Researchers from Nottingham Trent University and the University of Nottingham have been awarded initial funding from the ICE Research and Development Enabling Fund for a six month research project into the performance of repair work on potholes.
The research will evaluate the current approaches and design guidance for repairs, investigate the suitability of easily deployable non-destructive testing devices to examine patch performance, and improve existing design guidance. This will, in turn, enable a performance-based approach to repair specification, which will make them more reliable.
As part of the study, a pavement section will be constructed and pothole repairs tested under different loading and environmental conditioning regimes. This will then be related to actual road potholes, in order to gain greater understanding of the factors influencing the performance of pothole repairs.
The industrial partners in the research project are Cooper Research Technology, Aggregate Industries, Halcrow and Epicuro.