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Sunday
Dec092012

Tech: Could the Future of Road Maintenance Be a Magic Carpet …

       

Well, strictly speaking it's not a "magic carpet" but this new conceptual asphalt road rehabilitation machine is just about “magic”. Designed by Swedish design student Gosha Galitsky, the Dynapac Red Carpet is a bit of conceptual heavy equipment that could change the way roads are maintained around the world.

While normal reconstruction and even rehabilitation of asphalt roads currently requires that lanes be closed, the DRC is designed to handle the process in full traffic. Moving along a single lane in full traffic, the DRC would use full uptake and lay down equipment to remove and replace existing asphalt. The conceptual device would use high powered microwaves to heat existing asphalt, then mix it with an onboard rejuvenator before reapplication. Since the DRC is designed to be a slow moving device, reapplied asphalt would actually exit the machine ready for traffic! All of this while traffic moves through the machine!

Given the world’s need for elevated sustainable practices, anything that can eliminate road congestion while maintaining a nation’s infrastructure is a great thing. Besides that, this concept is just plain awesome. We can wait for a world where these things are roaming the cities, repairing roads, and teching up the whole joint …

- KFD -

Image and video credit Gosha Galistsky.

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