An Ohio University professor has created something that may reduce the costly road repairs caused by winter weather. Civil engineer Sang-Soo Kim has developed the Asphalt Binder Cracking Device, an instrument nicknamed ABCD.
An engineer's invention could reduce the cracks, bumps, and potholes plaguing the nation's highways. View Article
FHWA Grant Program Helps Industry Improve Asphalt Testing
EZ Asphalt Technology, LLC of Athens, OH used $225,061 of FHWA Highways for LIFE grant funding to develop the Aphalt Binder Cracking Device (ABCD). Low-temperature cracking is a major casue of asphalt pavement failure. Resistance to thermal cracking is provided primarily by the asphalt binder that bonds with aggreagates to create hot-mix aspalt. The ABCD uses a simple, relieable method to pnpoint the temperature at which asphalt binders will crack, so it can help engineers select proper asphalt binders for paving projects based on climate.
Developing a Solution for Costly Highway Improvements
Highway deterioration is an expensive problem, costing United States taxpayers billions of dollars each year to repair the damage. The Federal Highway Administration recently estimated that it needs $375 billion to fund repair and improvement projects for highways across the country.
EZ Asphalt Technology's Asphalt Binder Cracking Device adopted nationally
Innovation Center client company EZ Asphalt Technology just announced that the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (ASHTO) voted to adopt their Asphalt Binder Cracking Device ("ABCD") as one of their standard test methods.
EZ Asphalt Company Featured in the US Dept. of Transportation's "Highways for Life"
An interlaboratory study conducted with the help of a Federal Highway Administration Technology Partnership Grant confirmed the accuracy and usability of a device to pinpoint the temperature at which asphalt binder will crack.