RWTH Aachen University to host asphalt recycling workshop

The Institute of Highway Engineering (Institut für Straßenwesen – ISAC) at RWTH Aachen University in Germany, one of the world’s top-ranking technical universities, is to hold an international workshop on contemporary asphalt recycling technologies.

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The first International Workshop on Asphalt Recycling Technologies (ART) will take place at the university on the 9 and 10 September, 2024.

ISAC said: “The transformation of long-established standard methods into a sustainable road construction process chain is one of the biggest challenges of our times.

“Innovative recycling technologies are decisive core components of the transformation process that possess enormous potential for all parties involved in road construction processes.

“Even now, a change in thinking in the entire road construction industry can lead to a considerable reduction of CO2 emissions. It is therefore all the more important to set a stronger focus on existing and successfully implemented processes.”

ART 2024 will gather together the “world’s leading experts from the industry, infrastructure operators, road construction companies, public authorities and research universities”, to exchange ideas and gain insight on the status of available technologies.

The institute said: “The workshop will also be presenting methods and technologies that already have a proven track record in practice. The potential applications of these will be discussed on the basis of facts and figures and the latest case studies.”

Discussions at the event will cover the environmentally friendly aspects of cold in-situ recycling, road rehabilitation with in-situ recycled asphalt, cold in-plant recycling, cost/benefit analyses and application technologies.

In the case of hot in-plant recycling, the focus will be on the issues energy-efficiency, the sustainable use of resources and the assurance of quality in asphalt production.

Key speakers lined up for ART 2024 include André Greyling, Director at Loudon International in Cape Town, and Ole Grann Andersson, Senior Specialist at the Danish Technological Institute, Sector for Asphalt & Roads. 

Ole, who will be reporting on his practical experiences of how the cold recycling method can make road rehabilitation faster and more sustainable and simultaneously lead to a significantly reduction of costs, said: “Creating new solutions to build infrastructure is key to meet new challenges due to climate changes, resource scarcity or urbanization.

“Asphalt Recycling is a key technology to reduce CO2 emissions and reuse up to 100% of recycled road pavements.”

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