Self-Healing Technology for Asphalt Pavements

  • Amir TabakovićEmail author
  • Erik Schlangen
Part of the Advances in Polymer Science book series (POLYMER, volume 273)


Self-healing technology is a new field within material technology. It represents a revolution in materials engineering and is changing the way that materials behave. Incorporating self-healing technology into the road design process has the potential to transform road construction and maintenance processes by increasing the lifespan of roads and eliminating the need for road maintenance. By decreasing the unnecessary premature ageing of asphalt pavements, self-healing asphalt can reduce the amount of natural resources used to maintain road networks, decrease the traffic disruption caused by road maintenance processes, decrease CO2 emissions during the road maintenance process and increase road safety. In addition to environmental savings, self-healing materials have the potential to deliver significant cost savings for road network maintenance across the EU. There are three main self-healing technologies available for asphalt pavement design: nanoparticles, induction heating and rejuvenation. This chapter reviews all three options and outlines the future development of self-healing asphalt technology.


Asphalt pavements Induction heating Microcapsule Nanoparticles Rejuvenation Self-healing 



This research has been conducted under the Marie Curie IEF research funding, research project Self-Healing Asphalt for Road Pavements (SHARP), project number 622863.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Materials and Environment, Faculty of Civil Engineering and GeosciencesDelft University of TechnologyDelftThe Netherlands

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