The MIT Concrete Sustainability Hub explores innovative solutions for concrete engineering applications. For pavements, our research focuses on improving structure and design that can result in increased fuel efficiency, lower maintenance costs and better life cycle planning.

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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...

LCA Research Brief: Adopting a Life-Cycle Perspective
April 1, 2011

The economic and environmental impacts of infrastructure should be evaluated using a life-cycle perspective. The coupling of two methodologies — lifecycle assessment (LCA) for environmental impact...

LCA Research Brief: Designing for Sustainable Pavements
March 1, 2011

The use of optimized design thicknesses helps reduce costs and CO2 emissions by minimizing the materials needed to construct a pavement. The economic and environmental benefits are significant and...


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