Demonstration and Purchase of PG Binder Testing Equipment

To help expedite the implementation of the Superpave methods in the mid-1990's, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) conducted a Pooled Fund project that allowed state transportation agencies to purchase shares in this Pooled Fund. Each share provided the state transportation agency with one full set of Superpave test equipment - both for the asphalt binder and the hot mix asphalt (HMA). The pooling of funds gave the states greater purchasing power that resulted lower costs as compared to states purchasing the equipment individually. The majority of the equipment that was purchased under the Pooled Fund was for testing of asphalt binder in accordance with the Performance Grading (PG) system. The binder testing equipment is highly sophisticated and contains sensitive electronics for making the necessary measurements. As most of this equipment has been in service for approximately 15 years, it is nearing the end of its service life and manufacturers are no longer carrying repair parts. With the advent of new test methods such as the Multiple Stress Creep Recovery Test, older direct-shear (DSR) equipment is either not able to run these tests or the results are suspect because of the limitations of the older equipment. States must replace this equipment in order to adopt these new and improved test methods. The objective of this project is to conduct a Pooled Fund project similar to the one conducted earlier by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), here in the northeastern part of the country. In Phase 1, researchers will arrange for participating state departments of transportation (DOTs) a demonstration of lab equipment options for performance grade (PG) binder testing. Then in a second phase, CAP Lab will facilitate a pooled-fund purchase of asphalt-binder laboratory test equipment for interested states DOTs.


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  • Status: Completed
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  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Massachusetts Department of Transportation

    10 Park Plaza
    Boston, MA  United States  02116

    New York State Department of Transportation

    50 Wolf Road
    Albany, NY  United States  12232

    Rhode Island Department of Transportation

    Two Capitol Hill
    Providence, RI  United States  02903-1124

    Vermont Agency of Transportation

    1 National Life Drive
    Drawer 33
    Montpelier, VT  United States  05633

    New Hampshire Department of Transportation

    John O. Morton Building
    P.O. Box 483
    Concord, NH  United States  03302-0483

    Maine Department of Transportation

    16 Statehouse Station
    Augusta, ME  United States  04333

    Connecticut Department of Transportation

    2800 Berlin Turnpike
    Newington, CT  United States  06131

    Oklahoma Department of Transportation

    200 NE 21st Street
    Oklahoma City, OK  United States  73105
  • Project Managers:

    Fallon, James

  • Performing Organizations:

    University of Connecticut, Storrs

    Storrs, CT  United States  06268-5202
  • Principal Investigators:

    Mahoney, James

  • Start Date: 20110201
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20130630
  • Source Data: RiP Project 29816

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01566748
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Federal Highway Administration
  • Contract Numbers: TPF-5(236)
  • Files: RiP, STATEDOT
  • Created Date: Jun 22 2015 1:00AM