VIABAHIA and the Faculdade Independente do Nordeste (FAINOR), in Vitória da Conquista, continue to carry out studies in tropical soils (also known as lateritic).
At the beginning of June, the first scientific article was published (click here to see the article in PDF) in the multidisciplinary magazine Núcleo do Conhecimento, giving the first results on the use of the MCT methodology (Tropical Compacted Miniature).
“Our research group aims to analyze the characteristics of these tropical soils, carrying out tests and trials, so that they meet the needs of use in the process of asphalt paving in the BR-116 (section administered by VIABAHA). We started working in October last year (2019), advancing in these studies, from the first tests to the appearance of this type of soil in the region under analysis,” explained Lázaro Pereira, member of the engineering team of VIABAHIA and student of FAINOR. “With this scientific article, we want to disseminate our experience in the subject. We have even received calls from engineers, asking for more details about it” he concludes.
The practical result of using tropical pavement soils is to optimise costs and reduce carbon dioxide emissions by transporting materials, since deposits exist in areas close to the BR-116 road.
VIABAHIA and FAINOR Association
The BR-116 road will serve as a field for the application of ideas developed between the two institutions. Through this technical-scientific cooperation agreement, a soil laboratory for oxisole studies (laterite soils) was established in Vitória da Conquista using the MCT (Mini Tropical Compaction) methodology, in addition to carrying out scientific research in the area of geotechnics and pavement technology.
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