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Cost-effective DURABle ROADS by green optimized construction and maintenance

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.
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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)

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ACCIONA CONSTRUCCION SA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 419 468,70

FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 287 271

KTI KOZLEKEDESTUDOMANYI INTEZET NONPROFIT KFT

Hungary

EU Contribution

€ 229 600

EUROPEAN UNION ROAD FEDERATION

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 184 500

FUNDACION TECNALIA RESEARCH & INNOVATION

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 230 192,50

NORWEGIAN GRAPHITE AS

Norway

EU Contribution

€ 343 088,80

BSRIA LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 234 700

INZENIERBUVE SIA

Latvia

EU Contribution

€ 68 800

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 605404

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 October 2013

  • End date

    30 September 2017

Funded under:

FP7-TRANSPORT

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 449 185

  • EU contribution

    € 2 511 141

Coordinated by:

UNIVERSIDAD DE CANTABRIA

Spain