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

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

Optimizing the Sustainability of Asphalt Pavements through Incorporating Crumb Rubber in High-Modulus Asphalt Concrete (HMAC) Mixtures in Louisiana
Lead University: Louisiana State University
Project No. 22BLSU02

Evaluation of Hybrid Binder Use in Asphalt Mixtures in Louisiana
Lead University: Louisiana State University
Project No. 22BLSU04

Viability Assessment and Cost Benefit Analysis of Using Reclaimed Asphalt Pavement (RAP) in Unbound Pavement Layers in Louisiana
Lead University: Louisiana State University
Project No. 22PLSU05

A new generation of multi-functional asphalt mixtures with superhydrophobic and luminescent properties
Lead University: Louisiana State University
Project No. 22ALSU27

Prediction of Moisture Resistance of Polymeric Asphalt Binders Through the Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) Technique
Lead University: Arkansas State University
Project No. 22BASU02

Evaluating the Moisture Susceptibility of Asphalt Mixes in Oklahoma
Lead University: Oklahoma State University
Project No. 22BOSU57

Portland Concrete Materials

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

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

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

Automated Curing and Strength Monitoring of Sensor-Embedded 3D Printed Transportation Infrastructure
Lead University: Louisiana State University
Project No. 22CLSU12

Calcined Clays as Alternative Supplementary Cementitious Material and Precursor for Geopolymer Binders in Transportation Infrastructure
Lead University: Louisiana State University
Collaborative University: Texas A&M University
Project No. 22CLSU13

Characterization of Regular Concrete and Low-Cost Engineered Cementitious Composites with Incorporation of Cellulose Nanoparticles and Cost- Effective Ingredients
Lead University: Louisiana State University
Project No. 22CLSU14

Evaluation of Alternative Sources of Supplementary Cementitious Materials (SCMs) for Engineered Cementitious Composites in Transportation Infrastructure
Lead University: Louisiana State University
Project No. 22CLSU17

Environmental Friendly Applications of Ground Tire Rubber (GTR) In Producing Concrete
Lead University: Arkansas State University
Project No. 22CASU01

Alkali-Silica Reaction Mitigation using Alternative Supplementary Cementitious Materials
Lead University: New Mexico State University
Project No. 22CNMSU19

Accelerated Sulfate Attack Testing for Concrete
Lead University: New Mexico State University
Project No. 22CNMSU20

Design of 3D Printable Eco-Concrete by Utilizing Rheology Modifiers for Sustainable Infrastructure
Lead University: University of New Mexico
Project No. 22CUNM46

Geotechnical

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

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

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

Investigating the Efficacy of Natural and Nature-based Features to Increase the Service Life of Coastal Roadways
Lead University: Louisiana State University
Project No. 22GTLSU25

Stabilization of expansive soils using Geopolymers prepared from locally available resources
Lead University: Texas A&M University
Project No. 22GTTAMU40

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

Deep Reinforcement Learning-based Digital Twin for Risk Improved Decision Making in Transportation Construction
Lead University: Louisiana State University
Project No. 22COLSU39

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

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

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

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

Eco-Driving of Connected and Autonomous Vehicles Approaching and Departing Signalized Intersections
Lead University: Louisiana State University
Project No. 22ITSLSU41

Green Mobility in Texas: Comparative Environmental Impacts and Lifecycle Cost Analysis of Hybrid, Electric, and Hydrogen Fuel Cell Cars
Lead University: Prairie View A&M University
Project No. 22ITSPVAMU55

Establishing a Simulation Package and Testbed for Traffic Congestion Reduction Using Deep Reinforcement Learning
Lead University: University of Texas at San Antonio
Project No. 22ITSUTSA34

Impact of Autonomous Vehicle (AV)-Based on Demand Transportation Services on Traffic Crashes
Lead University: University of Texas at Arlington
Project No. 22ITSUTA50

Automated Vehicle Impacts on Underserved Populations
Lead University: University of Texas at Arlington
Project No. 22ITSUTA63

Vehicle Classification Technologies for Toll Collection
Lead University: University of Texas at Arlington
Project No. 22ITSOSU64

Mobility

Exploring older adults’ mobility challenges and preferences before and after COVID-19 pandemic
Lead University: Louisiana State University
Project No. 22MLSU22

Wrong-Way Driving Entry Points on interstate highways Using land-use Impact Assessment and 911 calls
Lead University: University of Texas at San Antonio
Project No. 22MUTSA68

Reinforcing Network Resilience to Support Equitable Disaster Evacuation
Lead University: University of Texas at Arlington
Project No. 22MUTA59

Operations

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

Pavements

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

Airfield Pavement Management Framework Using Advanced Modeling Techniques
Lead University: Louisiana State University
Project No. 22PLSU01

SMARTP3M: Smart Pavement Monitoring, Management, and Maintenance
Lead University: University of Texas at Tyler
Collaborative University: University of Texas at San Antonio
Project No. 22PUTSA47

Climate change impacts on asset management of Texas concrete bridges
Lead University: University of Texas at San Antonio
Project No. 22PUTSA62

Framework of Internal Damage Identification in Inhomogeneous Medium Interweaving Wave Scattering Model and Deep Learning
Lead University: University of Texas at Arlington
Project No. 22PUTA33

Monitoring of Transportation System Assets using Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) Satellite Data
Lead University: Texas A&M University
Project No. 22PTAMU43

Safety

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

Countermeasures to Improve Pedestrian Safety on Arterials
Lead University: University of New Mexico
Project No. 22SAUNM18

Development of a Web Application for Traffic Accident Mapping and Analysis
Lead University: University of New Mexico
Project No. 22SAUNM36

Leveraging Artificial Intelligence on Things for Real-time Safety Notifications in High-Risk Regions of Collision
Lead University: University of Texas at San Antonio
Project No. 22SAUTSA49

Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic on Road Safety in Region 6
Lead University: University of Texas at San Antonio
Project No. 22SAUTSA65

Impact of Urban Transportation Infrastructure and Motorist Behavior on Motorcycle Crashes
Lead University: University of Texas at San Antonio
Project No. 22SAUTSA66

Structural

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

Bridge Inspection Training and Enhanced Operations using Augmented Reality
Lead University: University of New Mexico
Project No. 22STUNM52

Monotonic and cyclic behavior of high strength reinforcing steel (HSRS) after high temperature exposure
Lead University: University of Texas at Arlington
Project No. 22STUTA21

Designing and Characterizing new coating materials to increase the corrosion resistance of steel reinforcement embedded in concrete
Lead University: Texas A&M University
Project No. 22STTAMU53

Technology Transfer

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