Utilization of Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy (LIBS) for Real-Time Testing and Quality Control Monitoring of Aggregate Materials used in Highway Construction

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General Information
Study Number: TPF-5(364)
Lead Organization: Kansas Department of Transportation
Contract Start Date: Jul 31, 2017
Solicitation Number: 1428
Partners: KS, MDOT SHA, NM, NY, OH, OK
Contractor(s): Kansas Department of Transportation
Status: Closed
Est. Completion Date: Dec 31, 2020
Contract/Other Number:
Last Updated: Nov 14, 2022
Contract End Date: Jun 30, 2022
Financial Summary
Contract Amount: $870,000.00
Total Commitments Received: $870,000.00
100% SP&R Approval: Approved
Contact Information
Lead Study Contact(s): David Behzadpour
David.Behzadpour@ks.gov
Phone: 785-291-3847
FHWA Technical Liaison(s): Richard Meininger
Richard.Meininger@dot.gov
Phone: 202-493-3191
Study Champion(s): Hallie Bruce
hallie.bruce@ks.gov
Phone: 785-296-3922
Organization Year Commitments Technical Contact Name Funding Contact Name Contact Number Email Address
Kansas Department of Transportation 2016 $48,000.00 Randy Billinger David Behzadpour 785-291-3847 David.Behzadpour@ks.gov
Kansas Department of Transportation 2017 $48,000.00 Randy Billinger David Behzadpour 785-291-3847 David.Behzadpour@ks.gov
Kansas Department of Transportation 2018 $48,000.00 Randy Billinger David Behzadpour 785-291-3847 David.Behzadpour@ks.gov
Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration 2017 $150,000.00 Dan Sajedi Sharon Hawkins 410-545-2920 shawkins2@mdot.maryland.gov
New Mexico Department of Transportation 2017 $48,000.00 Deirdre Billingsley Deirdre Billingsley 505-841-9147 Deirdre.Billingsley@state.nm.us
New Mexico Department of Transportation 2018 $48,000.00 Deirdre Billingsley Deirdre Billingsley 505-841-9147 Deirdre.Billingsley@state.nm.us
New Mexico Department of Transportation 2019 $48,000.00 Deirdre Billingsley Deirdre Billingsley 505-841-9147 Deirdre.Billingsley@state.nm.us
New York State Department of Transportation 2017 $48,000.00 Thomas Festa Wes Yang 518-457-4660 wes.yang@dot.ny.gov
New York State Department of Transportation 2018 $48,000.00 Thomas Festa Wes Yang 518-457-4660 wes.yang@dot.ny.gov
New York State Department of Transportation 2019 $48,000.00 Thomas Festa Wes Yang 518-457-4660 wes.yang@dot.ny.gov
Ohio Department of Transportation 2016 $0.00 Mickey Cronin General Research 614-644-8135 Research@dot.state.oh.us
Ohio Department of Transportation 2017 $48,000.00 Mickey Cronin General Research 614-644-8135 Research@dot.state.oh.us
Ohio Department of Transportation 2018 $48,000.00 Mickey Cronin General Research 614-644-8135 Research@dot.state.oh.us
Ohio Department of Transportation 2019 $48,000.00 Mickey Cronin General Research 614-644-8135 Research@dot.state.oh.us
Oklahoma Transportation 2018 $96,000.00 Kenny Seward Ron Curb (405)420-9163 rcurb@odot.org
Oklahoma Transportation 2019 $48,000.00 Kenny Seward Ron Curb (405)420-9163 rcurb@odot.org

Study Description

The need for upgrading aggregate quality control (QC) test methods in the highway construction industry has been apparent for many years. Many of the current aggregate QC test methods are time consuming, highly inefficient and provide considerable risk to the hot mix asphalt and Portland cement concrete production industry. Hot mix asphalt and Portland cement concrete suppliers generally produce and laydown final pavement products prior to receiving quality control testing results. The ramifications of test failures after the pavement is in-place is financially and administratively burdensome to the producers, contractors and the transportation agencies charged with ensuring that funds to construct and maintain the highway infrastructure are used efficiently. QC issues in the industry are further aggravated by the poor precision associated with many of the sampling and acceptance tests employed by the industry and the skill of technicians conducting such tests. The proposed TPF Phase II continues and finalizes the pooled funded laser scanning research investigation (TPF 5[278]) that began on June 1, 2013 with five participating State Agencies: KS, NY, OH, OK, and PA and allows aggregate testing to additional State Agencies wanting to take part in this study. This solicitation continues the work and success of the NCHRP 150 Proof of Concept Study, the NCHRP 168 prototype development and the current TPF-5(278) which has shown the potential and success of this technology. Reports from these studies are included in the Documents Section.

