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

Viability Assessment and Cost-Effectiveness of Using High-Modulus Asphalt Concrete (HMAC) as Base Course in Asphalt Pavements in Louisiana
Lead University: Louisiana State University
Project No. 20BLSU02

Maintenance and Restriping Strategies for Pavement Markings in Louisiana
Lead University: Louisiana State University
Project No. 20BLSU03

Catalyst Regeneration of RAP-Binder in Asphalt
Lead University: Louisiana State University
Project No. 20BLSU19

Effectiveness of Softening Agents for Enhancing Properties of Asphalt Mixes with High RAP Contents
Lead University: Arkansas State University
Project No. 20BASU23

Feasibility Assessment of Warm Mix Asphalt in Arkansas
Lead University: Arkansas State University
Project No. 20BASU24

Development of a Machine Learning-Based Model to Determine the Optimum and Safe Restriping Timing of Thermoplastic Pavement Markings in Hot and Humid Climates
Lead University: Louisiana State University
Project No. 21BLSU11

A New Generation of Dense-Graded Asphalt Mixtures with Superior Performance against Stripping and Moisture Damage
Lead University: Louisiana State University

Collaborative University: Arkansas State University
Project No. 21BLSU03

Monitoring Oxidation in Asphalt Pavements by Portable Infrared Spectroscopy (PIRS) to Establish Optimal Timing for Preservation Treatments
Lead University: Louisiana Tech University
Project No. 21BLSU07

Portland Concrete Materials

Determination of the Optimal Parameters for Self-Healing Efficiency of Encapsulated Bacteria in Concrete in a Simulated Subtropical Climate
Lead University: Louisiana State University
Project No. 20CLSU05

Evaluation of Alternative Sources of Supplementary Cementitious Materials (SCMs) for Concrete Materials in Transportation Infrastructure
Lead University: Louisiana State University
Project No. 20CLSU07

Development of Novel Ultra-High Performance Engineered Cementitious Composites (UHP-ECC) for Durable and Resilient Transportation Infrastructure
Lead University: Louisiana State University
Project No. 20CLSU08

Multifunctional corrosion control system as a sustainable approach for reinforced concrete elements 
Lead University: Texas A&M University
Project No. 20CTAMU22

Durability of Concrete Produced with an Alternative Supplementary Cementitious Material
Lead University: New Mexico State University
Project No. 20CNMSU40

Resilient 3D-Printed Infrastructure with Engineered Cementitious Composites (ECC)
Lead University: University of New Mexico
Project No. 20CUNM41

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

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

An Innovative Reinforcement Approach for Rebar-Free 3D Printing of Transportation Infrastructure
Lead University: Louisiana State University
Project No. 21CLSU01

Development and Implementation of Low-Cost Engineered Cementitious Composites (ECCs) in Rural Roads in the State of Louisiana
Lead University: Louisiana State University
Project No. 21CLSU13

Resilient 3D-Printed Civil Infrastructure with Ultra-High Performance Engineered Cementitious Composites (UHPECCs)
Lead University: Louisiana State University
Project No. 21CLSU12

Development of Ultra-High Performance Engineered Geopolymer Composites (UHP-EGCs)
Lead University: Louisiana State University

Collaborative University: Texas A&M University
Project No. 21CLSU18

Low-Cost Sustainable Engineered Geopolymer Composites (EGCs) for Repair and New Construction of Transportation
Lead University: Louisiana State University

Collaborative University: Texas A&M University
Project No. 21CLSU19

Alternative Supplementary Cementitious Materials in Ultra-High Performance Concrete
Lead University: New Mexico State University
Project No. 21CNMSU60

Characterizing corrosion control and prevention methods for RC elements based on hybrid protection mechanism
Lead University: Texas A&M University

Collaborative University: University of Texas at San Antonio
Project No. 21CTAMU01

Evaluation of Fresh and Hardened Properties of 3D-Printed Engineered Cementitious Composites (ECC) Designed for Sustainable and Resilient Infrastructure Systems
Lead University: University of New Mexico
Project No. 21CUNM05

Integrate infrastructure performance monitoring using automatic crack evaluation system and convolutional neural network
Lead University: University of Texas at Arlington
Project No. 21CUTA01

Geotechnical

Calculating Pile Downdrag: Experimental and Numerical Investigations
Lead University: Louisiana State University
Project No. 20GTLSU10

