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Predicting damage in concrete due to expansive aggregates : modeling to enable sustainable material design

Description: "A poroelastic model is developed that can predict stress and strain distributions and, thus, ostensibly damage likelihood in concrete under freezing conditions caused by aggregates with undesirable combinations of geometry and constitutive properties.Sensitivity of the stress distributions to the aggregate and matrix constitutive parameters are assessed to allow improved concrete design."
Date: April 2012
Creator: Grasley, Zachary Charles & Rahman, Syeda

The design of a comprehensive microsimulator of household vehicle fleet composition, utilization, and evolution

Description: "The report describes a comprehensive vehicle fleet composition, utilization, and evolution simulator that can be used to forecast household vehicle ownership and mileage by type of vehicle over time. The components of the simulator are developed in this research effort using detailed revealed and stated preference data on household vehicle fleet composition, utilization, and planned transactions collected for a large sample of households in California. Results of the model development effort show that the simulator holds promise as a tool for simulating vehicular choice processes in the context of activity-based travel microsimulation model systems."
Date: January 2012
Creator: Paleti, Rajesh.; Eluru, Naveen; Bhat, R. Chandra; Pendyala, Ram M.; Adler, Thomas J. & Goulias, Konstadinos G.

Laboratory evaluation of friction loss and compactability of asphalt mixtures

Description: "This study aimed to develop prediction models for friction loss and laboratory compaction of asphalt mixtures. In addition, the study evaluated the effect of compaction level and compaction method of skid resistance and the internal structure of asphalt mixtures."
Date: April 2012
Creator: Kassem, Emad Abdel-Rahman; Masad, Eyad; Awed, Ahmed & Little, Dallas

Compendium of student papers: 2011 undergraduate transportation scholars program.

Description: "This report is a compilation of research papers written by students participating in the 2011 Undergraduate Transportation Scholars Program. The papers in this compendium report on the following topics, respectively: 1) evaluating the impact of nighttime work zone lighting characteristics n motorists; 2) late night roadway visibility; 3) investigation of the use and pricing of the I-15 express lanes in San Diego; 4) intercity passenger rail access to airports: a case study at the Milwaukee airport; 5) development of a background complexity assessment tool; 6)identifying pavement preservation treatments suitable for performance-related specifications; and 7)arsenic content and retro-reflectivity of glass beads used in pavement markings."
Date: May 2012
Creator: Desorcie, Felicia; Jian, Ruoxin; Kelly, Pete; Larson, Shawn; Rasulo, Marcus; Rivera, Joshua et al.

Performance measures for metropolitan planning organizations

Description: "The aim of this project is to consolidate available knowledge and provide guidance to transportation agencies, specifically MPOs, to help them incorporate performance measurement relating to transportation planning and operations. This research includes a survey of agency practices and agency needs, development of guidance on effective performance measurement and allied issues of strategic planning, goal setting, and data collection."
Date: April 2012
Creator: Moore, Devin; Ramni, Tara; Norboge, Nicolas & Turnbull, Katherine

Getting the parking right for transit-oriented development

Description: "The main objective of this study is to report the state-of-the-knowledge on parking regulations and practice influencing the planning, design, and implementation of TOD. The report first offers a narrative review of the published works on TOD-Parking. Based on the review findings it then presents a matrix of best parking practices for TOD."
Date: March 2012
Creator: Zhang, Ming.; Mulholland, Katie; Zhang, Jane & Gomez-Sanchez, Ana J.

