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

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

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

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

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

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

Currently, there are no projects under this topical area. Please “stay tuned” when fourth-cycle projects are anticipated to begin in May 2020.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Technology Transfer

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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