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Advanced High-Performance Materials for Highway Applications: A Report on the State of Technology

September 2010

Table of Contents

  1. Chapter 1 - Introduction
    • Introduction
    • Sustainability and Availability of Sound Materials - A National Concern
    • Benefits of Precast Prestressed Concrete Pavement
    • Need for Advanced High Performance Materials
    • Historical Evolution of Highway Construction Materials
    • Summary
  2. Chapter 2 - Candidate Cementitious Materials
    • Performance-Specified Cements
    • Next-Generation Sustainable Cements
    • Eco-Friendly Cements for Concrete Mixtures
    • Energetically Modified Cement
  3. Chapter 3 - Candidate Concrete Materials
    • Engineered Cement Composites
    • Titanium Dioxide - Modified Concrete
    • Pervious Concrete
    • Self-Consolidating Concrete
    • Sulfur Concrete
    • Autoclaved Aerated Concrete
    • Geopolymer Concrete
    • Hydrophobic Concrete
    • Ductile Concrete
  4. Chapter 4 - Candidate Asphalt Binder Materials
    • Sulfur-Extended Asphalt
    • Bio-Derived Asphalt Binders
    • High Modified Asphalt Binders
  5. Chapter 5 - Candidate Asphalt Concrete Materials
    • Warm-Mix Asphalt Concrete
    • Perpetual Asphalt Pavement Systems
    • Porous Asphalt Pavement
    • Recycled Asphalt Shingles
  6. Chapter 6 - Candidate Metallic and Polymer Materials
    • Vitreous Ceramic Coatings for Reinforcing Steel
    • Fiber-Reinforced Polymer Bars for Continuously Reinforced Concrete Pavements
    • Fiber-Reinforced Polymer Dowel Bars
    • Zinc-Clad Dowel Bars
    • Microcomposite Steel for Dowels and Tie Bars
  7. Chapter 7 - Aggregate Materials
    • Synthetic Aggregates
    • Manufactured Aggregate Using Captured CO2
    • Materials That Allow Internal Concrete Curing
  8. Chapter 8 - Other Materials
    • Ultra-Thin Bonded Wearing Course
    • Advanced Curing Material
    • Workability-Retaining Admixture
    • Concrete Surface Sealers
  9. Chapter 9 - Summary
List of Tables

Technical Report Documentation Page

1. Report No.


2. Government Accession No.

3. Recipient's Catalog No.

4. Title and Subtitle

Advanced High-Performance Materials for Highway Applications: A Report on the State of Technology

5. Report Date

September 2010

6. Performing Organization Code

7. Author(s)

Shiraz Tayabji, Ph.D., P.E., Kurt D. Smith, P.E., and Thomas Van Dam, Ph.D., P.E.

8. Performing Organization Report No.

9. Performing Organization Name and Address

Fugro Consultants, Inc., 10025 Governor Warfield Parkway, Suite 212, Columbia, MD 21044

10. Work Unit No. (TRAIS)

11. Contract or Grant No.


12. Sponsoring Agency's Name and Address

Samuel S. Tyson, P.E.
Office of Pavement Technology
Federal Highway Administration
1200 New Jersey Avenue, S.E.
Washington, DC 20590

13. Type of Report and Period Covered

Technical Report

14. Sponsoring Agency Code


15. Supplementary Notes

Project performed within the scope of FHWA project DTFH61-08-D-00016, Deployment, Delivery, and Implementation of Advanced Concrete Pavement Technology (ACPT) Products.

16. Abstract

This report reviews new and improved highway construction materials and technologies, identifying materials that can improve highway performance, replace scarce or unavailable natural materials, and contribute to more sustainable highways. The materials and processes identified have all either been introduced within the past 5 years and are not yet widely used or are still in development. They included advances in cements, concretes, asphalt binders, asphalts, metallics and polymers, aggregates, and other materials. Also included are materials that reduce noise, improve smoothness, allow for faster placement and shorter construction times, reduce energy consumption, capture CO2, and lower costs. For each material, the report provides a description, applications, benefits, costs, current status, and sources of additional information.

17. Key Words

advanced pavement construction materials, eco-friendly materials, recycled asphalts, modified cements, modified asphalts, metallic and polymer materials, synthetic aggregates, CO2 capture, lithium cure, geopolymers, hydrophobic concrete, pervious concrete, porous asphalt

18. Distribution Statement

No restrictions. This document is available to the public through the National Technical Information Service, Springfield, Virginia, 22161,

19. Security Classif. (of this report)


20. Security Classif. (of this page)


21. No. of Pages


22. Price

Form DOT F 1700.7 (8-72) Reproduction of completed page authorized

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This document is disseminated under the sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Transportation in the interest of information exchange. The U.S. Government assumes no liability for the use of the information contained in this document. This report does not constitute a standard, specification, or regulation.

The U.S. Government does not endorse products or manufacturers. Trademarks or manufacturers' names appear in this report only because they are considered essential to the objective of the document.

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