green optimized construction and maintenance

Objective

The objective of the DURABROADS project is the design, development and demonstration of cost-effective, eco-friendly and optimized long-life roads, more adapted to freight corridors and climate change by means of innovative designs and the use of greener materials improved by nanotechnology. The optimization of current construction, maintenance and rehabilitation procedures is also aimed in this project.
Thus, existing constraints concerning these procedures and techniques to withstand challenges as the climate change impact and the high vehicle traffic loads of freight corridors will be identified and evaluated in order to provide to highway managers with more affordable, safer and environment-friendly practices to manage the road asset.
Concerning the innovative road designs, an analysis, characterization and selection of the most suitable carbon nanomaterials will be carried out in this project to perform different polymer-modified and nanocarbon-modified binders. Following, several warm mix asphalts (WMA) incorporating these binders will be designed and characterized. Furthermore, the maximum use of reclaimed asphalt pavement (RAP) and by-products in substitution of natural resources will be incorporated to these mixtures taking advantage of the expected improved properties of the new DURABROADS-modified bitumens.
Subsequently, long-life pavement sections for different climate conditions and traffic loads including DURABROADS advanced WMA will be dimensioned using the finite element method (MEF).
Regarding the demonstration, two DURABROADS pavement sections will be implemented in a real case scenario. Furthermore, LCA and LCC studies will be performed for the new asphalt materials developed, and results will be compared with conventional ones.
Finally, the criteria to include the DURABROADS solutions into Green Public Procurement procedures and the recommendation about the next steps for their future standardization will be defined.

Call for proposal

FP7-SST-2013-RTD-1
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Funding Scheme

CP-FP - Small or medium-scale focused research project

Coordinator

UNIVERSIDAD DE CANTABRIA
Address
Avenida De Los Castros S/n
39005 Santander
Spain
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 513 520
Administrative Contact
Catalin Ionut Tirnauca (Dr.)

Participants (8)

ACCIONA CONSTRUCCION SA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 419 468,70
Address
Avenida De Europa 18 Parque Empresarial
28108 Alcobendas
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Miguel Angel Paris Torres (Mr.)
FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.
Germany
EU contribution
€ 287 271
Address
Hansastrasse 27C
80686 Munchen
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Walter Krause (Mr.)
KTI KOZLEKEDESTUDOMANYI INTEZET NONPROFIT KFT
Hungary
EU contribution
€ 229 600
Address
Than Karoly U 3/5
1119 Budapest
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
László Gáspár (Mr.)
EUROPEAN UNION ROAD FEDERATION
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 184 500
Address
Place Stephanie 6B
1050 Bruxelles
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Konstandinos Diamandouros (Mr.)
FUNDACION TECNALIA RESEARCH & INNOVATION
Spain
EU contribution
€ 230 192,50
Address
Parque Cientifico Y Tecnologico De Gipuzkoa Paseo Mikeletegi 2
20009 Donostia/san Sebastian (Gipuzkoa)
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
María Moragues (Dr.)
NORWEGIAN GRAPHITE AS
Norway
EU contribution
€ 343 088,80
Address
Kjopmannsgata 8
8400 Sortland
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Jan Erik Hanssen (Dr.)
BSRIA LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 234 700
Address
Old Bracknell Lane West
RG12 7AH Bracknell
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Ian Wallis (Mr.)
INZENIERBUVE SIA
Latvia
EU contribution
€ 68 800
Address
Azenes Iela 20
1048 Riga
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Ilze Paeglite (Ms.)