Superhydrophobic Asphalt Pavements: Surface Improvement
1 Civil Engineering Department, University of Minho, Azurém Campus, Guimarães, Portugal
2 Physics Department, University of Minho, Braga & Guimarães, Portugal
3 Federal Institute Goiano, Rio Verde – GO, Brazil
4 Transportation Engineering Department, Federal University of Ceará, Fortaleza, Brazil
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Published online: 20 August 2020
The most adverse weather condition for road safety happens when there is water, snow, or ice on the road surface because their presence highly decreases friction. Therefore, it is essential to drain or repel them quickly. If the water drops are repelled from the surface or the ice/snow formation is avoided with the application of superhydrophobic coatings, roads become safer. In order to functionalize the asphalt mixtures used in road pavements, nano/micromaterials, such as Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE), TiO2, and SiO2, among others have been applied by spraying coating. The mixes are usually characterized by the water contact angle, and the surface roughness is typically assessed by optical and electron analysis. This research work aims to present a brief overview of superhydrophobic asphalt mixtures.
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