Rapid Repair of Cracks on the Embankment Slopes Using Bio-Cement
Lead University: Louisiana State University
Project No. 20GTLSU11

Mining of Unmanned Aerial System Operations and Data to Improve Emergency Operations during Natural Disasters
Lead University: Louisiana State University
Project No. 20GTLSU18

Evaluation of Sustainable and Environmentally Friendly Stabilization of Cohesionless Sandy Soil for Transportation Infrastructure 
Lead University: Texas A&M University
Project No. 20GTTAMU21

An automated system for inspecting rock faces and detecting potential rock falls using machine learning 
Lead University: University of New Mexico
Project No. 20GTUNM31

Compaction Multimeter
Lead University: New Mexico State University
Project No. 20GTNMSU39

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

Using of Rice Husk Ash (RHA) as Stabilizing Agent for Poor Subgrade Soils and Embankments
Lead University: Arkansas State University
Project No. 21GTASU01

Seismic Hazard Analysis for the City of Jonesboro and Surrounding Counties within Northeast Arkansas (NEA)
Lead University: Arkansas State University
Project No. 21GTASU02

Development of Soil-Biochar Mixtures as a Sustainable and Multi-Functional Roadway Fill Material
Lead University: Louisiana State University
Project No. 21GTLSU02

Resiliency of Transportation Infrastructure and the Environment after Hurricanes
Lead University: Texas A&M University

Collaborative University: Louisiana State University

Project No. 21GTLSU05

Investigation of the Impact of Rainfall Patterns on Highway Slope Instability
Lead University: Prairie View A&M University

Collaborative University: University of Texas at San Antonio
Project No. 21GTPVAMU2

Construction

Development of Robotics & Automation Roadmap for Road Construction/Maintenance Project
Lead University: Texas A&M University

Collaborative University: Louisiana State University

Project No. 21COLSU06

A Deep Learning Tool for the Assessment of Pavement Smoothness and Aggregate Segregation during Construction
Lead University: Louisiana State University

Project No. 21COLSU14

Highway Sustainability

Potential Use of Renewable Diesel for Transportation in Texas and its Environmental Impacts under Uncertainties Caused by COVID-19
Lead University: Prairie View A&M University

Project No. 21HSPVAMU1

Intelligent Transportation Systems

Combining Virtual Reality and Machine Learning for Enhancing the Resiliency of Transportation Infrastructure in Extreme Events  
Lead University: Louisiana State University
Project No. 20ITSLSU16

Developing Notification and Enforcement Systems to Communicate and Administer Bridge Load Postings
Lead University: Louisiana State University
Project No. 20ITSLSU17

Development of a Multi-Level Dynamic Model to Measure the Resilience Level of Transportation Infrastructure Networks: A Comprehensive Approach to Quantification of Resilience Dimensions in Highway and Bridge Projects  
Lead University: University of Texas at Arlington
Project No. 20ITSUTA27

Autonomous Vehicle Communication Strategies Modeled in Virtual Reality
Lead University: University of New Mexico
Project No. 20ITSUNM32

Smart Battery Management System for Electric Vehicles: Self-learning Algorithms for Simultaneous State and Parameter Estimation, and Stress Detection
Lead University: Oklahoma State University
Project No. 20ITSOSU38

A multi-AI-agent framework for vehicle-infrastructure integration and electric vehicle robust charging
Lead University: University of Texas at San Antonio
Project No. 20ITSUTSA43

Examining drivers’ behaviors to connected and automated vehicles
Lead University: Louisiana State University
Project No. 21ITSLSU16

Intelligent Incipient Fault Detection System for Electric Vehicle Battery: Fault Isolation Schemes and Prototype Development
Lead University: Oklahoma State University
Project No. 21ITSOSU01

Effectiveness Assessment of E-Ticketing Technology Adopted to Mitigate Covid-19 Challenges for Inspectors and Field Engineers in Transportation Projects: Guidebook Development for E-Ticketing (Electronic Track of Material Delivery) Implementation
Lead University: University of Texas at Arlington
Project No. 21ITSUTA02

Data Driven Identification of COVID-19 Impacts on E-Commerce and Freight Movement
Lead University: University of Texas at Arlington
Project No. 21ITSUTA03

Operations

A Resource Guide for State DOT’s Maintenance Equipment Fleet Management Decisions
Lead University: Oklahoma State University
Project No. 20OPOSU037

