The urban population is rising and vulnerable road users like pedestrians are increasingly subjected to severe injuries mainly caused by falling on the pavement. Why not design and develop softer pavements using recycled tires rubber? A perfect approach to reduce the use of raw resources by recycling while improving the life quality of citizens by developing further safer bike lanes and sidewalks.
The objective of my project is to understand and integrate body biomechanics in pavement and material engineering field. Future materials will have a direct impact on roads infrastructures and for vulnerable users’ (pedestrians, cyclists …) safety and injuries. Indeed, the aim is the use of human body modelling to design soft, innovative and green pavements (made with recycled tyres materials), that should support daily traffic and at the same time absorb impacts (then reduce injuries) during an accident causing the fall.