Applications of Nanotechnology in Transportation Engineering

Applications of Nanotechnology in Transportation Engineering

Imtiaz Ahmed (Mirpur University of Science and Technology, Pakistan), Naveed Ahmad (University of Engineering and Technology Taxila, Pakistan), Imran Mehmood (Mirpur University of Science and Technology, Pakistan), Israr Ul Haq (Mirpur University of Science and Technology, Pakistan), Muhammad Hassan (Mirpur University of Science and Technology, Pakistan) and Muhammad Umer Arif Khan (Mirpur University of Science and Technology, Pakistan)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-0344-6.ch006
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Abstract

Nanotechnology is the latest development in science, where design, construction and applications of various particles involve at least one dimension in nanometers. The nanotechnology has been utilized in many of the scientific and societal disciplines including electronics, medicine, materials science and many more. It has also influenced the broader fields like civil engineering as well as the sub-disciplines including transportation, structural, geotechnical, water resources and environmental engineering. The current focus of the researchers in transportation field is to develop the materials for sustainable transportation facilities, by using the concepts of nanotechnology. The chapter is concerned with the literature review of potential applications of the nanotechnology in transportation engineering including safety, durability, sustainability and economy. The practical applications of the nanotechnology and nanomaterials shall prove to be an asset in transportation engineering.
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