Accelerated Performance Testing on the 2009 NCAT Pavement Test Track

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General Information
Study Number: TPF-5(208)
Lead Organization: Alabama Department of Transportation
Contract Start Date: May 14, 2009
Solicitation Number: 1232
Partners: Polycon Manufacturing, LLC, Cargill Deicing Technology, AL, FL, GADOT, MO, MS, NC, OK, SC, TN
Contractor(s): National Center for Asphalt Technology (NCAT)
Status: Closed
Est. Completion Date:
Contract/Other Number: ALDOT Research Project 930-754P
Last Updated: Sep 13, 2016
Contract End Date: Sep 30, 2012
Financial Summary
Contract Amount: $7,131,000.00
Total Commitments Received: $7,131,000.00
100% SP&R Approval: Approved
Contact Information
Lead Study Contact(s): Michelle Owens
owensm@dot.state.al.us
Phone: 334- 353-6940
Organization Year Commitments Technical Contact Name Funding Contact Name Contact Number Email Address
Alabama Department of Transportation 2009 $360,000.00 Jeff Brown Jeff Brown 334-353-6941 brownje@dot.state.al.us
Alabama Department of Transportation 2010 $360,000.00 Jeff Brown Jeff Brown 334-353-6941 brownje@dot.state.al.us
Alabama Department of Transportation 2011 $360,000.00 Jeff Brown Jeff Brown 334-353-6941 brownje@dot.state.al.us
Cargill Deicing Technology 2009 $55,000.00 Anthony Hensley 423-488-6884 anthony_hensley@cargill.com
Cargill Deicing Technology 2010 $55,000.00 Anthony Hensley 423-488-6884 anthony_hensley@cargill.com
Cargill Deicing Technology 2011 $55,000.00 Anthony Hensley 423-488-6884 anthony_hensley@cargill.com
Florida Department of Transportation 2009 $432,000.00 Bouzid Choubane Patti Brannon 850-414-4616 patti.brannon@dot.state.fl.us
Florida Department of Transportation 2010 $432,000.00 Bouzid Choubane Patti Brannon 850-414-4616 patti.brannon@dot.state.fl.us
Florida Department of Transportation 2011 $432,000.00 Bouzid Choubane Patti Brannon 850-414-4616 patti.brannon@dot.state.fl.us
Georgia Department of Transportation 2010 $120,000.00 Peter Wu Supriya Kamatkar 404-347-0552 skamatkar@dot.ga.gov
Georgia Department of Transportation 2011 $120,000.00 Peter Wu Supriya Kamatkar 404-347-0552 skamatkar@dot.ga.gov
Georgia Department of Transportation 2012 $120,000.00 Peter Wu Supriya Kamatkar 404-347-0552 skamatkar@dot.ga.gov
Mississippi Department of Transportation 2009 $175,000.00 Bill Barstis James Watkins 601-359-7650 jwatkins@mdot.state.ms.us
Mississippi Department of Transportation 2010 $175,000.00 Bill Barstis James Watkins 601-359-7650 jwatkins@mdot.state.ms.us
Mississippi Department of Transportation 2011 $175,000.00 Bill Barstis James Watkins 601-359-7650 jwatkins@mdot.state.ms.us
Missouri Department of Transportation 2009 $240,000.00 Dennis Bryant Jennifer Harper 573-526-3636 Jennifer.Harper@modot.mo.gov
Missouri Department of Transportation 2010 $240,000.00 Dennis Bryant Jennifer Harper 573-526-3636 Jennifer.Harper@modot.mo.gov
Missouri Department of Transportation 2011 $240,000.00 Dennis Bryant Jennifer Harper 573-526-3636 Jennifer.Harper@modot.mo.gov
North Carolina Department of Transportation 2009 $180,000.00 Mrinmay Biswas 919-508-1865 biswas@ncdot.gov
North Carolina Department of Transportation 2010 $180,000.00 Mrinmay Biswas 919-508-1865 biswas@ncdot.gov
North Carolina Department of Transportation 2011 $180,000.00 Mrinmay Biswas 919-508-1865 biswas@ncdot.gov
Oklahoma Transportation 2009 $400,000.00 Ken Hobson Ron Curb (405)420-9163 rcurb@odot.org
Oklahoma Transportation 2010 $400,000.00 Ken Hobson Ron Curb (405)420-9163 rcurb@odot.org
Oklahoma Transportation 2011 $400,000.00 Ken Hobson Ron Curb (405)420-9163 rcurb@odot.org
Polycon Manufacturing, LLC 2009 $55,000.00 James Kopf 601-898-1025 jhkpolycon@bellsouth.net
Polycon Manufacturing, LLC 2010 $55,000.00 James Kopf 601-898-1025 jhkpolycon@bellsouth.net
Polycon Manufacturing, LLC 2011 $55,000.00 James Kopf 601-898-1025 jhkpolycon@bellsouth.net
South Carolina Department of Transportation 2009 $180,000.00 Mike Sanders 803-737-6691 SandersMR@dot.state.sc.us
South Carolina Department of Transportation 2010 $180,000.00 Mike Sanders 803-737-6691 SandersMR@dot.state.sc.us
South Carolina Department of Transportation 2011 $180,000.00 Mike Sanders 803-737-6691 SandersMR@dot.state.sc.us
Tennessee Department of Transportation 2009 $180,000.00 Stephanie Vincent 615.741.2203 Stephanie.Vincent@tn.gov
Tennessee Department of Transportation 2010 $180,000.00 Stephanie Vincent 615.741.2203 Stephanie.Vincent@tn.gov
Tennessee Department of Transportation 2011 $180,000.00 Stephanie Vincent 615.741.2203 Stephanie.Vincent@tn.gov

