LCA Research Brief: When the Rubber Hits the Road

June 1, 2011

This research suggests that a mechanistic approach can close the uncertainty gap of Pavement Vehicle Interaction (PVI) in LCA of pavements. Implemented in an LCA environment, the derived functional relations between fuel consumption, structural and material pavement design parameters, provide pavement engineers and decision makers with a design tool to optimize our Nation’s pavement inventory for high performance fuel and GHG efficiency. MORE