Congratulations to Dr. Yusuf Mehta, Association Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering for his recent award from the New Jersey Alliance for Action for his project on Recycled Asphalt Pavement in Hot Mix Asphalt (High RAP in HMA).
Dr. Yusuf spearheaded a project which was to develop a thorough understanding of the properties of mixture and binder with higher percentages of recycled asphalt pavement (RAP) and to explore the possibility of designing asphalt mixtures with near 35% RAP without compromising the asphalt mixtures performance.
This project yielded 5 successful academic and industry focused presentations and 2 successful industry and academic journal publications (Journal of Construction and Building Materials, ASCE GSP Series-EI Indexed). The project has received both national and state recognition through the AASHTO Research Advisory Committee (2012 High Value Research Award), the Transportation Research Board, and the New Jersey Department of Transportation (2013 Research Implementation Award)
Blending and statistical modeling has the potential to impact the State of New Jersey through prevention of under asphalting, premature cracking, and by improving the quality and integrity of asphalt used in state infrastructure projects. This can positively impact on both infrastructure safety and the maximization of financial resources. Furthermore, the fractionation conclusion has the potential to maximize available resources by increasing the performance and usage of RAP.
In addition to the benefits of this study that are relevant to the State of New Jersey transportation, and the contribution to knowledge for building and construction materials, this project yielded significant meaningful opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students to participate and be recognized. Students were able to leverage their experience and expertise to secure prestigious graduate school appointments, professional positions with NJDOT or affiliated consulting firms, and other Southern New Jersey based consulting firms. Thus, the project continues to provide added value for the State of New Jersey’s transportation infrastructure and pavement programs.
The experience the students received from the project greatly enhances their experience in our industry and will be a big boost to their resumes upon graduation.