Fracture properties and fatigue cracking resistance of asphalt binders

Description: "The main objective of this study was to evaluate the inherent fatigue cracking resistance of asphalt binders in the form of a matrix with rigid particle inclusions. The underlying rational for this approach was to subject the binders to a state of stress that is similar to the one in a full asphalt mixture."
Date: March 2012
Creator: Bhasin, Amit.; Izadi, Anoosha & Motamed, Arash

Potential connected vehicle applications to enhance mobility, safety, and environmental security

Description: "Researchers first conducted a comprehensive review of the state-of-the-art connected-vehicle research and technologies. Once researchers had a thorough understanding of the technology, they focused on selecting and developing the near-term practical applications that use connected vehicle technology. The research team then sought expert opinions from the Texas Transportation Institute working group during two brainstorming sessions, which produced two lists of potential applications and prioritized the applications based on deployment feasibility. In particular, a total of five applications were selected for development of the full concept of operations, including two in safety, two in mobility, and one in environmental security. These applications address various problems, including wrong-way driving and unprotected-grade-crossing crashes (safety): work-zone merge efficiency and safety, and freeway speed harmonization (mobility): and slippery pavement-related crashes (environmental security)."
Date: February 2012
Creator: Balke, Kevin N.; Songchitruksa, Praprut. & Zeng, Xiaosi

Development of warrants for installation of dual right-turn lanes at signalized intersections

Description: "Right-turn lanes provide space for the deceleration and storage of right-turn vehicle, and separate turning vehicles from through movements. Dual right-turn lanes are increasingly used at urban intersections primarily for two reason: (1) to accommodate high right-turn demands and avoid turn-pocket overflows, and/or (2) to prevent right-turn vehicles that exit from a nearby upstream freeway off-ramp (on the left of the roadway) from abruptly changing too many lanes toward the right-turn lane at intersection."
Date: April 2012
Creator: Chen, Xiaoming & Li, Da

San Marcos City Park archaeological survey, Hays County, Texas

Description: "At the request of the City of San Marcos, the Center for Archaeological Studies (CAS) conducted archaeological testing of the playground in San Marcos City Park under Texas Historical Commission Antiquities Permit No. 2731. The testing was conducted on October 26 and 29, 2001, to determine whether scheduled renovation of the playground would disturb potentially intact prehistoric or historic cultural material. Shovel testing revealed possibly intact subsurface deposits below approximately 50 cm of disturbed deposits, and subsequently site 41HY319 was recorded. CAS assessed that it is unlikely that cultural resources would be impacted during construction of the playground equipment, as planned construction activities will not extend below the previously disturbed zone."
Date: 2002
Creator: Bousman, C. Britt.; Nickels, David L. & Gibson, Connie Thompson.

Pecos Valley Aquifer, West Texas : structure and brackish groundwater

Description: "The pilot study has helped lay the foundation for future Brackish Resources Aquifer Characterization System projects by developing a database management system in which variety of data can be stored and processed."
Date: June 2012
Creator: Wise, Matthew R.; Kalaswad, Sanjeev & Meyer, John E.

The economic efficiency of allowing longer combination vehicles in Texas

Description: "This paper shows the economic efficiency of allowing longer combination vehicles in Texas. First, an overview of the truck size and weight policies is explained, with an emphasis on those that affect Texas. Next, LCV operations in other countries are described. Then, an LCV scenario for Texas is chosen, with specific routes and vehicle types. Operational costs for these vehicles are calculated on a cost per mile and cost per ton (or cubic yard) mile. The LCV scenario and the current truck base case are analyzed to find the number of truck trips, the number of mile, and the cost per mile for the chosen routes. These are then compared to estimate the change if LCVs were allowed in Texas."
Date: August 2011
Creator: Walton, C. Michael. & Bienkowski, Bridget N.

Prioritization of highway maintenance functions using multi-attribute decision making with fuzzy pairwise comparison

