Mexican Kid Finds New Form Of Rubber Road Pavement That Self-Repairs When Exposed to Rain

Israel Antonio Briseño Carmona, a Mexican university student created a new rubber pavement made from recycled tires. The advantage of this pavement is that it regenerates every time it rains.

Antonio is a civil engineering student at the Autonomous University of Coahuila in Torreón, Mexico. Challenged by solving the problem of damaged pavement and potholes in cities where rain occurs regularly, he created the new self-regenerating pavement, which can save billions of dollars on costs for construction companies and governments around the world.

This invention brought Briseño the national top spot as a 2019 James Dyson Award winner for Mexico.

Earning that award Antonio said:

“What happens is that when it rains, water filters down to the subbase [of the pavement], creating a fault, and when cars pass over it, it collapses. That’s why I wanted to turn the main material that deteriorates into one that can recover. This project [can allow] water to instead be a source of maintenance for our roads.”

He developed that idea last year by testing a formula using recycled rubber from tires, which would make the roads both more sustainable and cheaper.

His invention was patented under the name Paflec. The James Dyson Award website explains that this rubber is enriched with various additives and becomes a putty-like substance. When that substance comes into contact with water it will allow the regeneration and physical-chemical improvement of the pavement.

The idea of Briseño is to make a contract with a construction company from whom he hopes to get a 5 percent commission on the total profit. As the partnership remains necessary for the young inventor to certify and tender such a project, he hasn’t yet formed such a relationship with any companies.

Trying to achieve his goal he has devised a three-step plan that would allow him to turn his concept into reality, which are:

–           1st – Plans to meet with an engineer who would be able to iron out any problems with the concept. They should simultaneously build a short strip of road that could be tested to ensure that it works as planned.

–           2nd – Seeking certification for the new system through the national construction standardization organization ONNCCE,

–           3rd – To gain approval from national authorities to authorize any contracts using the self-generating pavement.

Briseño said:

“At present, there are already pavement types that can regenerate, but none use water as a means of regeneration [nor are they] made of tires.”

For the moment, the pavement in Mexico is 80 percent of asphalt and 20 percent of hydraulic cement, which remains poor materials when considering the importance of roads.

However, according to Mind Unleashed, it was recently discovered that the driving may be polluting the environment, which was not previously known. It is, also backed by the recent study, which showed that the single greatest source of microplastics in California’s coastal waters comes as a result of breaking down the car tires while driving.

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