Pavements

Development of Decision Trees for the Selection of Pavement Maintenance and Rehabilitation Activities in South-Central United States
Lead University: Louisiana State University
Project No. 20PLSU04

Deep reinforcement learning-based prioritization for rapid post disaster recovery of transportation infrastructure systems
Lead University: Louisiana State University
Project No. 20PPLSU14

Network analysis to identify critical links for relief activities during extreme weather events
Lead University: University of Texas at Arlington
Project No. 20PUTA28

Expanding the Concept of Comprehensive Area Ratio Parameter to the South-Central States: Towards Simplifying the Structural Evaluation of Flexible Pavements at the Network Level
Lead University: University of Texas at San Antonio
Project No. 20PUTSA34

An innovative thermo-energy harvesting Module for asphalt roadway pavement 
Lead University: University of Texas at San Antonio
Project No. 20PUTSA42

Development of Distress Index Prediction Models for Rehabilitation Treatments in Louisiana Using Advance Machine Learning Techniques
Lead University: Louisiana State University
Project No. 21PLSU15

Permeable Curb and Gutters for Storm Water Control
Lead University: University of Texas at San Antonio
Project No. 21PUTSA01

Policy & Planning

Safety

Safety of Road Users in Light-Rail Transit Environment
Lead University: Oklahoma State University
Project No. 20SAOSU06

Exploring traffic safety problems and challenges of older roads’ users in Louisiana: Causes and countermeasures
Lead University: Louisiana State University
Project No. 20SALSU13

Preventing Struck-by Hazards: Defying Risk-desensitization via Virtual Accident Simulation
Lead University: Texas A&M University
Project No. 20SATAMU20

Urban Transportation Infrastructure and Cyclist and Pedestrian Safety
Lead University: University of Texas at San Antonio
Project No. 20SAUTSA35

Modeling Crash Severity and Collision Types Using Machine Learning
Lead University: University of Texas at San Antonio
Project No. 20SAUTSA36

Public Transportation Safety Performance Measurement Education and Traini
Lead University: Oklahoma State University
Project No. 21SAOSU02

Field Evaluation of E-Ticketing Technologies for Efficient Asphalt Delivery Ticket Collection and Quantity Calculation
Lead University: University of New Mexico
Project No. 21SAUNM01

COVID-19 and Traffic Safety: Role of Infrastructure and Exposure
Lead University: University of New Mexico
Project No. 21SAUNM02

Slowing COVID-19 Spread – Simulating Bus Seating Strategies
Lead University: University of New Mexico
Project No. 21SAUNM03

Impact of Truck Drivers and Transportation Infrastructure Characteristics on Large Truck Crashes
Lead University: University of Texas at San Antonio
Project No. 21SAUTSA01

Coupled Situational Awareness System to Improve Transportation Infrastructure Performance during Extreme Events
Lead University: University of Texas at San Antonio

Collaborative University: Prairie View A&M University
Project No. 21SAUTSA02

Structural

Bridge Load Posting Prediction
Lead University: Louisiana State University
Project No. 20STLSU01

Efficient, Low-cost Bridge Cracking Detection and Quantification Using Deep-learning and UAV Images  
Lead University: Louisiana State University
Project No. 20STLSU12

Residual life and reliability assessment of underground RC pipelines under uncertainty
Lead University: University of Texas at Arlington
Project No. 20STUTA25

Study on hybrid model combining super learner and physic-based models for SHM in bridges using low-cost BWIM
Lead University: University of Texas at Arlington
Project No. 20STUTA26

Field retrofit and testing of a corroded corrugated metal culvert using Glass Fiber Reinforced Polymers
Lead University: University of New Mexico
Project No. 20STUNM30

Bridge Cracks Monitoring: Detection, Measurement, and Comparison using Augmented Reality
Lead University: University of New Mexico
Project No. 20STUNM33

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

Comparative Analysis of 3D Printed Bridge Construction in Louisiana
Lead University: Louisiana State University
Project No. 21STLSU04

A Bridge Digital Twin for Enhancing Transportation Resilience and Asset Management
Lead University: Louisiana State University
Project No. 21STLSU08

Increasing Bridge Durability and Service Life with LIDAR Enhanced Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS)
Lead University: University of New Mexico
Project No. 21STUNM04

Technology Transfer

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