A literature review: Asphalt pavement repair technologies and materials

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Department of Civil, Environmental, and Geospatial Engineering


Asphalt pavement is the most widely used type of pavement in the world and is mainly utilized in the construction of infrastructures such as highways, urban roads, parking lots, and airstrips. The pavement maintenance technology and materials are gradually developing towards systematization and diversification with the extensive use of asphalt pavement. Choosing more economical technologies, and fast and sustainable materials is the future of asphalt pavement maintenance work. This paper provides an overview of asphalt pavement repair technology and asphalt pavement repair materials. We categorize and summarize the pavement repair technologies, which include cost-effective technologies such as crack sealing, overlay, seal coat, and hot-in-place recycling. Further, we summarized the repair materials applied in the repair technologies and compared the performance, cost-effectiveness, and sustainability of each type of material. The study shows that asphalt and cement are the most commonly used repair materials. The more potential, economical, and sustainable materials for asphalt pavement repair include epoxy resin, polyurethane, and hydrogel. The future of asphalt pavement repair requires advancing towards rapid, sustainable, environmentally friendly, and economical. The survey indicates that in addition to improving the performance of existing repair materials (e.g., modified asphalt, binder processes, material composition or ratios), attention can be given to new materials such as polyurethanes and hydrogels that have the potential for rapid repair and at low cost. More research can be done to perfect the application of new materials in road engineering.

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Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers: Engineering Sustainability