University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Civil Engineering Professor Walaa S. Mogawer, P.E., and his team of researchers at the Advanced Technology and Manufacturing Center in Fall River have been awarded a $365,000 grant to design and evaluate hot mix asphalt pavement mixes to identify the best materials to preserve roadways.
"The goal of the project is to help taxpayers realize a huge cost savings by preserving the roads and making them safer to use," said Mogawer. "It is essential that we increase the service lives of roads before they deteriorate."
The State Departments of Transportation for Massachusetts, New York, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Connecticut and Rhode Island are funding the two-year project. The work will be done at the Pavement Research Institute of Southeastern Massachusetts (PRISM), located at the ATMC.
Dr. Mogawer explained that several polymer modified liquid asphalts would be used in the process and tested with state-of-the-art equipment located at the newly-named institute. Each mix will be evaluated for its performance in terms of surface friction, cracking resistance and fatigue life.
Dr. Jo Sias Daniel of the University of New Hampshire, Alexander Austerman, research engineer at PRISM, and undergraduate and graduate civil and environmental engineering students will assist Mogawer.
"What's especially exciting is that six states have signed on to work with us and they approached the university. That says a great deal about PRISM and UMass Dartmouth's abilities in this field," Mogawer said.
For more information, call 508-910-9805 or visit http://www.umassd.edu/engineering/cen/materials