Description: "As is the case for most of the Departments of Transportation in the U.S., the Texas Department of Transportation has been experiencing fluctuations of budget for maintaining and preserving its highway infrastructure over the recent years. If the maintenance budget shortfall lasts for an extended period of time, the condition of the highway network would be harmed directly or indirectly since some maintenance work would be deferred or canceled. Thus, in order to control and minimize the risk caused by maintenance budget reductions, it is important for highway agencies to adjust their maintenance and rehabilitation policies to accommodate budget fluctuations. This thesis presents a methodological framework that helps highway agencies quantify the risks to highway networks, and revise the highway routine maintenance work plans to minimize the impact of budget fluctuations. The proposed methodology aims to assist highway agencies in prioritizing and selecting maintenance functions according to the risk of not performing a specific maintenance activity. Also, this methodology considers the subjective nature of decision makers' assessments, allowing different levels of confidence and different attitudes toward risk to be captured as the uncertainty and imprecision involved in the decision making process. In the case study, the proposed methodology is tested with a set of data obtained from the Texas Department of Transportation. The result is compared with the outcome obtained from the crisp Analytical Hierarchy Process using the same set of data. The outcomes from the two methodologies are very close, validating the effectiveness of prioritizing highway maintenance functions using Multi-Attribute Analysis with Fuzzy Pairwise Comparison."
Date: September 2011
Creator: Zhang, Zhanmin & Liu, Wenxing

Compilation of results of aquifer tests in Texas

Description: "The mission of the Texas Water Development Board's (TWDB) Groundwater Resources Division is to collect, interpret, and provide accurate, objective information on the groundwater resources of Texas. In support of this mission, the TWDB has undertaken a long-term process of mapping and characterizing the aquifers of Texas."
Date: April 2012
Creator: Wuerch, David Robert. P.G. & Christian, Brent P.G.

Algorithms for routing vehicles and their application to the paratransit vehicle scheduling problem

Description: "As the demand for paratransit services increases, there is a constant pressure to maintain the quality of service provided to the customers while minimizing the cost of operation: this is especially important as the availability of public funding for paratransit services has been on the decline. Key tasks in accomplishing this objective are efficiently allocating vehicles to service trips and adjusting the schedules of vehicles dynamically in response to calls received by the service providers from the customers on the day of the service."
Date: March 2012
Creator: Park, Myoungkuk; Oberlin, Paul; Rathinam, Sivakumar; Quadrifoglio, Luca & Darbha, Swaroop

Use of performance measurement to include air quality and energy into mileage-based user fees

Description: "This research project is aimed at establishing a framework for levying MBUFs designed to achieve various air quality improvement policy objectives. This research presents the first step toward a pricing framework based on the concept of performance measurement that systematically defines and incorporates potential air quality goals. The process of developing the proposed framework included defining the interactive role of user fees and pricing in roadway transportation operations and identifying air quality performance measures for determining the appropriate vehicle mileage fee price."
Date: March 2012
Creator: Farzaneh, Reza; Novak, Kristen; Baker, Richard T. & Goodin, Ginger

An Assessment and Framework f Management Science Applications for TxDOT

Description: Report discussing the results of a project in which researchers implemented a systematic approach to identify the domains within the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDot) where Operations Research and Management Science (OR/MS) techniques could lead to substantial improvements.
Date: October 2011
Creator: Waller, S. Travis; Walewski, John; Chang, Carlos; Fajardo, David; Lasdon, Leon; Montes, Edith et al.

Best practice for using RAS in HMA

Description: "The use of recycles asphalt shingles (RAS) in hot-mix asphalt (HMA) mixtures has the potential to significantly reduce the cost of asphalt paving mixes while conserving energy and preserving the environment. This report documents the best practices for the use of RAS in HMA in terms of Ras processing, characterizing the processed RAS (binder content,gradations, and performance grad [PG]), RAS mix design, production, and field construction."
Date: October 2011
Creator: Zhou, Fujie.; Button, Joe W. & Epps, Jon

Continuous prestressed concrete girder bridges. Volume 1, Literature review and preliminary designs

Description: "The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) is currently designing typical highway bridge structures as simply supported using standard precast, pretension-ed girders. TxDOT is interested in developing additional economical design alternatives for longer span bridges, through the use of the continuous precast, pretension-ed concrete bridge structures that use spliced girder technology. The objectives of this portion of the study are to evaluate the current stat-of-the-art and practice relevant to continuous precast concrete girder bridges and recommend suitable continuity connections for use with typical Texas bridge girders."
Date: October 2011
Creator: Mander, John B.; Parkar, Anagha S. & Hueste, Mary Beth D.