Talking Asphalt: Year-end thoughts - December 2013
Wow, another year is about to end. I sure have not got everything done I planned. But, all-in-all, it’s been a good year and there have been a lot of positive happenings. Now, it’s time to start working to make 2014 an even better year. I believe it is largely up to us how it turns out. Here are some thoughts on preparing for the future.
To me, having access to information is really important. There are always new developments in the asphalt business, and it is important to keep up. My main sources for information are...
Lab Corner: Feeling fatigued – Winter 2013
With the colder weather, a young asphalt technologist’s thoughts turn from permanent deformation to cracking. Minimizing the cracking of asphalt pavements remains a major concern of user agencies. Fatigue cracking was one of the three principal distresses identified by the Strategic Highway Research Program (SHRP) that is experienced by asphalt mixtures in service. Laboratory fatigue testing of asphalt mixtures can help technologists ensure that the materials they use are not part of the problem.