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Advances in Materials Science and Engineering
Volume 2018, Article ID 9760464, 19 pages
Review Article

The State of the Art: Application of Green Technology in Sustainable Pavement

1Joint USTB-Virginia Tech Laboratory on Multifunctional Materials, National Center for Materials Service Safety, University of Science and Technology Beijing, Beijing 100083, China
2Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA 18015, USA
3Institute of Highway Engineering, RWTH Aachen University, D52074 Aachen, Germany
4University of Science and Technology Beijing, Beijing 100083, China
5National Center for Materials Service Safety, University of Science and Technology Beijing, Beijing 100083, China
6School of Transportation Science & Engineering, Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin 150090, China
7Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA 24061, USA

Correspondence should be addressed to Dawei Wang; ed.nehcaa-htwr.casi@gnaw and Linbing Wang;

Received 7 January 2018; Revised 29 March 2018; Accepted 11 April 2018; Published 3 June 2018

Academic Editor: Enzo Martinelli

Copyright © 2018 Wenjuan Sun et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


A wide range of literature on predominant green technologies for sustainable pavements is summarized in this paper. It covers two major aspects: energy harvesting technologies and permeable pavement systems. Fundamental mechanics of energy harvesting techniques and possible designs of energy harvesters are described, with the evaluation of energy conversion efficiency, and advantages and disadvantages. In addition, the designs of permeable pavement systems are discussed, along with their advantages and disadvantages. The latest technical innovations are highlighted. It is found that green technologies are promising for developing more sustainable pavements. Application issues are also pointed out, including construction challenges, durability, and life-cycle cost-benefit assessment. Future research directions are suggested to address practical challenges, such as efficient design, construction challenge, timely maintenance, and life-cycle performance assessment.