Stormwater runoff and pollution retention performances of permeable pavements and the effects of structural factors

Liu, Wen and Feng, Qi and Chen, Weiping and Deo, Ravinesh C. ORCID: (2020) Stormwater runoff and pollution retention performances of permeable pavements and the effects of structural factors. Environmental Science and Pollution Research, 27 (24). pp. 30831-30843. ISSN 0944-1344


Permeable pavements, as additive structures that have a good capability for runoff and pollutant reduction, are extensively used for sustainable urban drainage techniques. However, the exact mechanisms of runoff retention and pollutant reduction of a permeable pavement system remain unclear and so, it has become an ongoing issue and motivation for hydrologists and design and structural engineers. In this research paper, a suite of four scale-based runoff plots representing permeable pavements were designed with different permeable surface types and gravel layer thickness treatments, and coupled with simulated rainfall experiments to analyze the impacts of structural factors of permeable pavements on runoff retentions and pollution reduction. The present results showed that the average time to runoff for permeable pavements under low-intensity rainfall scenarios was approximately 78.5 min, while this was shortened to only 51.5 min under high-intensity rainfall scenarios. In terms of the average runoff retention of permeable pavements tested under low- and high-intensity rainfall cases, the results recorded approximately 52.5% and 42.5%, respectively, but runoff retention performances were relatively greater for the case of smaller storms within the scale experiments. Importantly, there was no statistical significance for the time to runoff and runoff retention between the permeable bricks and porous concretes for the analyzed rainfall events. The thicker gravel layers significantly delayed runoff generation and increased runoff retention percentages. Runoff pollutant load reduction rates of total suspended solids (TSS), total nitrogen (TN), and total phosphorus (TP) were varied between permeable bricks and porous concretes. Runoff pollutants load reduction rates of TSS, TN, and TP were highly enhanced while the gravel layer thickness increased from 10 to 20 cm. Higher TSS, TN, and TP pollutant load removals were found from the lower intensity rainfalls. These findings could promote understanding of the hydrologic properties of permeable pavements and help design engineers in optimizing their design of permeable pavements for better runoff retention and pollution removal.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Institute for Advanced Engineering and Space Sciences (1 Aug 2018 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Sciences (6 Sep 2019 -)
Date Deposited: 08 Jun 2020 06:42
Last Modified: 22 Apr 2021 04:26
Uncontrolled Keywords: gravel layer thickness; permeable pavement; pollution removal; runoff retention; simulated rainfall
Fields of Research (2008): 05 Environmental Sciences > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050204 Environmental Impact Assessment
Fields of Research (2020): 41 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 4104 Environmental management > 410402 Environmental assessment and monitoring
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970105 Expanding Knowledge in the Environmental Sciences
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