Pavement Engineering

The education and the research program of the Pavement Engineering section concentrate on the characterization of pavement materials at various scales, using both experiments and numerical models, and the design and maintenance of various types of pavements. PhD-research is mainly oriented towards the aging and the healing response of asphalt mixtures, their rejuvenation and recycling. Also, research is performed on soil stabilization via various techniques and on the design, analysis and construction of concrete pavements. MSc students are welcomed to participate in these research projects for their theses. MSc students are also quite often involved in smaller research projects which are initiated by industry and are tuned in such a way that they fit within the time available for a thesis. The section is equipped with the state-of-the-art experimental and parallel computing facilities. The experimental facilities cover the full scale range, from chemical and nano scale techniques, e.g. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), atomic force microscopy (AFM), and nano CT scans, to full scale accelerated pavement tests in the LINTRACK. The powerful parallel computing facilities enable us to develop and apply advanced numerical models for research at all these levels.

Chair: The Pavement Engineering section is chaired by Sandra Erkens.