A novel graphene-based geotextile for use in smart pavements

Harini Senadheera, Abdelmalek Bouazza, Jayantha Kodikara, Daniel Gibbs

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Monitoring pavement mechanical, hydro and thermal loading is crucial in pavement reliability modelling and maintenance operations. Monitoring mechanical loading is especially important for effective traffic management and to prevent fatigue damage by controlling increased distress caused by vehicle overloading. Nevertheless, most of the existing techniques have several limitations, in terms of providing only discrete partial information, being destructive to the pavement being monitored and incurring high installation and maintenance costs. Therefore, there is still a deficiency in a monitoring method that enable spatially continuous and complete information capabilities. In the current project, a novel graphene-coated conductive geotextile, with sensing capability, is evaluated for use in road infrastructure. Being used for leak detection in waste, containment and landfill applications, the current project will extend its use to applications involving mechanical, hydro and thermal loading with special focus on its potential as a spatially continuous sensor to detect response and damage in pavement layers. In this study, various tests were carried out to characterize the electrical response of the material in terms of mechanical loading. The results showed a notable electro-mechanical behavior in the geotextile and proved the versatility of the material for use in a vast range of pavement applications.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTrends on Construction in the Digital Era - Proceedings of ISIC 2022
EditorsAntónio Gomes Correia, Miguel Azenha, Paulo J.S. Cruz, Paulo Novais, Paulo Pereira
Number of pages11
ISBN (Print)9783031202407
Publication statusPublished - 2023
EventInternational Conference of International Society for Intelligent Construction 2022 - Guimarães, Portugal
Duration: 6 Sept 20229 Sept 2022
Conference number: 3rd
https://link.springer.com/book/10.1007/978-3-031-20241-4 (Proceedings)

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Civil Engineering
Volume306 LNCE
ISSN (Print)2366-2557
ISSN (Electronic)2366-2565


ConferenceInternational Conference of International Society for Intelligent Construction 2022
Abbreviated titleISIC 2022
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  • Electro-mechanical behavior
  • Graphene-based geotextile
  • Smart roads

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