Objectives

The overall objective is to upgrade QC/QA in the industry by developing a real-time laser scanning system to rapidly classify aggregates used in highway construction. The intent is to employ this classification process to • Quantify specific engineering properties (e.g., specific gravity, acid insoluble residue, Microdeval loss, etc.), • Assess whether an aggregate source will pass or fail a defined engineering property test, • Identify and/or quantify the presence of deleterious materials (e.g., reactive aggregates, cherts, etc.), • Determine whether aggregate composition or quality is changing during production, and • Determine the source material or sources of blended production materials. An aggregate laser scanning system has the potential to be employed in private and government material testing laboratories, where laser scanning of aggregate samples can be undertaken, providing multiple engineering parametric results in near real time.

Scope of Work

Scope of Work: The scope of work includes continued development of the laser scanning system, data analysis software and an expanded testing effort to enlarge the database with the current participating Agencies and the addition of new State Agencies. The anticipated tasks in this effort are: 1. Sample Collection, Scanning and Modeling of Test Parameters: Aggregate samples along with laboratory testing results shall be supplied by participating Agencies for laser scanning and modeling activities. Aggregates will be fingerprinted and engineering property prediction models created as specified by each Agency. 2. Hardware, Software and Data Handling, and Modeling Modifications: Methods for improving material flow, laser focusing, data processing, data modeling will be incorporated into the effort as needed to improve spectral output resolution and improve model prediction. 3. AASHTO Standard of Practice: Work on the preparation (in coordination with the AASHTO Subcommittee on Materials Testing) of a Standard Test Method for using a laser scanning system as an aggregate testing method. A draft of this practice was prepared as part of the NCHRP 168 final report. 4. Project Management, Reporting and Annual Review Meetings The Principal Investigator shall coordinate all technical and administrative activities amongst the Participating Agencies and the Research Team. One representative from each participating Agency will be designated the Agency Project “Representative”. Travel for annual review and planning meetings is provided (up to $2000 per year per agency) by the project funding. 5. Technology Transfer Meeting: Each state shall have the option of scheduling a Technology Transfer Seminar at a designated in-state location for State DOT staff, University Staff and Student Training to be presented by the Research Team personnel.

Comments

We are looking for seven Partners to contribute $48,000/ year for three years. 100% SPR Funds have been requested

Documents Attached
Title File/Link Type Privacy Download
Financial Spreadsheet TPF-5(364) _Close Out Funding Spreadsheet for FHWA.xlsx Other Public
Closeout Memo State Led Closeout Memo TPF-5(364) signed.pdf Memorandum Public
Final Report Final report-TPF-5(364).pdf Final Report Public
Quarterly report March 2022 TPF 5(364) Standard Quarterly Report March 2022.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Report December 2021 TPF 5(364) Standard Quarterly Report Dec 2021.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Report June 2021 TPF 5(364) Standard Quarterly Report June 2021.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Report March 2021 TPF 5(364) Standard Quarterly Report March 2021.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Report December 2020 TPF 5(364) Standard Quarterly Report December 2020 (002).pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Report September 2020 TPF 5(364) Standard Quarterly Report September 2020.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Report June 2020 TPF 5(364) Standard Quarterly Report June 2020.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Report March 2020 TPF 5(364) Standard Quarterly Report Mar 2020.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Report December 2019 TPF 5(364) Standard Quarterly Report Dec 2019.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Report September 2019 TPF 5(364) Standard Quarterly Report Sept 2019.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Report June 2019 Quarterly Report June 2019.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Report March 2019 Quarterly Report March 2019.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Report Dec 2018 TPF 5(364) Standard Quarterly Report Dec 2018.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Report Sept 2018 TPF 5(364) Standard Quarterly Report Sept 2018.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Report June 2018 TPF 5(364) Standard Quarterly Report June 2018.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Report March 2018 TPF 5(364) Standard Quarterly Report Mar 2018.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Report Dec 2017 TPF Standard Quarterly Report Dec 2017.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Report Sept 2017 TPF Standard Quarterly Report Sept 2017.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Acceptance Letter TPF-5(364) Acceptance Letter.pdf Other Public
Approve Waiver Approval of SP&R Waiver Pooled Fund Solicitation #1428.pdf Memorandum Public
Waiver Request Waiver Request Letter - #1428.pdf Other Public
Documents Attached
Title File/Link Type Privacy Download
SPR Approval letter Approval of SPR Waiver Pooled Fund Solicitation #1428.pdf Other Public
NCHRP 168 Final Report NCHRP168_Final_Report.pdf Other Public
NCHRP 150 Final Report NCHRP150_Final_Report.pdf Other Public
Solicitation Detail TPF Utilizaion of Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy Solicitation - feb 2016.docx Solicitation Public