Study Description

The NCAT Pavement Test Track was originally constructed as a result of interest and support from state Departments of Transportation (DOTs) who shared a concern for reducing and predicting distresses in their flexible pavements. The 2009 NCAT Pavement Test Track is expected to consist of an even larger structural experiment as well as more mill/inlay surface mixes, with formal research sponsorship expanded to include private sector partners. Track research sponsors have always been encouraged to choose experiments that meet their specific research needs. Individualized test sections will still be optional on the 2009 Track; however, NCAT is also encouraging sponsors to consider supporting a pre-designed six section ¿Group Experiment¿ that is intended to encompass multiple timely issues that are important to the entire pavement community.

Additional details are available at http://www.pavetrack.com or in the attachment to this solicitation.

Objectives

The primary objectives of the pooled fund project described herein will be:

1. Constructing 200 ft test sections on the existing 1.7 mile NCAT test oval that are representative of in-service roadways on the open transportation infrastructure;

2. Applying accelerated performance truck traffic in the 2 years following construction;

3. Assessing/comparing the functional and structural field performance of trafficked sections on a regular basis via surface and subsurface measures;

4. Validating the M-E approach to pavement analysis and design using both surface and subsurface measures;

5. Calibrating new and existing M-E approaches to pavement analysis and design using pavement surface condition, pavement load response, precise traffic and environmental logging, and cumulative damage;

6. Correlating field results with laboratory data; and

7. Answering practical questions posed by research sponsors through formal (i.e., reports and technical papers) and informal (e.g., one-on-one responses to sponsor inquiries) technology transfer. For example, can high RAP content mixes provide the same level of performance as virgin mixes? If so, can they be used in both deep and shallow layers? Although warm mix is better for the environment, will it provide the same level of rut and moisture damage resistance as conventional mixes?

