Research in Progress

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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

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

Evaluation of Asphalt Rubber and Reclaimed Tire Rubber in Chip Seal Applications
Lead University: Louisiana State University
Project No. 18BLSU16

Assessment of Compatibility of Mineral Aggregates and Binders Used in Highway Construction and Maintenance Projects
Lead University: Arkansas State University
Project No. 19BASU02

Enhancing the Performance of Asphalt Mixtures Containing High RAP Content with the Use of Different WMA Technologies
Lead University: Louisiana State University
Project No. 19BLSU01

Evaluation of Asphalt Mixtures Resistance to Cement-Treated Base Reflective Cracking in the Laboratory
Lead University: Louisiana State University
Project No. 19BLSU02

Portland Concrete Materials

Use of Rice Husk Ash (RHA) in Flowable Fill Concrete Mix Material
Lead University: Arkansas State University
Project No. 18CASU03

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. 18CNMS01

Development of Geopolymers Based Cement and Soil Stabilizers for Transportation Infrastructure
Lead University: Texas A&M University
Collaborative University: University of Texas at Arlington
Project No. 18CTAM03

Influence of Powder Activated Carbon (PAC) in Fly Ash on the Properties of Concrete
Lead University: Arkansas State University
Project No. 19CASU03

Evaluation of Bagasse Ash as Cement and Sand Replacement for the Production of Engineered Cementitious Composites (ECC)
Lead University: Louisiana State University
Project No. 19CLSU03

Engineered Geopolymer Composites (EGC) for Sustainable Transportation Infrastructure
Lead University: Louisiana State University
Collaborative University: Texas A&M University
Project No. 19CLSU04

Field Implementation and Monitoring of an Ultra-High Performance Concrete Bridge Deck Overlay
Lead University: New Mexico State University
Project No. 19CNMS01

Development of Corrosion Inhibiting Geopolymers Based Cement for Transportation Infrastructure
Lead University: Texas A&M University
Project No. 19CTAM02

Geotechnical

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

Spatial Analysis of Benefits of Site Specific Ground Motion Response Analysis
Lead University: Louisiana State University
Project No. 18GTASU04

Integrated 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

Site-Specific Seismic Ground Motion Analyses for North-East Arkansas
Lead University: Arkansas State University
Project No. 19GTASU01

Coupling Novel Soil Moisture-Suction Sensors and UAV Photogrammetry Technology to the Performance of Highway Embankments
Lead University: Louisiana State University
Collaborative University: University of Texas at Arlington
Project No. 19GTLSU05

Eco-Friendly Stabilization of Sulfate-Rich Expansive Soils using Geopolymers for Transportation Infrastructure
Lead University: University of Texas at Arlington
Collaborative University: Texas A&M University
Project No. 19GTUTA01

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

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

Analysis, Modeling, and Simulation (AMS) Case Studies of Connected and Automated Vehicle (CAV) Implementations Specific to the South Central Region
Lead University: Louisiana State University
Project No. 19ITSLSU06

Selecting the Most Feasible Construction Phasing Plans for Urban Highway Rehabilitation Projects
Lead University: Texas A&M University
Collaborative University: Louisiana State University
Project No. 19ITSLSU07

Real-Time Work Zone Traffic Monitoring via Unmanned Air Vehicles
Lead University: Louisiana State University
Project No. 19ITSOSU01

The Impact on Increased Adverse Weather Events on Freight Movement
Lead University: University of Texas at Arlington
Project No. 19ITSUTA02

Development of a Self-Powered Weigh-In-Motion System
Lead University: University of Texas at San Antonio
Project No. 19ITSUTSA01

Pavements

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

Cost-Effective Detection and Repair of Moisture Damage in Pavements
Lead University: Louisiana State University
Project No. 18PLSU15

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

Investigating the Impacts of Truck Platooning on Transportation Infrastructure in the South-Central Region
Lead University: Louisiana State University
Collaborative Universities: University of Texas at San Antonio; Texas A&M University
Project No. 19PITSLSU14

Advanced Modeling and Design Methodology for Pavements using Plasticity-Based Shakedown Theory
Lead University: Louisiana State University
Project No. 19PLSU09

Holistic Network-Level Assessment of Pavement Flood Damages using the FEMA’s Hazus Flood Models and Maintenance Cost
Lead University: Louisiana State University
Collaborative University: Texas A&M University
Project No. 19PLSU13

Policy & Planning

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

Rails to Resilience: Evaluating New Orleans and Baton Rouge Terminals and Transit Links
Lead University: University of New Orleans
Project No. 19PPLSU11

Development, Education, and Implementation of A Low-Cost Audio Sensor-Based Autonomous Surveillance System for Smart and Connected Transportation Infrastructure Construction and Maintenance
Lead University: Louisiana State University
Project No. 19PPLSU12

Life Cycle Environmental Impact of Houston METRO System – Evaluation of Electric Alternatives
Lead University: Prairie View A&M University
Project No. 19PPPVU01

ABQ Streets Project: Creating Alternative Residential Street Designs
Lead University: University of New Mexico
Project No. 19PPUNM01

Safety

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

Enhancing Evaluation of Wildlife Detection Systems
Lead University: University of New Mexico
Project No. 19SAUNM03

Real-Time Early Detection and Monitoring of Flooding using Low-Cost Highly Sensitivity Ultrasonic Sensing of Water Level
Lead University: University of Texas at Arlington
Project No. 19SAUTA03

Detection and Estimation of Inundation and Associated Risks using Traffic Monitoring Cameras and High-Resolution Flood Maps under Extreme Flooding Conditions
Lead University: University of Texas at Arlington
Project No. 19SAUTA04

Development of a Low Power, Low Cost Rural Railway Intersection Smart Detection and Warning System
Lead University: University of Texas at San Antonio
Project No. 19SAUTSA03

Structural

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

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

Corrosion Management System of Regional Reinforced Concrete (RC) Bridges
Lead University: Texas A&M University
Collaborative University: Louisiana State University
Project No. 19STLSU10

Development of Low-Cost Multifunctional Materials for Near-Surface-Mounted (NSM) Strengthening of RC Bridge Beams and Columns
Lead University: Texas A&M University
Project No. 19STTAM03

Bridge Construction Monitoring using LIDAR for Quantified, Objective Quality-Control Quality-Assurance (QOQCAQ)
Lead University: University of New Mexico
Project No. 19STUNM02

Bridge Desk Inspection using Small Unmanned Aircraft System Based Airborne Imaging Techniques
Lead University: University of New Mexico
Project No. 19STUNM04

Optimizing the Geometric Configuration and Manufacturing Process of High Mast Illumination Poles
Lead University: University of Texas at San Antonio
Project No. 19STUTSA02

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. 17TTNTU01

Workforce Development Symposiums for UHPC
Lead University: New Mexico State University
Project No. 18TTNMS02

Analysis of the Causes of Workforce Shortages: Create Guidelines for Education and Workforce Development in Transportation to Generate Future Careers for the Navajo Nation
Lead University: Navajo Technical University
Project No. 19TTNTU01

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