Dynapac Red Carpet
The Dynapac Red Carpet is a recycling solution for road maintenance in future Mega-Cities.
The Dynapac Red Carpet is an environmentally conscious solution for road maintenance in future Mega-Cities, where street traffic is predicted to become increasingly dense and unstoppable. This futuristic road-recycling paver allows inner city traffic to continue its flow without interruptions by letting vehicles drive over it while paving.
Known drawbacks of design:
The Dynapac Red Carpet is a conceptual project, and while it utilizes existing technology many engineering and safety challenges remain to be solved for the product to become a reality. Specifically, the topic of road safety around the machine when using extra-long, extra-low or extra-heavy vehicles needs to be addressed. The project's main goal was to provoke the paving industry, which has long been focusing on evolution rather than revolution, to challenge it to think differently and adopt bolder and more forward-thinking concepts. It looks forward to the development of large Mega-Cities, and aims to create an alternative, low energy and more environmentally conscious concept for maintaining the transport arteries in urban areas.
Status of realization:
Energy, Environment, Habitation, Mobility, Urbanization
Region of use:
Europe, North America, South America
The concept was designed to fit the existing design language for Dynapac machines that has been previously developed by Atlas Copco Industrial Competence Center. The form factor had to address the necessity of drivers to drive over the paver, so the machine had to look friendly enough for drivers yet maintain its presence as a working vehicle and as a part of the Dynapac family brand.
Ironically, while the design of the vehicles we drive has gone a long way, the machines, materials and processes we use to construct and maintain our roads today have not changed significantly since as far as the 1940’s. Since only one basic configuration of paver exists today, road maintenance has to be done using machines which were originally constructed for paving new road surfaces. Modern road maintenance requires multiple machines and creates a severe interference of the traffic in the city every time street maintenance is performed. Because maintaining the streets generally requires shutting the traffic down, there is constant pressure on the road working agencies to delay minor repairs until the road condition becomes so bad that the road needs to be torn down completely and paved again using new materials. Dynapac Red Carpet addresses these issues by providing a method to recycle the road while permitting the traffic to continue flowing while road repairs are being made.
This project looks forward to the development of large Mega-Cities which will house half of the planet's population within the next few decades. The emergence of these cities will present new challenges to road construction industry. Specifically, the high volume of traffic and the importance of keeping it continuous will require a revolution in the machines used for road maintenance today. Ironically, while the design of the vehicles we drive has gone a long way, the machines, materials and processes we use to construct and maintain our roads today have not changed significantly since as far as the 1940’s. The Dynapac Red Carpet offers an alternative, low energy and more environmentally conscious concept for maintaining the transport arteries in urban areas.
Other relevant information
During a user interview with Roger Lundholm, a technical manager of NCC, Scandinavia's largest road construction associations, he mentioned that when he was 6 years old he rode a bicycle and accidentally collided with a paver. He then mentioned that that paver in the 1960s was exactly the same as the machines he works on today. He then went on to describe his deep dissatisfaction with modern pavers and suggested many points for improvement.
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How has the development of the design been financed hereunto?
Company development costs
Is there a plan for future investments?
Is there in-house competencies to secure market roll out of the design, with regards to investment, distribution, sales, etc.?
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Alex Liebert, Thomas Degn, Martin Larsson, Anders Smith, Juergen Seemann, Roger Lundholm