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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
Item Type: Report

The potential for improving rail international intermodal services in Texas and the Southwest region of the United States

Description: "The report covers a period of great significance for railroading in the U.S as it contains a number of milestones now shaping the future performance of the industry. The specific subject is improving inter-modal service so that it can support state and regional highway planning, now facing severe financial cut-backs as revenue sources become fully committed to bond servicing, user taxes, loose purchasing power and fuel consumption begins to fall."
Date: June 2011
Creator: Blaze, James R. & Harrison, Robert
Item Type: Report

Manual for Assessing Safety Hardware test 3-11 on the Texas T101 bridge rail

Description: The Texas T101 bridge rail is widely used in the state of Texas. Previous testing demonstrated its ability to contain and redirect passenger cars and a 20,000-lb school bus. Based on this testing, the Federal Highway Administration accepted the T101 bridge rail as an NCHRP Report 350 TL-3 barrier. However, its impact performance with pickup trucks was never evaluated. Under research project 0-5526, Impact Performance of Roadside Safety Appurtenances, researchers conducted a performance assessment of Texas roadside safety devices to help evaluate the impact of adopting the new AASHTO Manual for Assessing Safety Hardware (MASH) guidelines on current hardware. Testing and evaluation of the T101 bridge rail was recommended as a high priority. This recommendation was based primarily on the absence of pickup truck testing on the system, and concerns that the 27-inch rail height may not be compatible with pickup trucks and SUVs under design impact conditions. The T101 bridge rail did not meet MASH evaluation criteria for test 3-11. The vehicle overturned after losing contact with the barrier.
Date: March 2011
Creator: Bligh, Roger P. & Menges, Wanda L.
Item Type: Report

Development of a MASH TL-2 guardrail-to-bridge rail transition compatible with 31-inch guardrail

Description: The TxDOT Design Division is in the process of developing new guardrail standards that comply with the AASHTO Manual for Assessing Safety Hardware (MASH). The new guardrail system will provide increased capacity and improved impact performance relative to the current design. A key feature of the new system is an increased in rail mounting height from 27 inches to 31 inches. TxDOT's current TL-2 metal beam transition is 27 inches tall and is not compatible with the new 31 inch guardrail system. While the high-speed, nested thrie beam transition system meets MASH guidelines and is compatible with a 31-inch guardrail, it would be cost-prohibitive to use it on all roadways. The objective of this research was to develop a transition that is suitable for use on lower speed roadways, less expensive and complex than the current high-speed (i.e., TL-3) transition design, and is compatible with a 31-inch guardrail. A low-cost guardrail-to-bridge rail transition was successfully developed and tested under MASH Test Level 2 conditions. It is compatible with a 31-inch guardrail and can connect to rigid concrete bridge rails. It is considered suitable for implementation on roadways that have traffic conditions appropriate for the use of TL-2 safety hardware. Use of this system provides significant savings in material and installation cost compared to the high speed transition system.
Date: December 2011
Creator: Bligh, Roger P.; Arrington, Dusty R. & Menges, Wanda L.
Item Type: Report

Skid-Mounted Support System for Temporary Guide Signs

Description: This is a research report to establish guidelines for both the direct embedded temporary wood support system and the skid-mounted support system. Tests covered in the report look at wind loads, ballast requirements, and impact performance.
Date: November 2014
Creator: Bligh, Roger P.; Arrington, Dusty R.; Menges, Wanda L. & Kuhn, Darrell L.
Item Type: Report

Development of a MASH TL-3 median barrier gate

Description: Report regarding a median barrier gate designed to both offer protection to motorists and easier cross-median access for emergency and maintenance vehicles.
Date: February 2011
Creator: Bligh, Roger P.; Arrington, Dusty R.; Sheikh, Nauman Mansoor; Silvestri, Chiara & Menges, Wanda L.
Item Type: Report

MASH test 3-11 on the 5-inch cast in place deck barrier anchors

Description: "A full-scale crash test was performed to evaluate the impact performance of a Texas T223 concrete beam and post bridge rail anchored to a 5-nch cast-in-place deck (CIPD). The testing followed the MASH standards for Test Level 3 ( TL-#) longitudinal barriers. The test performed was American Association of State Highways and Transportation Officials (AAHSTO) Manual for Assessing Safety Hardware (MASH) test 3-11, which involves a 2270P (500 lb) pickup truck impacting the critical impact point (CIP) of the barrier at a nominal impact speed and angle of 62 mi/h and 25degress, respectively. This test evaluated the strength of the barrier and its anchorage to the 5-inch CIPD."
Date: October 2011
Creator: Bligh, Roger P.; Menges, Wanda L. & Arrington, Dusty R.
Item Type: Report

MASH test 3-37 of the TxDOT 31-inch w-beam downstream anchor terminal

Description: Report discussing the findings of a study into issues related to roadside safety devices: "The objective of this study was to develop a suitable replacement for the downstream 'turn-down' guardrail anchor system. The 'turn-down' guardrail anchor system does not meet mandated test requirements under MASH for upstream anchor application terminals; however, it does meet downstream requirements for previous crash testing standard" (abstract). It includes background information, system details, test requirements and evaluation criteria, crash test procedures, crash test results, and conclusions.
Date: October 2011
Creator: Bligh, Roger P.; Menges, Wanda L. & Arrington, Dusty R.
Item Type: Report