Utilization of Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy (LIBS) for Real-Time Testing and Quality Control Monitoring of Aggregate Materials used in Highway Construction

General Information
Study Number: TPF-5(364)
Lead Organization: Kansas Department of Transportation
Contract Start Date: Jul 31, 2017
Solicitation Number: 1428
Partners: KS, MDOT SHA, NM, NY, OH, OK
Contractor(s): Kansas Department of Transportation
Status: Closed
Est. Completion Date: Dec 31, 2020
Contract/Other Number:
Last Updated: Nov 14, 2022
Contract End Date: Jun 30, 2022
Financial Summary
Contract Amount: $870,000.00
Total Commitments Received: $870,000.00
100% SP&R Approval:
Contact Information
Lead Study Contact(s): David Behzadpour
David.Behzadpour@ks.gov
Phone: 785-291-3847
FHWA Technical Liaison(s): Richard Meininger
Richard.Meininger@dot.gov
Phone: 202-493-3191
Commitments by Organizations
Organization Year Commitments Technical Contact Name Funding Contact Name Contact Number Email Address
Kansas Department of Transportation 2016 $48,000.00 Randy Billinger David Behzadpour 785-291-3847 David.Behzadpour@ks.gov
Kansas Department of Transportation 2017 $48,000.00 Randy Billinger David Behzadpour 785-291-3847 David.Behzadpour@ks.gov
Kansas Department of Transportation 2018 $48,000.00 Randy Billinger David Behzadpour 785-291-3847 David.Behzadpour@ks.gov
Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration 2017 $150,000.00 Dan Sajedi Sharon Hawkins 410-545-2920 shawkins2@mdot.maryland.gov
New Mexico Department of Transportation 2017 $48,000.00 Deirdre Billingsley Deirdre Billingsley 505-841-9147 Deirdre.Billingsley@state.nm.us
New Mexico Department of Transportation 2018 $48,000.00 Deirdre Billingsley Deirdre Billingsley 505-841-9147 Deirdre.Billingsley@state.nm.us
New Mexico Department of Transportation 2019 $48,000.00 Deirdre Billingsley Deirdre Billingsley 505-841-9147 Deirdre.Billingsley@state.nm.us
New York State Department of Transportation 2017 $48,000.00 Thomas Festa Wes Yang 518-457-4660 wes.yang@dot.ny.gov
New York State Department of Transportation 2018 $48,000.00 Thomas Festa Wes Yang 518-457-4660 wes.yang@dot.ny.gov
New York State Department of Transportation 2019 $48,000.00 Thomas Festa Wes Yang 518-457-4660 wes.yang@dot.ny.gov
Ohio Department of Transportation 2016 $0.00 Mickey Cronin General Research 614-644-8135 Research@dot.state.oh.us
Ohio Department of Transportation 2017 $48,000.00 Mickey Cronin General Research 614-644-8135 Research@dot.state.oh.us
Ohio Department of Transportation 2018 $48,000.00 Mickey Cronin General Research 614-644-8135 Research@dot.state.oh.us
Ohio Department of Transportation 2019 $48,000.00 Mickey Cronin General Research 614-644-8135 Research@dot.state.oh.us
Oklahoma Transportation 2018 $96,000.00 Kenny Seward Ron Curb (405)420-9163 rcurb@odot.org
Oklahoma Transportation 2019 $48,000.00 Kenny Seward Ron Curb (405)420-9163 rcurb@odot.org

Study Description

Study Description

The need for upgrading aggregate quality control (QC) test methods in the highway construction industry has been apparent for many years. Many of the current aggregate QC test methods are time consuming, highly inefficient and provide considerable risk to the hot mix asphalt and Portland cement concrete production industry. Hot mix asphalt and Portland cement concrete suppliers generally produce and laydown final pavement products prior to receiving quality control testing results. The ramifications of test failures after the pavement is in-place is financially and administratively burdensome to the producers, contractors and the transportation agencies charged with ensuring that funds to construct and maintain the highway infrastructure are used efficiently. QC issues in the industry are further aggravated by the poor precision associated with many of the sampling and acceptance tests employed by the industry and the skill of technicians conducting such tests. The proposed TPF Phase II continues and finalizes the pooled funded laser scanning research investigation (TPF 5[278]) that began on June 1, 2013 with five participating State Agencies: KS, NY, OH, OK, and PA and allows aggregate testing to additional State Agencies wanting to take part in this study. This solicitation continues the work and success of the NCHRP 150 Proof of Concept Study, the NCHRP 168 prototype development and the current TPF-5(278) which has shown the potential and success of this technology. Reports from these studies are included in the Documents Section.

