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Techniques for reduced-temperature asphalt production and their impact on asphalt performance

A highy topical subject in the contribution of road construction to sustainable development is the production of asphalt mixtures at lower temperatures (reduced-temperature asphalt, RTA), because of the advantages from the energy, environmental and engineering points of view. Within a project on European test methods for bituminous mixtures and binders that was initiated by the Belgian Bureau for Standardization (NBN) and aims among other things at improvements with a view to sustainable development, BRRC has undertaken to closely monitor the recent developments and achievements in the field of RTA, both in Belgium and abroad. This includes the following aspects:

About "Environmental issues"

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Environmental issues is an Area of Expertise of the Belgian Road Research Centre (BRRC). In this section the following (sub)themes are dealt with:

Reuse of Recycled and Secondary Materials

Noise Emissions

Weed Management and Control

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Fast and sensitive method to detect tar in reclaimed asphalt

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This research project subsidized by the FPS Economy, SMEs, Self-Employed and Energy was completed in two periods of two years.

INQUEST (2007-2008)

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This was also a small sequel project to SILVIA, which was funded under the 6th EU Framework Programme. It was carried out by a consortium of BRRC, DRI and FEHRL. The object was to disseminate the knowledge on low-noise pavements gained in the SILVIA project to countries which had not participated in SILVIA. A number of one-day workshops were held in six countries (Slovenia, Romania, Switzerland, Ireland, Portugal, and Greece). In addition, a European working group on the Acoustic classification of road surfaces was formed, which held its first meeting in Ljubljana in April 2008 and its second in Copenhagen in September 2008.

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Recycling and valorization of stainless steel slag (CRAFT)

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In the years 1999-2001, BRRC actively participated in the research project Recycling and Valorisation of Stainless Steel Slags funded by the European Union under the 4th Framework Programme for SME’s (CRAFT programme).

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