Smart self-healing roads

Using the latest Smart plastics technology roads and pavements can be protected from damage using a self-healing protective shield, can be protected from damage using impact absorbing spacers and the concrete and asphalt can also be embedded with self-activating bacteria to heal itself.

These innovations are designed to to improve the safety and resilience of our roads and footpaths, ultimately lowering the amount of concrete that ends up as landfill and ultimately reduce on-going consumption of vital carbon resources.

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When cracks appear in the road, bitumen drains into the cracks and fills them. The problem is that the healing of the cracks can take weeks. The cracks may occur at a faster rate than they are filled and impact to roadside items such as signage and traffic light columns causes large cracks that are simply not repairable

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Self-healing roads

Self-healing” asphalt could reduce the necessary frequency of repairs – and although it has the potential to possibly hopefully make potholes a distant memory it takes time and cannot yet heal large cracks.

When cracks appear in the road, bitumen drains into the cracks and fills them. The problem is that bitumen is a very viscous liquid at normal temperatures, and the healing of the cracks can take weeks. With regular traffic the rate of crack growth may occur at a faster rate than they are filled and impact to roadside items such as signage and traffic light columns causes large cracks that are simply not repairable

The technology is able to heal small cracks and the idea is that when roads start to crack, the capsules break open and release the oil within, softening the surrounding asphalt. This helps the asphalt stick back together more swiftly, effectively filling in cracks and preventing small defects from deteriorating. With this idea, we expect to delay the first potholes by at least five years, reducing the need for maintenance

Smart Roads

Apart from self-repairing roads, experts are predicting that roads of the future will be able to receive information according to Delft University’s Erik Schlangen based in the Netherlands. As a result, charging electric cars while driving or when waiting in traffic is theoretically possible. 

The reliance on roads is as rampant and essential today as it was 100 years ago. Since roads keep expanding and vehicles continue to pound them, the relevance of self-healing asphalt roads cannot be over-stressed. They lead to fewer costs, maintenance, roadwork, and no potholes.


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