About the RITRC
The Rhode Island Transportation Research Center conducts interdisciplinary studies in the areas of intelligent transportation infrastructure and systems. Research efforts cover all modes of transportation land, sea and air. We also undertake several intermodal transportation projects.
Research teams have a special interest in developing next-generation transportation materials such as high-performing asphalts, concretes, composites, steel, soils, and pavement marking materials. Our facility contains a complete set of equipment for mixing and testing bituminous materials including Marshall, Hveem and Superpave mix design sets, and soil characterization as well as aggregate testing. There is also equipment for mixing and testing Portland cement concrete and evaluating corrosion of reinforced steel and paint adhesion. In addition, our lab contains the soil resilient modulus tester, the Superpave Indirect Tension Tester (IDT), SHRP binder test setup, Automatic Asphalt Pavement Analyzer (APA), portable Falling Weight Deflectometer (FWD) and a 25 kip servohydraulic testing system that can be used for various static and dynamic loading modes, such as resilient modulus, dynamic modulus, fatigue, flexure and creep, and Simple Performance Test (SPT). This particular system is housed in the walk-in environmental chamber, which has temperature ranges from -12° to 60°C (10° to 140°F).
The RITRC started in 1992 and received a $12 million University Transportation Center (UTC) grant under the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA21) in 1998. The center has been conducting various research programs sponsored by the R.I. Department of Transportation, New England University Transportation Center at MIT, New England Transportation Consortium, Federal Highway Administration, U.S. Department of Transportation, University of Rhode Island Transportation Center, and international agencies such as Korean Institute of Construction Technology (KITC), Korea Expressway Corporation (KEC) etc.