Scope of Work

The scope of work for the pooled fund project will include:

1. Hauling materials to the project from offsite locations. Material donations are typically secured by state sponsors, while reasonable hauling expenses are handled by the pooled fund;

2. Rebuilding sections in accordance with sponsors¿ directives via competitively bid subcontracts administered by NCAT. It is anticipated that supply and grade control of subgrades and bases, aggregate hauling, liquid asphalt supply and delivery, plant production, and mix placement may all be procured via competitively bid subcontracts. In order to reduce construction costs as much as possible, surplus equipment such as dump trucks, dozers, etc. will be provided by ALDOT in exchange for prescribed monthly usage fees. Any equipment that can not be obtained from ALDOT will be rented commercially to facilitate construction;

3. Installing both environmental (i.e., multi-depth pavement temperature probes) and response instrumentation (i.e., high speed stress and strain gages) in new experimental sections;

4. Operating a 5-truck heavy triple-trailer fleet in order to apply accelerated truck traffic following the completion of construction. Actual human drivers pilot the vehicles in order to best induce representative vehicle wander;

5. Measuring field performance each week when the fleet is parked to fully document the changes in surface condition as a function of traffic and temperature. High-speed pavement response will also be measured on a weekly basis. Pavement deflection and surface friction will be measured on a monthly basis;

6. Conducting laboratory testing to quantify basic material and mix performance properties, which will serve as the basis of performance model development; and

7. Comparing predicted and measured pavement response as well as predicted and measured cumulative pavement damage in order to validate then calibrate prevailing M-E methodologies.

Comments

100% SP&R funding has been requested for this project. Each sponsor participating in the study is asked to contribute funding as a function of the scope of their selected research. The cost to participate varies as follows according to the amount of effort required:

¿ Continue traffic on existing mill/inlay section ¿ $55k / year ($165k / section)

¿ Surface treatment on existing mill/inlay section - $55k / year ($165k / section)

o Intended to provide access to project for private sector partners

o Does not include the cost of materials, construction or mitigation

o Commitment to rapid mitigation of failed experiments is required

¿ Continue traffic on existing structural section ¿ $70k / year ($210k / section)

¿ Mill/inlay surface performance section ¿ $120k / year ($360k / section)

¿ Mill/inlay structural performance section - $150k / year ($450k / section)

¿ Structural performance section ¿ $180k / year ($540k / section)

¿ Group experiment - $180k / year ($540k total assuming 6 sponsors)

o Actual amount will be less if more than 6 sponsors participate

o For example, cost will be only $72k / year ($216k total) with 15 sponsors

Funding requirements are based on reasonable assumptions; however, if project costs increase significantly (e.g., fuel) either a proportionate amount of additional funding or a modified scope of work may be required. Please visit the project web at http://www.pavetrack.com for additional information.

Note: $1,620,000 of the commitments required will be funded by Shell Global Solutions (US)Inc. and Kraton Polymers, LLC, private industry supporters of this study.

Documents Attached
Title File/Link Type Private Download
Final Report rep09-08.pdf Final Report Public
Acceptance Memo Acceptance_Memo.pdf Memorandum Public
TPF-5(208) Closeout Letter TPF-5(208) Closeout Letter - Signed.pdf Memorandum Public
TPF-5(208) Closeout funding Spreadsheet TPF-5(208) Closeout Funding Spreadsheet.pdf Other Public
Quarterly Report: April - June 2009 quarterly_report_2009-06-30.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Report: October - December 2009 quarterly_report_2009-12-31.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Report: January - March 2010 TPF-5(208)_Qtrly_Report_3312010.PDF Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Report: April - June 2010 TPF-5(208)QtrlyReport6302010.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Report: October - December 2010 TPF930-754POct12010-Dec 312010.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Report: January - March 2011 TPF-5(208)_Qtrly ReportJan-March2011.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Report: April - June 2011 TPF-5(208)_Qtrly_Report_6302011.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Report: July - September 2011 TPF-5(208) Quarterly Report July - Sept. 2011.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Progress Report: January - March 2012 TPF Quarterly Report 2009 Track 120331.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Progress Report: April - June 2012 2nd Qtr (April 1 - June 30, 2012) TPF-5(208).pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Final Quarterly Progress Report: July 1, 2012 - September 30, 2012 rep12-10.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public

