The first road in the world with the addition of graphene for fewer potholes in August

By adding a material that has 10 times higher compressive strength than steel, asphalt is expected to last much longer.

The application of one of the strongest materials in the world, which is called “miraculous” due to its characteristics, is mainly aimed at building construction because the addition of graphene to concrete has been found to reduce cracks. However, now the miraculous properties of graphene will be tested for the first time in civil engineering.

Namely, on A1 motorway, one of the main roads in the UK, the road will be rebuilt with the addition of graphene. Experts hope that by installing this material in the asphalt, they will get a road that lasts much longer, so the maintenance of the road would cost much less.

Graphene has a wide range of applications

By adding a material that has 10 times higher compressive strength than steel, asphalt is expected to last much longer.

As he reports BBC, on the section of road A1 in Great Britain in the length of 4.8 kilometers the asphalt will be removed, graphene will be added to that mixture and then the newly obtained asphalt mixture will be used to make a new road, the first of its kind in the world.

Products like GiPave, pellets made of graphene and plastic that are added to asphalt, have already been tested in the UK. However, this is a completely different process, and expectations are high.

First time in practice

“Laboratory tests are successful, and now the technology of using graphene in road construction will be tested for the first time in practice. This confirms our commitment to innovation and helps push the industry towards more sustainable solutions which reduce carbon emissions into the atmosphere, ”says Graeme Watt, a manager at National Highways.

Tests of this material are ongoing since 2004 when graphene was first extracted from a piece of graphite. So far, we have had a number of interesting applications, and recently the first concrete slab with the addition of graphene was poured.

The first graphene road will be completed November 3 followed by road monitoring. Expectations are high, and experts hope that such roads will last much longer.

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