Research in Progress

Tran-SET is pleased to present the following, in-progress research projects that aim to address the transportation challenges of Region 6 and have great potential for implementation. The projects are organized under transportation area: (a) asphalt concrete materials, (b) portland cement materials, (c) geotechnical, (d) highway sustainability, (e) intelligent transportation systems, (f) pavements, (g) policy & planning, (h) safety, (i) structural, and (j) technology transfer.

To learn more, please click on the project's Fact Sheet (two-page overview developed at the beginning of the project) and Highlights (two-page overview updated mid-way through the project with current progress and preliminary results).

Asphalt Concrete Materials

Use of Nanoclays as Alternatives of Polymers Toward Improving Performance of Asphalt Binders
Lead University: Arkansas State University
Project No. 17BASU01

Impacts of Moisture on Asphalt Properties
Lead University: Arkansas Sate University
Project No. 17BASU03

Development of a Standard Test Method for Characterization of Asphalt Modifiers and Aging-Related Degradation using an Extensional Rheometer
Lead University: Louisiana Tech University
Project No. 17BLSU01

Enhancing the Durability and the Service Life of Asphalt Pavements through Innovative Light-Induced Self-Healing Materials
Lead University: Louisiana State University
Project No. 17BLSU02

Development of a Self-healing and Rejuvenating Mechanisms for Asphalt Mixtures Containing Recycled Asphalt Shingle
Lead University: Louisiana State University
Project No. 17BLSU06

Elimination of Empirical, Ineffective and Expensive PG Plus Tests to Characterize Modified Binders
Lead University: Arkansas State University
Project No. 18BASU02

Use of Rice Husk Ash (RHA) in Flowable Fill Concrete Mix Material
Lead University: Arkansas State University
Project No. 18BASU03

Portland Concrete Materials

Use of Rice Hull Ash (RHA) as a Sustainable Source of Construction Material
Lead University: Arkansas State University
Project No. 17CASU02

Evaluation of the Performance and Cost-effectiveness of Engineered Cementitious Composites (ECC) Produced from Region 6 Local Materials
Lead University: Louisiana State University
Project No. 17CLSU05

Self-healing Microcapsules as Concrete Aggregates for Corrosion Inhibition in Reinforced Concrete
Lead University: Texas A&M University
Collaborative University: Louisiana State University
Project No. 17CLSU08

Bridge Deck Overlays using Ultra-High Performance Concrete
Lead University: New Mexico State University
Project No. 17CNMS01

Modeling Sulfate Attack in Modern Concrete for Building Sustainable and Resilient Infrastructure
Lead University: Texas A&M University
Project No. 17CTAM01

Application of Engineered Cementitious Composites (ECC) for Jointless Ultrathin Whitetopping Overlay
Lead University: Louisiana State University
Collaborative University: University of New Mexico
Project No. 18CLSU01

Self-Healing Concrete using Encapsulated Bacterial Spores in a Simulated Hot Subtropical Climate
Lead University: Louisiana State University
Project No. 18CLSU02

Use of Bagasse Ash as a Concrete Additive for Road Pavement Applications
Lead University: Louisiana State University
Project No. 18CLSU03

Investigation of Physical and Dynamic Properties of High Porous Concrete
Lead University: Baton Rouge Community College
Project No. 18CLSU14

UHPC Shear Keys in Concrete Bridge Superstructures
Lead University: New Mexico State University
Project No. 18CNMSU01

Development Geopolymers Based Cement and Soil Stabilizers for Transportation Infrastructure
Lead University: Texas A&M University
Collaborative University: University of Texas at Arlington
Project No. 18CTAMU04

Geotechnical

Prediction and Rehabilitation of Highway Embankment Slope Failures in Changing Climate
Lead University: Louisiana State University
Collaborative University: University of Texas at Arlington
Project No. 17GTLSU04

Synthesis of Faults Traces in SE Louisiana Relative to Infrastructure
Lead University: Tulane University
Collaborative Universities: University of New Orleans, University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Project No. 17GTLSU12

In-Situ Mechanical Characterization for Compacted Aggregates
Lead University: New Mexico State University
Project No. 17GTNMS02

Development of Environmentally Friendly Stabilization Methods for Transport Infrastructure Based on Geopolymers
Lead University: Texas A&M University
Collaborative University: University of Texas at Arlington
Project No. 17GTTAM02