Accelerated Performance Testing on the 2009 NCAT Pavement Test Track

General Information
Study Number: TPF-5(208)
Lead Organization: Alabama Department of Transportation
Contract Start Date: May 14, 2009
Solicitation Number: 1232
Partners: Polycon Manufacturing, LLC, Cargill Deicing Technology, AL, FL, GADOT, MO, MS, NC, OK, SC, TN
Contractor(s): National Center for Asphalt Technology (NCAT)
Status: Closed
Est. Completion Date:
Contract/Other Number: ALDOT Research Project 930-754P
Last Updated: Sep 13, 2016
Contract End Date: Sep 30, 2012
Financial Summary
Contract Amount: $7,131,000.00
Total Commitments Received: $7,131,000.00
100% SP&R Approval:
Contact Information
Lead Study Contact(s): Michelle Owens
owensm@dot.state.al.us
Phone: 334- 353-6940
Commitments by Organizations
Organization Year Commitments Technical Contact Name Funding Contact Name Contact Number Email Address
Alabama Department of Transportation 2009 $360,000.00 Jeff Brown Jeff Brown 334-353-6941 brownje@dot.state.al.us
Alabama Department of Transportation 2010 $360,000.00 Jeff Brown Jeff Brown 334-353-6941 brownje@dot.state.al.us
Alabama Department of Transportation 2011 $360,000.00 Jeff Brown Jeff Brown 334-353-6941 brownje@dot.state.al.us
Cargill Deicing Technology 2009 $55,000.00 Anthony Hensley 423-488-6884 anthony_hensley@cargill.com
Cargill Deicing Technology 2010 $55,000.00 Anthony Hensley 423-488-6884 anthony_hensley@cargill.com
Cargill Deicing Technology 2011 $55,000.00 Anthony Hensley 423-488-6884 anthony_hensley@cargill.com
Florida Department of Transportation 2009 $432,000.00 Bouzid Choubane Patti Brannon 850-414-4616 patti.brannon@dot.state.fl.us
Florida Department of Transportation 2010 $432,000.00 Bouzid Choubane Patti Brannon 850-414-4616 patti.brannon@dot.state.fl.us
Florida Department of Transportation 2011 $432,000.00 Bouzid Choubane Patti Brannon 850-414-4616 patti.brannon@dot.state.fl.us
Georgia Department of Transportation 2010 $120,000.00 Peter Wu Supriya Kamatkar 404-347-0552 skamatkar@dot.ga.gov
Georgia Department of Transportation 2011 $120,000.00 Peter Wu Supriya Kamatkar 404-347-0552 skamatkar@dot.ga.gov
Georgia Department of Transportation 2012 $120,000.00 Peter Wu Supriya Kamatkar 404-347-0552 skamatkar@dot.ga.gov
Mississippi Department of Transportation 2009 $175,000.00 Bill Barstis James Watkins 601-359-7650 jwatkins@mdot.state.ms.us
Mississippi Department of Transportation 2010 $175,000.00 Bill Barstis James Watkins 601-359-7650 jwatkins@mdot.state.ms.us
Mississippi Department of Transportation 2011 $175,000.00 Bill Barstis James Watkins 601-359-7650 jwatkins@mdot.state.ms.us
Missouri Department of Transportation 2009 $240,000.00 Dennis Bryant Jennifer Harper 573-526-3636 Jennifer.Harper@modot.mo.gov
Missouri Department of Transportation 2010 $240,000.00 Dennis Bryant Jennifer Harper 573-526-3636 Jennifer.Harper@modot.mo.gov
Missouri Department of Transportation 2011 $240,000.00 Dennis Bryant Jennifer Harper 573-526-3636 Jennifer.Harper@modot.mo.gov
North Carolina Department of Transportation 2009 $180,000.00 Mrinmay Biswas 919-508-1865 biswas@ncdot.gov
North Carolina Department of Transportation 2010 $180,000.00 Mrinmay Biswas 919-508-1865 biswas@ncdot.gov
North Carolina Department of Transportation 2011 $180,000.00 Mrinmay Biswas 919-508-1865 biswas@ncdot.gov
Oklahoma Transportation 2009 $400,000.00 Ken Hobson Ron Curb (405)420-9163 rcurb@odot.org
Oklahoma Transportation 2010 $400,000.00 Ken Hobson Ron Curb (405)420-9163 rcurb@odot.org
Oklahoma Transportation 2011 $400,000.00 Ken Hobson Ron Curb (405)420-9163 rcurb@odot.org
Polycon Manufacturing, LLC 2009 $55,000.00 James Kopf 601-898-1025 jhkpolycon@bellsouth.net
Polycon Manufacturing, LLC 2010 $55,000.00 James Kopf 601-898-1025 jhkpolycon@bellsouth.net
Polycon Manufacturing, LLC 2011 $55,000.00 James Kopf 601-898-1025 jhkpolycon@bellsouth.net
South Carolina Department of Transportation 2009 $180,000.00 Mike Sanders 803-737-6691 SandersMR@dot.state.sc.us
South Carolina Department of Transportation 2010 $180,000.00 Mike Sanders 803-737-6691 SandersMR@dot.state.sc.us
South Carolina Department of Transportation 2011 $180,000.00 Mike Sanders 803-737-6691 SandersMR@dot.state.sc.us
Tennessee Department of Transportation 2009 $180,000.00 Stephanie Vincent 615.741.2203 Stephanie.Vincent@tn.gov
Tennessee Department of Transportation 2010 $180,000.00 Stephanie Vincent 615.741.2203 Stephanie.Vincent@tn.gov
Tennessee Department of Transportation 2011 $180,000.00 Stephanie Vincent 615.741.2203 Stephanie.Vincent@tn.gov

