A Novel Durable, Healable and Conveniently Removable Pavement Marking Material Suitable for Both Permanent and Temporary Marking Uses

This project will develop and test an epoxy vitrimer-based new pavement marking material that would be durable and self-repairable as well as, when needed, easily removable from the pavement without using any forceful or harsh measures. Work in Stage 1 of the project will focus on the synthesis and characterization of the vitrimer epoxy and initial pavement marking material formulations. A series of vitrimer epoxy samples will be synthesized under different conditions and their properties (such as mechanical, rheological and thermal properties, etc.) systematically evaluated. Based on the results, the synthesis conditions will be optimized for pavement marking use. The optimized vitrimer epoxy will be mixed with other ingredients (pigments, fillers, etc.) at different ratios and conditions to produce a series of pavement marking products and their performance evaluated under laboratory conditions. Formulations with desirable properties will be identified. Stage 2 work will focus on field testing, cost and market analysis, product knowledge dissemination and implementation. The potential products identified from Stage 1 investigation, will be first field tested on the North Dakota State University’s ground. Based on test results, selected products will be further tested at MnROAD I-94 testing facility. Life-cycle cost analysis will be performed based on the final product formulations. Market information will be gathered from internet, DOT personnel and industrial partners, and a life-cycle analysis will be performed on the collected data. Knowledge of the new product will be disseminated through face-to-face interactions, meetings, Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute platforms, social media, publications and webinars. The new marking material will be installed in a real project on the NDSU campus.. The final report will provide all relevant processes, data, findings, and conclusions along with the procedures for marking installation and removal.


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  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $129999
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 20-30, IDEA 219

  • 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:

    North Dakota State University

  • Principal Investigators:

    Jiang, Long

  • Start Date: 20191021
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 0

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01719637
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 20-30, IDEA 219
  • Files: TRB, RIP
  • Created Date: Oct 22 2019 8:01AM