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Fibre reinforced asphalt pavement

A new technology to economically improve asphalt pavements

February 8, 2019  By  Andrew Snook

Photo: Nilex

Synthetic fibres have been used to improve the performance of asphalt concrete pavements for many years. Different types of fibres have been used to enhance asphalt mixture properties and to improve the long-term performance of asphalt concrete pavements. One of the more recent materials to be used for this purpose has been aramid fibres.

Aramid has become widely used in many applications for its high tensile, high modulus and temperature resistance properties. It has been recently recognized that these physical properties also make aramid fibre well suited for improving the performance of asphalt concrete for cracking and rutting resistance.

The use of Fibre Reinforced Asphalt Concrete Pavements (FRAP or FRAC) is starting to gain momentum within British Columbia and in other parts of Canada. This technology has been used in municipal and provincial roadway projects, as well as airports and heavy commercial applications.

At Rock to Road‘s upcoming PaveTech: A Smart Roads Conference, this presentation will discuss the usage of aramid fibre as it has been applied to fibre reinforced asphalt pavements within British Columbia.


Presenter bio:
Michael Simons, P.Eng.
Product Manager, Roadway Systems, Nilex Inc.
Michael graduated from the University of Western Ontario in 1992 with a B.E.Sc. in civil engineering. He is a licensed professional engineer in the Province of Ontario with over 25 years of experience in the commercial aspects, design and construction of geosynthetics in civil and geotechnical engineering.

Michael has been with Nilex since 2013, first as the general regional manager for Ontario, then as the corporate product manager for roadway systems. He is currently responsible for driving the strategies and actions that result in the adoption of Nilex Roadway Systems. He has been involved with design and construction of fibre reinforced asphalt pavements across Canada. He has lectured at various colleges and universities across Canada and has written and presented papers on geosynthetic systems at conferences in Canada and the United States.

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