Civil engineering graduate students were able to witness the latest in pavement recycling technology at the RELLIS Campus Feb. 23–24 as TTI demonstrated “next generation” equipment.
Students with the Civil Materials Student Organization (CMSO) at Texas A&M University were also able to interact with personnel who supervise and construct rehabilitated pavements. The mission of CMSO is to “enhance the students’ learning experience with seminars and field visits in the area of infrastructure materials.”
“Oftentimes students learn about some of the newest techniques in the classroom setting, but to see them in operation and be able to speak with the people who are directly involved with the procedures is certainly worthwhile,” explains Research Scientist Stephen Sebesta of TTI’s Flexible Pavements Group.
The pavement recycling equipment used in the demonstration is computer controlled and recycles the roadway while applying a new pavement using the recycled material, all in the same process. Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) personnel were on-site for the demonstration as they learn to use the equipment and prepare to apply a research section of pavement in the Austin District. The activities were supported as part of TxDOT research project 0-6880.