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Induction-heatable asphalt pellets as a new material in road maintenance

Obaidi, Hadel; Gomez-Meijide, Breixo; Garcia, Alvaro


Hadel Obaidi

Breixo Gomez-Meijide

Alvaro Garcia


In the present investigation, asphalt pellets containing steel grit have been prepared and tested as an energy-efficient and durable alternative to conventional road construction materials, such as hot- and cold-asphalt mixtures. Among other advantages, this technology is highly energy-efficient and could reduce traffic disruption and improve health and safety conditions for operators. Pellets are simply used in the road by laying, induction-heating, and compacting them. In the paper, their heating potential under the action of electromagnetic induction, and volumetric and mechanical properties of the material resulting after compaction, such as tensile strength, shear strength, and resistance to permanent deformation, were obtained to assess the proposed technology and compare it with hot- and cold-mix asphalt. The results have shown that the technology can be a strong competitor among current repairing materials for isolated and punctual potholes but still cannot be offered as a substitute for major maintenance operations, such as road milling and repaving.


Obaidi, H., Gomez-Meijide, B., & Garcia, A. (2018). Induction-heatable asphalt pellets as a new material in road maintenance. Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering, 30(11), doi:10.1061/(ASCE) MT.1943-5533.0002485

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Apr 27, 2018
Online Publication Date Aug 30, 2018
Publication Date Nov 30, 2018
Deposit Date Jan 9, 2019
Print ISSN 0899-1561
Publisher American Society of Civil Engineers
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 30
Issue 11
Article Number 04018300
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