Study Description

Study Description

The NCAT Pavement Test Track was originally constructed as a result of interest and support from state Departments of Transportation (DOTs) who shared a concern for reducing and predicting distresses in their flexible pavements. The 2009 NCAT Pavement Test Track is expected to consist of an even larger structural experiment as well as more mill/inlay surface mixes, with formal research sponsorship expanded to include private sector partners. Track research sponsors have always been encouraged to choose experiments that meet their specific research needs. Individualized test sections will still be optional on the 2009 Track; however, NCAT is also encouraging sponsors to consider supporting a pre-designed six section ¿Group Experiment¿ that is intended to encompass multiple timely issues that are important to the entire pavement community.

Additional details are available at http://www.pavetrack.com or in the attachment to this solicitation.

Objectives

The primary objectives of the pooled fund project described herein will be:

1. Constructing 200 ft test sections on the existing 1.7 mile NCAT test oval that are representative of in-service roadways on the open transportation infrastructure;

2. Applying accelerated performance truck traffic in the 2 years following construction;

3. Assessing/comparing the functional and structural field performance of trafficked sections on a regular basis via surface and subsurface measures;

4. Validating the M-E approach to pavement analysis and design using both surface and subsurface measures;

5. Calibrating new and existing M-E approaches to pavement analysis and design using pavement surface condition, pavement load response, precise traffic and environmental logging, and cumulative damage;

6. Correlating field results with laboratory data; and

7. Answering practical questions posed by research sponsors through formal (i.e., reports and technical papers) and informal (e.g., one-on-one responses to sponsor inquiries) technology transfer. For example, can high RAP content mixes provide the same level of performance as virgin mixes? If so, can they be used in both deep and shallow layers? Although warm mix is better for the environment, will it provide the same level of rut and moisture damage resistance as conventional mixes?

