Dr. John Kevern, SCE Assistant Professor and Dr. Jerry Richardson, SCE Associate Professor, both in the Civil and Mechanical Engineering Department, recently had a new research project funded. Their proposal on the hydraulic design of permeable interlocking concrete pavers will be funded by the Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute (ICPI).
According to Dr. Kevern, permeable interlocking pavement is a type of brick paver where gaps between each paver allow water to pass through the surface. This type of system allows water to soak into the ground, rather than run off the edges of the paved area, which can lead to flooding. Currently, there is no proven design methodology on how to lay these pavers in efficient configurations. Dr. Kevern and Dr. Richardson’s research will focus specifically on the infiltration capacity of different paver configurations, set at different slopes, with varying pollutants in the water.
The ultimate goal of their research is to develop a proven set of standards for designing systems of permeable interlocking pavers that can be used to minimize maintenance and optimize performance.