Pavement Materials and Structures - Coleri Research Group
The major objective of Coleri Research Group is to develop methods and technologies to construct transportation infrastructure that is more cost effective, socially beneficial, and does less damage to the environment. It is becoming increasingly apparent that in order to achieve a sustainable transportation network, pavements should be designed by considering not only long-term performance, but also energy efficiency and environmental impacts.
The Pavement Materials and Structures Laboratory is equipped to conduct modeling and testing in several areas of pavement technology including asphalt binder and mixture characterization, aggregate characterization, asphalt mix and structural design, concrete materials testing, and concrete pavement design. Research conducted at the Pavement Materials and Structures lab encourages the use of more sustainable pavement materials, such as permeable pavements, rubber asphalt, warm-mix asphalt technologies, recycled asphalt pavements, recycled concrete, and alternative cement binders. The lab is also equipped with computational modeling tools to investigate possible applications of pavement design strategies that can have a considerable impact on fuel consumption, vehicle maintenance costs, greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and lifecycle costs. The laboratory enables researchers to develop research programs to study pavement materials at both the applied and basic research levels.