Permeable pavements – green infrastructures as 
a flood mitigation measure

M.L. Afonso, M. Dinis-Almeida, C.S. Fael
Permeable asphalt pavements have been one of the solutions used to increase the permeability of road pavements given the growing urbanization and climate change. The high porosity and permeability of surface layers with PA (porous asphalt) mixtures allows the water infiltration and, consequently, reduces superficial runoff and contributes to the recharge of underground aquifers. However, the infiltration capacity may be impaired by clogged pores with sediments. The double layer porous asphalt (DLPA) was developed to mitigate this effect. This is a key issue in the pavements' service life. Information on the clogging processes in these layers is not yet well characterized. The study was carried out using a rainfall simulator in order to generate design storm events with a known intensity and duration. The experimental methodology adopted took into account different phases of evaluation of the infiltration capacity with two clogging cycles (500 and 1000 g m-2). The DLPA infiltration capacity was evaluated in the different phases after different precipitation events (100, 200 and 300 mm h-1). The results showed that, in general, the double layer porous asphalt has the capacity to drain the water, even after clogging and with lower voids content. The infiltration capacity was partially restored when subjected to simple maintenance.
Afonso, M.L., Dinis-Almeida, M. and Fael, C.S. (2018). Permeable pavements – green infrastructures as 
a flood mitigation measure. Acta Hortic. 1215, 369-376
DOI: 10.17660/ActaHortic.2018.1215.68
porous, asphalt, water, infiltration, clogging, maintenance

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