When cracks appear in any hard structure such as a road, it's often energy-intensive to fill them up again. In fact, sometimes these materials are so badly cracked that they need to be completely torn up and repaved, which is both expensive to do, and bad for the environment. However, there are technologies out there that allow you to fill cracks in an eco-friendly and cost-effective way.
One new approach researchers are working on is a self-healing system for hard surfaces. The way this system works is that the structure is first coated with polymer microcapsules. Then, when a crack appears in the structure, sunlight causes the capsules to break open which then release a solution inside.
The solution then splashes into the crack and then the sunlight causes it to solidify, filling the crack automatically without the need for a lot of heavy maintenance and wasteful repaving exercises. This would reduce how much toxic material is needed to pave over the area.
This experimental substance was created in South Korea, and it has the advantage of not freezing even when temperatures become very cold. The agent itself is friendly to the environment, and it can stay stable for at least a year even the way it is now. The research team hopes to improve upon this in time.
One problem with asphalt is that the traditional way of repairing it often takes some time to accomplish, which can be both wasteful and bad for the environment. Infrared systems take advantage of the fact that asphalt becomes moldable when it gets hot.
But instead of heating up the asphalt in the traditional way, infrared systems heat the material internally. This approach gives a more even heat than what happens when you heat the material from the outside.
This means that this system fills cracks by making the asphalt moldable and then bonding the two sides together again. This is effective since it's similar to how the asphalt was created in the first place. In many cases, the asphalt can be heated in under 7 minutes.
This speedy process reduces the amount of time and energy that needs to be used for repairs, which makes it better for the environment. Many infrared repair companies also use this technology to heat old pavement to use as a filling to fuse with the new pavement.
This recycling of materials is another reason why the process is more eco-friendly. Talk to experts like Central Paving & Sealcoating Inc for more information.Share
26 February 2015
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