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TRIMIS

Sustainable and Advanced Materials for Road Infrastructure

SAMARIS

Sustainable and Advanced Materials for Road Infrastructure

Background & policy context: 

The SAMARIS project is the merger of the two originally distinct projects MAP and STRIM. The goal is to deliver results that translate into more value for the money, reduced maintenance, more durable repairs, better protection of the enviroment and safer roads.

Objectives: 

The primary means by which the project will contribute are by encouraging a greater use of recycled components in pavement materials and by the explicit consideration of environmental performance in the design. The second key objective is to prepare for the harmonisation of European approaches of material specification within the next generation of CEN standards. Additionally, the structures part of the project is specifically targeted to support the EU policy to improve the highway structure maintenance with respect to greater efficiency and durability of the applied procedures, resulting in reduced number of necessary road closures. This will lead to considerable reduction of associated costs and increase users' safety.

Methodology: 

SAMARIS is organized as two streams of research work packages on the pavement and structures issues, repectively, sandwiched between management activities and dissemination and exploration activities. A reference group of end users has been formed as a dialogue partner for the project to provide advice on setting of priorities, choice of alternative project themes and dissemination of results.

Institution Type:
Institution Name: 
European Commission, Directorate-General for Energy and Transport (DG TREN)
Type of funding:
Key Results: 

The main findings of project SAMARIS, as documented in 15 main reports in the follwoing areas:
THE PAVEMENT STREAM OF RESEARCH:

  • Methodology for assessing alternative materials for road construction
  • Report on test procedure for reaction to fire of pavement materials
  • Environmental annexes to road product standards
  • Procedures for identifying hazardous components in materials for asphalt
  • Development and validation of a method of prediction of structural rutting on unbound pavement layers
  • Permanent deformation of bituminous bound materials in flexible pavements – evaluation of test methods and prediction models
  • Review of the road and other industry by-product use in road construction and rehabilitation in the Central and East European countries
  • Technical guide for recycling techniques in road construction

THE STRUCTURES STREAM OF RESEARCH:

  • State-of-the-art report on assessment of structures in selected EEA and CE countries
  • Guidance on optimized assessment of highway structures
  • Report on test of effectiveness of corrosion inhibitors in field trials
  • Full scale application of Ultra High Performance Fibre Reinforced Concrete for the rehabilitation of bridges – from the lab to the field
  • Specifications for the use of corrosion inhibitors for the rehabilitation of concrete highway structures
  • Guidelines for the use of UHPFRC for the rehabilitation of concrete highway structures
  • Guidance to selection of innovative techniques for the rehabilitation of concrete highway structures 
Partners: 

Austria:
Technical University Vienna

Belgium:

European Commission - DGTREN E3 Road Safety and Technology Unit

Czeck Republic:
Brno University of Technology

Denmark:

Danish Road Institute; DHI Water and Environment

France:
Laboratoire Central des Ponts et Chaussées; Shell Global Solutions; Eurovia Management; Ecole Nationale des Travaux Publics de l'Etat

Germany:
Ruhr-Universität Bochum

Ireland:

University College Dublin; Trinity College Dublin; SIKA Ireland

Poland:

Instytut Badawczy Dróg i Mostów

Portugal:
Instituto Superior Téchnico

Slovenia:
Zavod za gradbeništvo Slovenije (Slovenian National Building and Civil Engineering Institute), Slovenia

Spain:

CEDEX - Ministerio de Fomento; Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya

Sweden:

Statens väg-och transportforskningsinstitut (VTI)

Switzerland:
Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)

The Netherlands:

Energy research Centre of the Netherlands

United Kingdom:

Transport Research Laboratory

USA:
University of New Hampshire

Organisation: 
Zavod za gradbeništvo Slovenije (Slovenian National Building and Civil Engineering Institute)
Address: 
Dimiceva 12
Zipcode: 
1000
City: 
Ljubljana
Contact country:
Telephone: 
(+386) 1 280 42 07
Fax Number: 
(+ 386) 1 280 44 84