Materials Research: Asphalt Materials

(a)       Asphalt mixture testing

(i)        Fatigue cracking

(ii)       Thermal cracking

(iii)       Reflection cracking

(iv)      Permanent deformation

(v)       Moisture susceptibility

(vi)      Tack coat bond testing

(b)       Asphalt binder testing

(i)        Superpave binder characterization

(ii)       Pull-off and torsion tests for binders

(iii)       Binder rheology

(iv)       Binders and mix volumetrics

(c)        Asphalt binder and mixture technologies

(i)        Recycled asphalt pavements and shingles

(ii)        Rejuvenators

(iii)       Warm-mix asphalt

(iv)      Permeable asphalt materials

(v)       Polymer and rubber modified asphalt materials

(d)       Microstructural characterization

(i)        X-ray computed tomography imaging

(ii)       Image processing for asphalt microstructure characterization

(iii)       Energy Dispersive Spectroscopy (EDS) and Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM)

(e)       Alternative binders

(i)        Microalgae

(ii)       Soy fatty acids

(iii)       Nanoclay

(iv)       Waste cooking oil

(f)        Advanced mix and binder models

(i)        Micromechanical finite element modeling for mix evaluation

(ii)       Dynamic viscoelastic finite element models for fuel consumption calculations

(iii)       Finite element models for tack coats

(g)       Field tests to characterize asphalt materials

(i)        Falling weight deflectometer testing

(ii)       Pull-off and torsion test devices to measure in-situ tack coat bond strength

(iii)       Ground penetrating radar

(iv)      Heavy vehicle simulator testing

(v)       Automated pavement condition surveys

(vi)      Accelerated pavement test systems