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URI Conference to Highlight Innovative Transportation Infrastructure R&D

Published on October 22, 2012


The 25th Transportation Forum "Innovative and Green Transportation Infrastructure & Systems" will be held on Friday, October 26, 2012 on the University's Kingston campus. Highlighting the event will be three keynote speeches: (1) "Innovative Transportation Infrastructure and System" Mr. Victor M. Mendez, Administrator of Federal Highway Administration for USDOT; (2) "Trends On Asphalt Paving Technology" Dr. Rebecca S. McDaniel, PE, President for Association of Asphalt Paving Technologists (AAPT), Technical Director for North Central Superpave Center, Purdue University and; (3) "Improvements on Runways of T.F. Green Airport" Mr. Peter Frazier, Interim President of Rhode Island Airport Corporation (RIAC). 

The Rhode Island Transportation Research Center (RITRC) was established in 1992 and has supported more than 125 faculty and researchers from at least 6 colleges and 22 departments to build the transportation research capacity at URI. RITRC carries out various multi-disciplinary studies mainly in the areas of intelligent transportation infrastructure and system (ITIS). The research effort covers all modes of transportation including highway (roads and bridges), transit, rail, airport, ports, bike paths, and pipelines and various transportation materials, e.g., asphalts, concretes, composites, steel, soils, and pavement marking materials. The facility contains a complete set of equipment for mixing and testing bituminous materials including Marshall, Hveem and Superpave mix design sets, and soil characterization as well as aggregate testing. There is also equipment for mixing and testing portland cement concrete and evaluating corrosion of reinforced steel and paint adhesion. In addition, RITRC contains the soil resilient modulus tester, the Superpave Indirect Tension Tester (IDT), SHRP binder test setup, Automatic Asphalt Pavement Analyzer (APA), portable Falling Weight Deflectometer (FWD) and a 25 kip servohydraulic testing system which can be used for various static and dynamic loading modes, such as resilient modulus, dynamic modulus, fatigue, flexure and creep, and Simple Performance Test (SPT). This particular system is housed in the walk-in environmental chamber, which has temperature ranges from -12° to 60°C (10° to 140°F).


Recently, RITRC has been working on establishing a Rhode Island Intelligence Road (RIIR) along RI Rte 138, and a Transportation System Analysis Lab (TSAL) in Bliss Hall. It has also been working on Green Highway Initiatives, solar energy from the asphalt pavement, and cool pavement, etc. with various agencies including the Korea Expressway Corporation (KEC).

For further information on RITRC activities, please e-mail Prof. K. Wayne Lee at leew@egr.uri.edu .

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