Pavement Engineering

The education and research programmes of the Pavement Engineering section cover the characterization of pavement materials and the design, construction, and maintenance of different types of pavements. All these topics are addressed at various (material) scales, using a combination of experimental and numerical techniques. Current research is focused on sustainability related topics, such as alternative materials, ageing and healing response of traditional and innovative binders and asphalt mixtures, rejuvenation and recycling techniques of asphalt mixtures and tire-pavement interaction. 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 with the time available for a thesis. The section is equipped with the state-of-the-art experimental and computational facilities. The experimental facilities cover various scales, from chemical (FTIR, DVS, DSC) tests to functional properties tests (four-point bending, ITT). The powerful computational facilities enable us to develop advanced numerical models for research at all these scales.

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