The Rigid Pavements Program focuses on issues related to concrete pavements, including the thermal coefficient and other physical properties of pavements. Research focuses on improving the durability, safety, and efficiency of pavement materials and structures within both economic and environmental constraints.
Researchers in the Rigid Pavements Program have extensive expertise in the following areas:
- fracture mechanics,
- pavement design,
- concrete tests, and
- nondestructive tests.
In addition to the vast capabilities at TTI and Texas A&M, researchers also draw on the resources of several national and international centers located in the division. Established through partnerships with private industry and other institutions, these centers focus on more specific issues in the areas of materials and pavements. These include the International Center for Aggregates Research, the By-Products Utilization and Recycling Research Center, the Center for Infrastructure Engineering, and the Center for Asphalt and Materials Chemistry.
The division has a strong working relationship with and conducts research for the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), as well as other state highway agencies. Additionally, private industry, municipalities, foundations, the National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP), the National Academy of Sciences, the U.S. Department of Transportation, and other federal agencies are research sponsors.
For More InformationDan Zollinger, Ph.D., PE
Texas A&M Transportation Institute
Texas A&M University System
Valley Park Center
402 Harvey Mitchell Parkway South
College Station, TX 77845
(979) 845-9918 x59918