Development of Metals Corrosion Maps of Arkansas and Maintenance of Cross-Drains
Lead University: Arkansas State University
Project No. 18GTASU01

Integrated Field Instrumentation, Full-scale Physical Experiments, and Numerical Modeling of the Performance and Rehabilitation of Highway Embankments
Lead University: Louisiana State University
Collaborative University: University of Texas at Arlington
Project No. 18GTLSU06

Soil-Recycled Aggregate-Geopolymer Road Base/Subbase Mixtures: Steps towards Sustainability
Lead University: University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Project No. 18GTLSU10

Performance of Drilled Shaft under Combination of Complicated Loads under Hurricane Event
Lead University: University of Texas at San Antonio
Project No. 18GTTSA02

Karst Sinkhole Detecting and Mapping using Airborne LiDAR
Lead University: University of New Mexico
Project No. 18GTUNM01

Highway Sustainability

Evaluation and Enhancement of Carbon Sequestration Potential, Bioenergy Production and Ecosystem Services of Existing Vegetation along Roadsides
Lead University: University of Texas at San Antonio
Project No. 18HSTSA01

Assessing the Impacts of Super Storm Flooding in the Transportation Infrastructure - Case Study: San Antonio, Texas
Lead University: University of Texas at San Antonio
Collaborative University: Texas A&M University
Project No. 18HSTSA02

Intelligent Transportation Systems

Promoting Economic Development in the Baton Rouge Area, LA: Improving the Performance of the Transportation System through Supply-Oriented, Demand-Oriented and Economic Measures for Mitigating Traffic Congestion
Lead University: Oklahoma State University
Collaborative University: Louisiana State University
Project No. 17ITSLSU09

Establishing Guidelines for Ramp Metering Performance Evaluation and Implementation Practices in Louisiana
Lead University: Louisiana State University
Project No. 17ITSLSU14

Study the Impacts of Freight Consolidation and Truck Sharing on Freight Mobility
Lead University: Oklahoma State University
Project No. 17ITSOKS02

Relationship between Road Network Characteristics and Traffic Safety
Lead University: University of Texas at San Antonio
Project No. 17ITSTSA01

Investigating and Analyzing Factors Affecting Lane-Capacity Variations in the Roadway Network in Baton Rouge, LA Measures for Mitigating Traffic Congestion
Lead University: Louisiana State University
Project No. 18ITSLSU07

Combining Virtual Reality and Machine Learning for Intelligent Sustainable Traffic Management
Lead University: Louisiana State University
Project No. 18ITSLSU09

Vehicle Sensing and Communications using LED Headlights to Enhance the Performance of Intelligent Transportation Systems: Proof of Concept, Implementation, and Applications
Lead University: Oklahoma State University
Project No. 18ITSOKS01

Smart Charging of Future Electric Vehicles using Roadway Infrastructure
Lead University: University of Texas at San Antonio
Collaborative University: University of New Mexico
Project No. 18ITSTSA03

Pavements

Development of a Self-powered Structural Health Monitoring System for Transportation Infrastructure
Lead University: Texas A&M University
Collaborative University: University of Texas at San Antonio
Project No. 17PTAM03

Evaluation of Comparative Damaging Effects of Multiple Truck Axles for Flexible Pavements
Lead University: University of Texas at Arlington
Collaborative University: University of Texas at San Antonio
Project No. 17PUTA01

Simplified Approach for Structural Evaluation of Flexible Pavements at the Network Level
Lead University: University of Texas at Arlington
Collaborative Universities: University of Texas at San Antonio, University of Texas at Tyler
Project No. 17PUTA02

Decision-Making Tool for Road Preventive Maintenance using Vehicle Vibration Data
Lead University: Texas A&M University
Collaborative University: Louisiana State University
Project No. 18PLSU08

Mitigating Pavement Reflective Cracking using a Ductile Concrete Interlayer
Lead University: University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Project No. 18PLSU13

Developing Implementable Climatic Input Data and Moisture Boundary Conditions for Pavement Analysis and Design
Lead University: Oklahoma State University
Project No. 18POKS03

The Impact of Hurricane Harvey on Pavement Structures in the SE Texas and SW Louisiana
Lead University: University of Texas at Arlington
Project No. 18PUTA02