Objectives

The overall objective is to upgrade QC/QA in the industry by developing a real-time laser scanning system to rapidly classify aggregates used in highway construction. The intent is to employ this classification process to • Quantify specific engineering properties (e.g., specific gravity, acid insoluble residue, Microdeval loss, etc.), • Assess whether an aggregate source will pass or fail a defined engineering property test, • Identify and/or quantify the presence of deleterious materials (e.g., reactive aggregates, cherts, etc.), • Determine whether aggregate composition or quality is changing during production, and • Determine the source material or sources of blended production materials. An aggregate laser scanning system has the potential to be employed in private and government material testing laboratories, where laser scanning of aggregate samples can be undertaken, providing multiple engineering parametric results in near real time.

Scope of Work

Scope of Work: The scope of work includes continued development of the laser scanning system, data analysis software and an expanded testing effort to enlarge the database with the current participating Agencies and the addition of new State Agencies. The anticipated tasks in this effort are: 1. Sample Collection, Scanning and Modeling of Test Parameters: Aggregate samples along with laboratory testing results shall be supplied by participating Agencies for laser scanning and modeling activities. Aggregates will be fingerprinted and engineering property prediction models created as specified by each Agency. 2. Hardware, Software and Data Handling, and Modeling Modifications: Methods for improving material flow, laser focusing, data processing, data modeling will be incorporated into the effort as needed to improve spectral output resolution and improve model prediction. 3. AASHTO Standard of Practice: Work on the preparation (in coordination with the AASHTO Subcommittee on Materials Testing) of a Standard Test Method for using a laser scanning system as an aggregate testing method. A draft of this practice was prepared as part of the NCHRP 168 final report. 4. Project Management, Reporting and Annual Review Meetings The Principal Investigator shall coordinate all technical and administrative activities amongst the Participating Agencies and the Research Team. One representative from each participating Agency will be designated the Agency Project “Representative”. Travel for annual review and planning meetings is provided (up to $2000 per year per agency) by the project funding. 5. Technology Transfer Meeting: Each state shall have the option of scheduling a Technology Transfer Seminar at a designated in-state location for State DOT staff, University Staff and Student Training to be presented by the Research Team personnel.

Comments

We are looking for seven Partners to contribute $48,000/ year for three years. 100% SPR Funds have been requested

Title File/Link Type Private
Final Report Final report-TPF-5(364).pdf Final Report Public
Approve Waiver Approval of SP&R Waiver Pooled Fund Solicitation #1428.pdf Memorandum Public
Closeout Memo State Led Closeout Memo TPF-5(364) signed.pdf Memorandum Public
Waiver Request Waiver Request Letter - #1428.pdf Other Public
Acceptance Letter TPF-5(364) Acceptance Letter.pdf Other Public
Financial Spreadsheet TPF-5(364) _Close Out Funding Spreadsheet for FHWA.xlsx Other Public
Quarterly Report Sept 2017 TPF Standard Quarterly Report Sept 2017.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Report Dec 2017 TPF Standard Quarterly Report Dec 2017.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Report March 2018 TPF 5(364) Standard Quarterly Report Mar 2018.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Report June 2018 TPF 5(364) Standard Quarterly Report June 2018.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Report Sept 2018 TPF 5(364) Standard Quarterly Report Sept 2018.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Report Dec 2018 TPF 5(364) Standard Quarterly Report Dec 2018.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Report March 2019 Quarterly Report March 2019.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Report June 2019 Quarterly Report June 2019.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Report September 2019 TPF 5(364) Standard Quarterly Report Sept 2019.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Report December 2019 TPF 5(364) Standard Quarterly Report Dec 2019.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Report March 2020 TPF 5(364) Standard Quarterly Report Mar 2020.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Report June 2020 TPF 5(364) Standard Quarterly Report June 2020.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Report September 2020 TPF 5(364) Standard Quarterly Report September 2020.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Report December 2020 TPF 5(364) Standard Quarterly Report December 2020 (002).pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Report March 2021 TPF 5(364) Standard Quarterly Report March 2021.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Report June 2021 TPF 5(364) Standard Quarterly Report June 2021.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Report December 2021 TPF 5(364) Standard Quarterly Report Dec 2021.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly report March 2022 TPF 5(364) Standard Quarterly Report March 2022.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Title File/Link Type Private
NCHRP 150 Final Report NCHRP150_Final_Report.pdf Other Public
NCHRP 168 Final Report NCHRP168_Final_Report.pdf Other Public
SPR Approval letter Approval of SPR Waiver Pooled Fund Solicitation #1428.pdf Other Public
Solicitation Detail TPF Utilizaion of Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy Solicitation - feb 2016.docx Solicitation Public

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