Development of an IDEAL Cracking Test for Asphalt Mix Design, Quality Control, and Quality Assurance

This project developed a simple, reliable, performance-based indirect tensile asphalt cracking test (IDEAL-CT) for asphalt mix design, quality control and quality assurance. The test was developed with particular attention to three critical features: repeatability, sensitivity, and a good correlation with field cracking performance. A draft AASHTO test procedure for the IDEAL-CT was developed and was also prepare in the ASTM format. The test procedure successfully passed the ASTM D04.26 Subcommittee balloting and currently is going through the last round balloting in D04 Committee on Construction. The researchers worked with three equipment manufacturers (InstroTek, Testquip, and Controls-USA (or IPC Global)) to develop standalone test machines and fixtures for the IDEAL-CT. As of now, each of them developed their own standalone test machines for the IDEAL-CT. In addition, InstroTek developed an IDEAL-CT fixture fitting for use on existing machines or loading frames. The research team also shared the data processing template with a number of state DOTs, asphalt industry, and equipment manufacturers. As a part of the implementation efforts, a video on the test method was developed and posted on the YouTube ( The test was also published in the trade magazine, Roads and Bridges ( The research team is working with the NCHRP Implementation Program in collaboration with a number of state DOTs to implement the test for mix design, quality control, and quality assurance.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $137000
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 20-30, IDEA 195

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    National Cooperative Highway Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20001

    American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO)

    444 North Capitol Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20001

    Federal Highway Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Project Managers:

    Jawed, Inam

  • Performing Organizations:

    Texas Transportation Institute

    Texas A&M University System
    3135 TAMU
    College Station, TX  United States  77843-3135
  • Principal Investigators:

    Zhou, Fujie

  • Start Date: 20180101
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20190101
  • Source Data: RiP Project 41386

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01622202
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 20-30, IDEA 195
  • Files: TRB, RiP
  • Created Date: Jan 8 2017 1:00AM