The Nottingham Transportation Engineering Centre (NTEC) at the University of Nottingham oversees the Sustainable Pavement and Railways Initial Training Network (SUP&R ITN).
The initiative is funded by the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Fellowship Programme and comprises an international consortium tasked with creating a new generation of engineers who will address a host of civil engineering issues.
To date, 15 researchers in three Work Packages, have tackled a range of problems which affect the modern transport industry. These include defining a design procedure for airport pavements, developing an environmentally friendly bitumen emulsion and testing it to see if recycling would affect its durability. Two other studies successfully used End-Of-Life tyres and biomass materials to construct pavements. For railway infrastructures, the team combined low temperature asphalt with recycled materials to create sustainable trackbed sub-layers. They also reduced the need for maintenance by stabilising the ballast with bitumen and improved monitoring of the tracks by using vehicle responses to detect any damage.
The teams also investigated the definition of sustainability which involved engaging the whole consortium to create a freely available tool which can be used for sustainability assessments of any system.
This enabled the researchers to build their technical expertise and develop their talent which will stand them in good stead in their careers.
SUP&R ITN has released a new video which summarises the training-through-research programme and provides an overview of the researchers’ achievements. The Network also refreshed its website, which provides easier access to project outcomes and offers better insights into the work that the fellows carried over the course of their studies.
The fellows who were drawn from various European universities, have now brought their research to an end and are ready for new challenges. We wish them all the very best in their endeavours.
To learn more about the project, the fellows and the project outcomes, visit: www.superitn.eu
Summer School 2016, Huelva and Madrid:
Winter School 2016, Granada:
Mayfest, University of Nottingham
Posted on Thursday 15th June 2017