Heading for Madrid

On 12-14 May, the paving industry will be gathering in Madrid for the 7th Eurasphalt & Eurobitume Congress (E&E 2020).

The focus during the meeting will be on our changed transport patterns, under the main heading of Asphalt 4.0 for Future Mobility, and the demands this places on the roads of the future. Participants can access both the exhibition and the conference section, which also includes a poster presentation.

Nynas’ researchers have contributed to 11 of the manuscripts submitted to the conference, just over half of them as main authors. These include, for example, “A systematic study of bituminous binders extended with renewable material” (X Lu), “Durability parameters evaluated on binders recovered from various field sites in Europe” (H Soenen) and “Laboratory and site validation of a regenerating oil for recycled asphalt mixtures” (M Lancaster).

An article – “Air particle measurements during paving of low-temperature asphalt” – by Anna Steneholm has also been accepted, as has Ian Lancaster’s “The effect of sample preparation on the morphology of polymer-modified bitumen by fluorescence and optical microscopy and its relation to storage stability”. Both of these will also be presented by the authors during the congress.

The next issue of Bitumen Matters will feature a more detailed presentation of E&E 2020 and the subjects highlighted during these three intensive industry days in the Spanish capital.

Projects

Gothenburg, Sweden

The Älvsborg Bridge spans the estuary of the Göta Älv river at the entrance to Gothenburg and the biggest port in Scandinavia. The bridge, officially opened in 1966, has a total length of 930 m and a suspended span of 418 m. To guarantee the bridge's functionality and extend its useful life, extensive maintenance work has been under way since 2019, the third and final stage being completed this summer.

Talking point

Road infrastructure in North-Western Europe

Even though many successful road projects have been completed in Western Europe in recent years, the durability and availability of the road infrastructure needs to be improved.

Interview

Paving the way for asphalt 4.0

Digitalisation is making inroads in the asphalt industry. The latest Eurasphalt & Eurobitume (E&E) Congress was held virtually in June. It was a success, but the next E&E event will allow industry stakeholders to meet face-to-face.

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Sustainable Development

The way forward for Wales

Over ten years in the making, the Welsh Government’s new surface course specification centres around stone mastic asphalt (SMA) and hopes to significantly increase the service life of the road surface materials.

Noted

All the key players are working together to achieve the best possible result.

Katri Eskola, Specialist Road Maintenance Finnish Transport Infrastructure Agency

Talking point: The COVID-19 pandemic


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