Determination of minimum height and lateral design load for MASH test level 4 bridge rails

Description: "This research had the objectives of determining the minimum rail height and lateral design impact load for MASH test level 4 bridge rails. Using parametric finite element analysis and subsequent crash testing, the researchers determined the minimum recommended rail height for MASH TL-4 impact conditions to be 36 inches. Later Design impact for MASH TL-4 test conditions was determined to be 80 kips."
Date: October 2011
Creator: Bligh, Roger P.; Menges, Wanda L. & Sheikh, Nauman Mansoor
Item Type: Report

Catalog of Blinn College, 2012-2013

Description: Catalog of courses offered by Blinn College campuses, as well as general information about the junior college, programs, and policies.
Date: 2012
Creator: Blinn College
Item Type: Book

Delivery of workshops on corridor management and preservation in Texas

Description: "This report summarizes the delivery and outcome of a series of workshops conducted at 23 Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) districts across the state on corridor management and preservation in Texas. The workshops served as follow-up implementation work for research project 0-5606, "Creating Partnerships with Local Communities to Manage and Preserve Corridors." The report provides an overview of the project and documents the dates, locations, and attendance of workshops implemented during the three-year project period."
Date: September 2010
Creator: Bochner, Brian S. & Hard, Edwin N.
Item Type: Report

Internal trip capture estimator for mixed-use developments

Description: This report describes a spreadsheet tool for estimating trip generation for mixed-use developments, accounting for internal trip capture. Internal trip capture is the portion of trips generated by a mixed-use development that both begin and end within the development. The importance of internal trip capture is that those trips satisfy a portion of the total development's trip generation and they do so without using the external road system. As a result, a mixed-use development that generates a given number of total trips creates less demand on the external road system than single-use developments generating the same number of trips. This report describes the spreadsheet estimator and how to use it. It describes the data behind the estimator as well as how those data are applied. The two Texas mixed-use developments from which most of the data were derived are also described. This report is supplemented by the Excel® spreadsheet itself as well as task memoranda that document the survey data collected as part of this project.
Date: February 2010
Creator: Bochner, Brian S. & Sperry, Benjamin R.
Item Type: Report

Making mobility improvements a community asset: transportation improvements using context-sensitive solutions

Description: "This report was developed to disseminate knowledge, experiences, and reasons for use and benefits of Context-sensitive solutions (CSS) through university courses and technology transfer to facilitate its use by agencies and practitioners in gaining community acceptance of mobility improvement projects."
Date: September 2010
Creator: Bochner, Brian S.; Storey, Beverly & Lehnert, Angeline
Item Type: Report

Making mobility improvements a community asset : transportation improvements using context-sensitive solutions

Description: "This report was developed to disseminate knowledge, experiences, and reasons for use and benefits of Context-sensitive solutions (CSS) through university courses and technology transfer to facilitate its use by agencies and practitioners in gaining community acceptance of mobility improvement projects."
Date: September 2010
Creator: Bochner, Brian; Storey, Beverly J. & Lehnert, Angeline
Item Type: Report

Water Issues in Texas : A Survey of Public Perceptions and Attitudes about Water

Description: "The Texas AgriLife Extension Service facilitated a random sample survey of Texas residents to evaluate their awareness of, attitudes about and willingness to act on water issues. The results of this survey will be useful to citizens, local governments, state agencies and policy makers in planning for the future" (p. 6).
Date: September 2010
Creator: Boellstorff, Diane E.; Boleman, Chris T. & McFarland, Mark Lee
Item Type: Book

Highway safety design workshops

Description: Highway safety is an ongoing concern for the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT). As part of its proactive commitment to improving highway safety, TxDOT is moving toward including quantitative safety analyses earlier in the project development process. To assist in achieving this goal, TxDOT research project 0-4703 developed the Roadway Safety Design Workbook for engineers responsible for highway geometric design. This Workbook describes quantitative safety relationships for specific design components known to be correlated with crash frequency. As part of TxDOT Project 0-4703, a series of workshops were developed to share safety information with TxDOT roadway designers. Information in the Workbook was used as the basis for the workshops. The workshops addressed rural highways, urban streets, and freeways. They included a mixture of classroom discussion and hands-on training activities for the participants. The participants indicated that the information presented in the workshops will be beneficial as they make decisions about highway safety improvements.
Date: November 2010
Creator: Bonneson, James A. & Pratt, Michael P.
Item Type: Report

Performance of lap splices in large-scale column specimens affectedby ASR and/or DEF

Description: "This research program conducted a large experimental program, which consisted of the design, construction, curing, deterioration, and structural load testing of 16 large-scale column specimens with a critical lap splice region, and then compared and calibrated models developed in the analytical program with the experimental behavior. Specimens were carefully instrumented both internally and externally to monitor the strain behavior of the concrete and reinforcing steel from specimen construction, curing, deterioration, and final structural load testing."
Date: June 2012
Creator: Bracci, Joseph M.; Gardoni, Paolo; Eck, Kathleen M. & Trejo, David
Item Type: Report

Breastfeeding: The Law

Description: This pamphlet provides information on breastfeeding Texas Health and Safety Code and the Fair Labor Standards Act regarding breastfeeding.
Date: June 2012
Creator: Breastmilk Counts
Item Type: Pamphlet