Policy & Planning

Recruiting, Retaining, and Promoting for Careers at Transportation Agencies
Lead University: Louisiana State University
Collaborative Universities: University of New Mexico, Prairie View A&M University
Project No. 17PPLSU07

Research Incentive Programs for Closures of Public and Private Grade Crossings
Lead University: Louisiana State University
Project No. 17PPLSU13

Sustainable and Equitable Financing for Pedestrian Infrastructure Maintenance
Lead University: University of New Mexico
Project No. 17PPUNM01

Strategies for Prioritizing Needs for Accelerated Construction after Hazard Events
Lead University: University of New Mexico
Collaborative University: Louisiana State University
Project No. 18PPLSU04

Lifecycle Environmental Impact of High-Speed Rail System in the I-45 Corridor
Lead University: Prairie View A&M University
Project No. 18PPPVU01

Evaluating how the Quality of Pedestrian Infrastructure Affects the Choice of Walk
Lead University: University of New Mexico
Project No. 18PPUNM02

Safety

Investigating Problem of Distracted Drivers on Louisiana Roadways
Lead University: University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Project No. 17SALSU10

Truck Crash Causation in Louisiana
Lead University: Louisiana State University
Project No. 18SALSU05

Portable Roadway High Water Detection System for Driver Safety and Infrastructure Assessment
Lead University: University of Texas at San Antonio
Project No. 18SATSA05

Structural

A Comprehensive Reliability-based Framework for Corrosion Damage Monitoring and Repair Design of Reinforced Concrete Structures
Lead University: Texas A&M University
Collaborative Universities: Louisiana State University, University of New Mexico
Project No. 17STLSU03

Bridge Inspecting with Unmanned Aerial Vehicles R&D
Lead University: University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Collaborative University: Louisiana State University
Project No. 17STLSU11

Sustainability-based Long-term Management of Bridges under Multi-hazard Exposure
Lead University: Oklahoma State University
Project No. 17STOKS01

Integrated Health Monitoring and Reinforcement of Transportation Structures with Optimized Low-cost Multifunctional Braided Cables
Lead University: Texas A&M University
Project No. 17STTAM04

Coastal Bridges under Hurricane Stresses along the Texas and Louisiana Coast
Lead University: University of Texas at San Antonio
Project No. 17STTSA02

Development, Training, Education, and Implementation of Low-cost Sensing Technologies for Bridge Structural Health Monitoring (SHM)
Lead University: University of New Mexico
Project No. 17STUNM02

Cost-effective Methods to Retrofit Metal Culverts using Composites
Lead University: University of New Mexico
Project No. 17STUNM03

Use Ultra-High-Performance Fiber-Reinforced Concrete (UHP-FRC) for Fast and Sustainable Repair of Pavements
Lead University: University of Texas at Arlington
Project No. 17STUTA03

FRP Composite Decks for Movable Bridges
Lead University: University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Project No. 18STLSU11

Use Exterior Bridge Girder Fender System for Over-height Vehicle Impact Protection
Lead University: University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Project No. 18STLSU12

A Comprehensive Framework for Life-Cycle Assessment of Reinforced Concrete Bridge Decks
Lead University: Oklahoma State University
Project No. 18STOKS02

Reduction of Structural Damage from the Thermal Expansion of Concrete using Multifunctional Materials
Lead University: Texas A&M University
Project No. 18STTAM01

Disaster-Resilient and Self-Assessing Multifunctional Transportation Structures
Lead University: Texas A&M University
Project No. 18STTAM02

Structural Vulnerability of Coastal Bridges under Extreme Hurricane Conditions
Lead University: University of Texas at San Antionio
Project No. 18STTSA04

Augmented Reality Enhancing the Inspections of Transportation Infrastructure: Research, Education, and Industry Implementation
Lead University: University of New Mexico
Project No. 18STUNM03

Toward Corrosion-Free and Highly Sustainable Structural Members by using Emerging Ultra-High-Performance Materials for Transportation Infrastructure
Lead University: University of Texas at Arlington
Project No. 18STUTA01

Technology Transfer

Educational and Workforce Development through Creation of Programs in Transportation to Generate Future Careers for Our Students in Navajo Nation Region
Lead University: Navajo Technical University
Project No. 17TTNTUA01

Workforce Development Symposiums for UHPC
Lead University: New Mexico State University
Project No. 18TTNMSU02

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