Tag: NCAT

Track star

The seventh cycle of accelerated pavement testing launched this year at the National Center for Asphalt Technology test track and consists of new mixture performance sections, instrumented structural sections and extended traffic sections. NCAT’s test track – the only high-speed, full-scale accelerated pavement testing facility in the world – is a 1.7-mile oval with experimental…




Royal Randy

Randy West, research professor and director of the National Center for Asphalt Technology at Auburn University, was awarded a Distinguished Visiting Fellowship at the United Kingdom’s Royal Academy of Engineering. He is the first faculty member from Auburn to receive the recognition. The program enables academic engineering departments in the U.K. to strengthen their research…




Standard of excellence

Auburn University’s National Center for Asphalt Technology was recognized in July with resolutions from the Alabama Legislature commending the institution’s 30 years of service to the state. Sen. Tom Whatley and Rep. Joe Lovvorn, both of Auburn, sponsored the resolutions and presented the documents during NCAT’s Board of Directors summer meeting held at its facility…




Partners in innovation

Auburn University’s National Center for Asphalt Technology and Jiangsu Sinyue Asphalt Co. of China recently established a 10-year research and development agreement focused on advancing cost-effective and sustainable asphalt pavement practices in China and throughout the world. NCAT researchers will provide support in developing innovative asphalt technologies, training programs and workshops to foster technological advancements…




NCAT adds four

The National Center for Asphalt Technology at Auburn University has named Adriana Vargas-Nordcbeck, Fabricio Leiva-Villacorta, Fan Gu and Fan Yin to its research team. Auburn alumna Vargas-Nordcbeck and her husband, Leiva-Villacorta, joined NCAT in August as assistant research professors. Vargas-Nordcbeck leads all pavement preservation experiments and pursues new projects related to pavement management and pavement…




Forging a new path

The National Center for Asphalt Technology at Auburn University has recently added a fully automated PathRunner data collection vehicle to its fleet. Donated by Pathway Services, the van will be used to assess pavement conditions on the NCAT Test Track, local pavement preservation experiment locations and other field projects. Since testing can be conducted at…




Paving away

After a successful reconstruction this summer, the National Center for Asphalt Technology has begun its sixth cycle of accelerated pavement testing. Major focus areas of the three-year cycle include pavement preservation and pavement recycling, as well as structural, surface and material studies. The first phase of the research cycle consists of constructing test sections on…




A paved partnership

In a step to play a larger role in pavement research, a newly formed partnership with MnROAD is a centerpiece of the National Center for Asphalt Technology’s (NCAT) upcoming research cycle. The combination of traffic loading types and the range in climate conditions will provide unique opportunities for this partnership to address important national needs…




Track meet

The National Center for Asphalt Technology at Auburn University will hold its fifth Pavement Test Track Conference March 3-5, 2015 at the Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center. Discussions will include an overview of the findings from the 1.7-mile track’s 2012-2015 research cycle, a summary of preventive maintenance treatments on Lee County Road…