Research in Progress

Tran-SET is pleased to announce the following research projects that will serve to address the transportation challenges of region 6, with great potential for implementation, followed by outreach activities, education, and workforce development.

Asphalt Concrete Materials

  • Use of Nanoclays as Alternatives of Polymers Toward Improving Performance of Asphalt Binders
    Lead University: Arkansas State University
    Project No. 17BASU01 [Project Description] [Project Highlights]
  • Impacts of Moisture on Asphalt Properties
    Lead University: Arkansas State University
    Project No. 17BASU03 [Project Description] [Project Highlights]
  • 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 [Project Description] [Project Highlights]
  • 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 [Project Description] [Project Highlights]
  • Development of a Self-healing and Rejuvenating Mechanisms for Asphalt Mixtures Containing Recycled Asphalt Shingle
    Lead University: Louisiana State University
    Project No. 17BLSU06 [Project Description] [Project Highlights]
  • Elimination of Empirical, Ineffective and Expensive PG Plus Tests to Characterize Modified Binders
    Leading University: Arkansas State University
    Project No. 18BASU02 [Project Description]

Portland Cement Concrete Materials

  • Use of Rice Hull Ash (RHA) as a Sustainable Source of Construction Material
    Lead University: Arkansas State University
    Project No. 17CASU02 [Project Description] [Project Highlights]
  • 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 [Project Description] [Project Highlights]
  • 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 [Project Description] [Project Highlights]
  • Bridge Deck Overlays Using Ultra-High Performance Concrete
    Lead University: New Mexico State University
    Project No. 17CNMS01 [Project Description] [Project Highlights]
  • Modeling Sulfate Attack in Modern Concrete for Building Sustainable and Resilient Infrastructure
    Lead University: Texas A&M University
    Project No. 17CTAM01 [Project Description] [Project Highlights]
  • Application of Engineered Cementitious Composites (ECC) for Jointless Ultrathin Whitetopping Overlay
    Leading University: Louisiana State University
    Collaborative University: University of New Mexico
    Project No. 18CLSU01 [Project Description]
  • Self-Healing Concrete using Encapsulated Bacterial Spores in a Simulated Hot Subtropical Climate
    Leading University: Louisiana State University
    Project No. 18CLSU02 [Project Description]
  • Use of Bagasse Ash as a Concrete Additive for Road Pavement Applications
    Leading University: Louisiana State University
    Project No. 18CLSU03 [Project Description]
  • Investigation of Physical and Dynamic Properties of High Porous Concrete
    Leading University: Baton Rouge Community College
    Project No. 18CLSU14 [Project Description]
  • UHPC Shear Keys in Concrete Bridge Superstructures
    Leading University: New Mexico State University
    Project No. 18NMSU01 [Project Description]
  • Development of Geopolymers Based Cement and Soil Stabilizers for Transportation Infrastructure
    Leading University: Texas A&M University
    Collaborative University: University of Texas at Arlington
    Project No. 18CTAMU04 [Project Description]

Geotechnical

  • Prediction and Rehabilitation of Highway Embankment Slope Failures in Changing Climate
    Lead University: Louisiana State University
    Collaborative University: University of Texas, Arlington
    Project No. 17GTLSU04 [Project Description] [Project Highlights]
  • In-Situ Mechanical Characterization for Compacted Aggregates
    Lead University: New Mexico State University
    Project No. 17GTNMS02 [Project Description] [Project Highlights]
  • Development of Environmentally Friendly Stabilization Methods for Transport Infrastructure Based on Geopolymers
    Lead University: Texas A&M University
    Collaborative University: University of Texas, Arlington
    Project No. 17GTTAM02 [Project Description] [Project Highlights]
  • 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 [Project Description] [Project Highlights]
  • Development of Metals Corrosion Maps of Arkansas and Maintenance of Cross-Drains
    Leading University: Arkansas State University
    Project No. 18GTASU01 [Project Description]
  • Integrated Field Instrumentation, Full-Scale Physical Experiments, and Numerical Modeling of the Performance and Rehabilitation of Highway Embankments
    Leading University: Louisiana State University
    Collaborative University: University of Texas at Arlington
    Project No. 18GTLSU06 [Project Description]
  • Soil-Recycled Aggregate-Geopolymer Road Base/Subbase Mixtures: Step Towards Sustainability
    Leading University: University of Louisiana at Lafayette
    Project No. 18GTLSU10 [Project Description]
  • Performance of Drilled Shaft under Combination of Complicated Loads under Hurricane Event
    Leading University: University of Texas at San Antonio
    Project No. 18GTTSA02 [Project Description]
  • Karst Sinkhole Detecting and Mapping Using Airborne LiDAR
    Leading University: University of New Mexico
    Project No. 18GTUNM01 [Project Description]

