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be-READY – Resilient road pavements for sustainability

  • Promoter Entity COFAC – Lusófona University
  • Coordinator Vítor Antunes
  • Funding Institution EEA Grants
  • Partners Laboratório Nacional de Engenharia Civil (LNEC), Instituto Superior Técnico (IST), Infraestruturas de Portugal (IP), Construções JJR & Filhos (JJR), Oslo Metropolitan University (OsloMet) and Viken County
  • Period of funding 2022-2023
  • Website no information

The Project “be-READY – REsilient roAD pavements for sustainabilitY” of Professor Vítor Antunes from the Civil Engineering Department of Lusófona University was approved.
Aligned to the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations and in the context of the European Green Deal, transportation infrastructures are fundamental for global development, promoting socio-economic opportunities and enabling economies to operate more competitively and with more resilience against adverse conditions. The transportation infrastructure sector, particularly in its road construction and maintenance activities, has contributed significantly to the 34% of construction and demolition waste produced, considering the total waste generated worldwide. Bituminous roads represent more than 80% of the European road network, which presently integrates around 950 billion tonnes of bituminous materials, being this a 100% recyclable material.

Pavement asset management actors have been pursuing further sustainable solutions and practices to adopt in their construction and maintenance actions. The general approach for improving sustainability consists of reducing energy consumed, emissions generated, and the amounts of virgin material used. It means implementing preventive maintenance, lowering the bituminous mixture heat and adopting other eco-friendly pavement technologies.
The research group at ULHT has been involved in pavement research for the last nine years. On the other hand, the research group at OsloMet is preparing a master course on sustainable pavement and has been pursuing an active role in supporting the Viken County in a project to build a near to zero-emission road section and green public procurement.
Therefore, in collaboration with IST, LNEC, IP and JJR, the objectives of the proposal are: (i) update the existent specifications for the use of construction and demolition waste in road construction and maintenance; (ii) prepare a course on sustainable road design and construction, taking into consideration different climatic conditions and the extreme events (climate change and high loads); (iii) evaluate the performance of recycled pavements during the life-cycle by monitoring real road sections; (iv) calibrate models by performing Life Cycle Cost Analysis (LCCA) of sustainable and resilient pavement solutions considering the long-term performance of pavements and costs related to energy needs and greenhouse gas emissions.

App4SHM – Smartphone application for structural health monitoring

  • Period of funding 2021

Development of a smartphone application to monitor the structural health of buildings and special structures (like bridges) after catastrophic events.

This application will be able to interrogate the phone’s internal sensors, or other paired devices via Bluetooth or USB, and to analyze and compare the data collected through intelligent algorithms properly trained in order to detect damage and quantify the structural risk in real time. As it is a mobile application with access to a server, it is possible to create a networked system of several nodes through the simultaneous use of several smartphones.

This is a R&D project funded by COFAC and involving students and professors from ULHT’s civil engineering and computer science courses: Eloi Figueiredo, Hugo Rebelo, Ionut Moldovan, Luís Silva, Nuno Penim, Paulo Oliveira, Pedro Alves.

BuildingAdapt – Pioneer study to analyze the resilience of university buildings to climate change: ULHT campus

  • Funding Institution COFAC
  • Coordinator Eloi Figueiredo (ULHT)
  • Period of funding March 2021 to March 2023

Human beings spend more than 90% of their time inside buildings. Therefore, the characteristics of the indoor climate of these spaces have a substantial influence on the health and comfort of its occupants. Taking into account the expected changes in the outdoor climate in the near future, which invariably will affect the quality of the indoor climate, timely and considerate preparation of our buildings is necessary to minimize the consequences of climate change to our everyday life.

In order to anticipate the problems arising from this situation and since these changes can jeopardize the health and comfort of the occupants of the buildings, this project aims to study a set of measures that can be adapted by the ULHT buildings in order to be more resilient to climate change and, therefore, ensure an adequate indoor climate.

To this end, a non-destructive methodology will be used based on a two phased approach:

  • Monitoring campaigns to determine the indoor temperature and relative humidity of the case studies, which will feed phase 2 with real-life measurements;
  • Computational modelling of the case-studies and development of hygrothermal analyses, which take into account measurements from phase 1 and that will allow to thoroughly analyse the proposed measures, thus choosing the most appropriate ones to minimize the effects of climate change in the indoor climate of the case studies.”
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