Scope of Work

The scope of work for the pooled fund project will include:

1. Hauling materials to the project from offsite locations. Material donations are typically secured by state sponsors, while reasonable hauling expenses are handled by the pooled fund;

2. Rebuilding sections in accordance with sponsors¿ directives via competitively bid subcontracts administered by NCAT. It is anticipated that supply and grade control of subgrades and bases, aggregate hauling, liquid asphalt supply and delivery, plant production, and mix placement may all be procured via competitively bid subcontracts. In order to reduce construction costs as much as possible, surplus equipment such as dump trucks, dozers, etc. will be provided by ALDOT in exchange for prescribed monthly usage fees. Any equipment that can not be obtained from ALDOT will be rented commercially to facilitate construction;

3. Installing both environmental (i.e., multi-depth pavement temperature probes) and response instrumentation (i.e., high speed stress and strain gages) in new experimental sections;

4. Operating a 5-truck heavy triple-trailer fleet in order to apply accelerated truck traffic following the completion of construction. Actual human drivers pilot the vehicles in order to best induce representative vehicle wander;

5. Measuring field performance each week when the fleet is parked to fully document the changes in surface condition as a function of traffic and temperature. High-speed pavement response will also be measured on a weekly basis. Pavement deflection and surface friction will be measured on a monthly basis;

6. Conducting laboratory testing to quantify basic material and mix performance properties, which will serve as the basis of performance model development; and

7. Comparing predicted and measured pavement response as well as predicted and measured cumulative pavement damage in order to validate then calibrate prevailing M-E methodologies.

Comments

100% SP&R funding has been requested for this project. Each sponsor participating in the study is asked to contribute funding as a function of the scope of their selected research. The cost to participate varies as follows according to the amount of effort required:

¿ Continue traffic on existing mill/inlay section ¿ $55k / year ($165k / section)

¿ Surface treatment on existing mill/inlay section - $55k / year ($165k / section)

o Intended to provide access to project for private sector partners

o Does not include the cost of materials, construction or mitigation

o Commitment to rapid mitigation of failed experiments is required

¿ Continue traffic on existing structural section ¿ $70k / year ($210k / section)

¿ Mill/inlay surface performance section ¿ $120k / year ($360k / section)

¿ Mill/inlay structural performance section - $150k / year ($450k / section)

¿ Structural performance section ¿ $180k / year ($540k / section)

¿ Group experiment - $180k / year ($540k total assuming 6 sponsors)

o Actual amount will be less if more than 6 sponsors participate

o For example, cost will be only $72k / year ($216k total) with 15 sponsors

Funding requirements are based on reasonable assumptions; however, if project costs increase significantly (e.g., fuel) either a proportionate amount of additional funding or a modified scope of work may be required. Please visit the project web at http://www.pavetrack.com for additional information.

Note: $1,620,000 of the commitments required will be funded by Shell Global Solutions (US)Inc. and Kraton Polymers, LLC, private industry supporters of this study.

Title File/Link Type Private
Final Report rep09-08.pdf Final Report Public
Acceptance Memo Acceptance_Memo.pdf Memorandum Public
TPF-5(208) Closeout Letter TPF-5(208) Closeout Letter - Signed.pdf Memorandum Public
TPF-5(208) Closeout funding Spreadsheet TPF-5(208) Closeout Funding Spreadsheet.pdf Other Public
Quarterly Report: April - June 2009 quarterly_report_2009-06-30.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Report: October - December 2009 quarterly_report_2009-12-31.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Report: January - March 2010 TPF-5(208)_Qtrly_Report_3312010.PDF Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Report: April - June 2010 TPF-5(208)QtrlyReport6302010.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Report: October - December 2010 TPF930-754POct12010-Dec 312010.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Report: January - March 2011 TPF-5(208)_Qtrly ReportJan-March2011.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Report: April - June 2011 TPF-5(208)_Qtrly_Report_6302011.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Report: July - September 2011 TPF-5(208) Quarterly Report July - Sept. 2011.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Progress Report: January - March 2012 TPF Quarterly Report 2009 Track 120331.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Progress Report: April - June 2012 2nd Qtr (April 1 - June 30, 2012) TPF-5(208).pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Final Quarterly Progress Report: July 1, 2012 - September 30, 2012 rep12-10.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public

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