Highway Sustainability

  • Evaluation and Enhancement of Carbon Sequestration Potential, Bioenergy Production and Ecosystem Services of Existing Vegetation along Roadsides
    Leading University: University of Texas at San Antonio
    Project No. 18HSTSA01 [Project Description]
  • Assessing the Impacts of Super Storm Flooding in the Transportation Infrastructure – Case Study: San Antonio, Texas
    Leading University: University of Texas at San Antonio
    Collaborative University: Texas A&M University
    Project No. 18HSTSA02 [Project Description]

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 [Project Description] [Project Highlights]
  • Study the Impacts of Freight Consolidation and Truck Sharing on Freight Mobility
    Lead University: Oklahoma State University
    Project No. 17ITSOKS02 [Project Description] [Project Highlights]
  • Relationship between Road Network Characteristics and Traffic Safety
    Lead University: University of Texas at San Antonio
    Project No. 17ITSTSA01 [Project Description] [Project Highlights]
  • Establishing Guidelines for Ramp Metering Performance Evaluation and Implementation Practices in Louisiana
    Lead University: Louisiana State University
    Project No. 17ITSLSU14 [Project Description] [Project Highlights]
  • Investigating and Analyzing Factors Affecting Lane-Capacity Variations in the Roadway Network in Baton Rouge, LA Measures for Mitigating Traffic Congestion
    Leading University: Louisiana State University
    Project No. 18ITSLSU07 [Project Description]
  • Combining Virtual Reality and Machine Learning for Intelligent Sustainable Traffic Management
    Leading University: Louisiana State University
    Project No. 18ITSLSU09 [Project Description]
  • Vehicle Sensing and Communications using LED Headlights to Enhance the Performance of Intelligent Transportation Systems: Proof of Concept, Implementation, and Applications
    Leading University: Oklahoma State University
    Project No. 18ITSOKS01 [Project Description]
  • Smart Charging of Future Electric Vehicles Using Roadway Infrastructure
    Leading University: University of Texas at San Antonio
    Collaborative University: University of New Mexico
    Project No. 18ITSTSA03 [Project Description]

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 [Project Description] [Project Highlights]
  • Evaluation of Comparative Damaging Effects of Multiple Truck Axles for Flexible Pavements
    Lead University: University of Texas, Arlington
    Collaborative University: University of Texas at San Antonio

    Project No. 17PUTA01 [Project Description] [Project Highlights]
  • Simplified Approach for Structural Evaluation of Flexible Pavements at the Network Level
    Lead University: University of Texas, Arlington
    Collaborative Universities: University of Texas at San Antonio, University of Texas at Tyler
    Project No. 17PUTA02 [Project Description] [Project Highlights]
  • Decision-Making Tool for Road Preventive Maintenance Using Vehicle Vibration Data
    Leading University: Texas A&M University
    Collaborative University: Louisiana State University
    Project No. 18PLSU08 [Project Description]
  • Mitigating Pavement Reflective Cracking using a Ductile Concrete Interlayer
    Leading University: University of Louisiana at Lafayette
    Project No. 18PLSU13 [Project Description]
  • Developing Implementable Climatic Input Data and Moisture Boundary Conditions for Pavement Analysis and Design
    Leading University: Oklahoma State University
    Project No. 18POKS03 [Project Description]
  • The Impact of Hurricane Harvey on Pavement Structures in the SE Texas and SW Louisiana
    Leading University: University of Texas at Arlington
    Project No. 18PUTA02 [Project Description]

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 [Project Description] [Project Highlights]
  • Sustainable and Equitable Financing for Pedestrian Infrastructure Maintenance
    Lead University: University of New Mexico
    Project No. 17PPUNM01 [Project Description] [Project Highlights]
  • Research Incentive Programs for Closures of Public and Private Grade Crossings
    Lead University: Louisiana State University
    Project No. 17PPLSU13 [Project Description] [Project Highlights]
  • Strategies for Prioritizing Needs for Accelerated Construction after Hazard Events
    Leading University: University of New Mexico
    Collaborative University: Louisiana State University
    Project No. 18PPLSU04 [Project Description]
  • Lifecycle Environmental Impact of High-Speed Rail System in the I-45 Corridor
    Leading University: Prairie View A&M University
    Project No. 18PPPVU01 [Project Description]
  • Evaluating how the Quality of Pedestrian Infrastructure Affects the Choice to Walk
    Leading University: University of New Mexico
    Project No. 18PPUNM02 [Project Description]

Safety

  • Investigating Problem of Distracted Drivers on Louisiana Roadways
    Lead University: University of Louisiana at Lafayette
    Project No. 17SALSU10 [Project Description] [Project Highlights]
  • Truck Crash Causation in Louisiana
    Leading University: Louisiana State University
    Project No. 18SALSU05 [Project Description]
  • Portable Roadway High Water Detection System for Driver Safety and Infrastructure Assessment
    Leading University: University of Texas at San Antonio
    Project No. 18SATSA05 [Project Description]

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 [Project Description] [Project Highlights]
  • Sustainability-based Long-term Management of Bridges under Multi-hazard Exposure
    Lead University: Oklahoma State University
    Project No. 17STOKS01 [Project Description] [Project Highlights]
  • Integrated Health Monitoring and Reinforcement of Transportation Structures with Optimized Low-Cost Multifunctional Braided Cables
    Lead University: Texas A&M University
    Project No. 17STTAM04 [Project Description]
  • 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 [Project Description] [Project Highlights]
  • Cost-effective Methods to Retrofit Metal Culverts Using Composites
    Lead University: University of New Mexico
    Project No. 17STUNM03 [Project Description] [Project Highlights]
  • Use Ultra-High-Performance Fiber-Reinforced Concrete (UHP-FRC) for Fast and Sustainable Repair of Pavements
    Lead University: University of Texas, Arlington
    Project No. 17STUTA03 [Project Description] [Project Highlights]
  • Coastal Bridges under Hurricane Stresses along the Texas and Louisiana Coast
    Lead University: University of Texas at San Antonio
    Project No. 17STTSA02 [Project Description] [Project Highlights]
  • Bridge Inspecting with Unmanned Aerial Vehicles R&D
    Lead University: University of Louisiana at Lafayette
    Collaborative Universities: Louisiana State University
    Project No. 17STLSU11 [Project Description] [Project Highlights]
  • FRP Composite Decks for Movable Bridges
    Leading University: University of Louisiana at Lafayette
    Project No. 18STLSU11 [Project Description]
  • Exterior Bridge Girder Fender System for Over-height Vehicle Impact Protection
    Leading University: University of Louisiana at Lafayette
    Project No. 18STLSU12 [Project Description]
  • A Comprehensive Framework for Life-Cycle Cost Assessment of Reinforced Concrete Bridge Decks
    Leading University: Oklahoma State University
    Project No. 18STOKS02 [Project Description]
  • Reduction of Structural Damage from the Thermal Expansion of Concrete Using Multifunctional Materials
    Leading University: Texas A&M University
    Project No. 18SSTAM01 [Project Description]
  • Disaster-Resilient and Self-Assessing Multifunctional Transportation Structures
    Leading University: Texas A&M University
    Project No. 18STTAM02 [Project Description]
  • Structural Vulnerability of Coastal Bridges Under Extreme Hurricane Conditions
    Leading University: University of Texas at San Antonio
    Project No. 18STTSA04 [Project Description]
  • Augmented Reality Enhancing the Inspections of Transportation Infrastructure: Research, Education, and Industry Implementation
    Leading University: University of New Mexico
    Project No. 18STUNM03 [Project Description]
  • Toward Corrosion-Free and Highly Sustainable Structural Members by using Emerging Ultra-High-Performance Materials for Transportation Infrastructure
    Leading University: University of Texas at Arlington
    Project No. 18STUTA01 [Project Description]

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 [Project Description]
  • Workforce Development Symposiums for UHPC
    Leading University: New Mexico State University
    Project No. 18TTNMSU02 [Project Description]

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