Research Facilities

Aggregate and Geotechnical

The MTTI aggregate and geotechnical research area conducts research and testing in soils, aggregates and rock. The MTTI test facilities have traditional research and testing capabilities in soil testing such as permeability, consolidation and triaxial strength testing as well as more advanced equipment for resilient modulus research, ballast testing and high pressure triaxial testing of rock.

Asphalt Materials Research

The asphalt materials testing capabilities at Michigan Tech include mixture performance and component materials characterization to improve performance of materials used in hot mix asphalt (HMA) and warm mix asphalt (WMA). There are two principal laboratories supporting asphalt research: the Binder Research and Testing Facility, and the Mixture Performance Research and Testing Facility.

Concrete Research

The structural and material testing capabilities of Benedict Laboratory are used for research involving fresh or hardened portland cement concrete and mortars, as well as on-going research with ultra-high performance concrete (UHPC) by certified technicians and student researchers. The large, state-of-the-art facility allows for numerous projects to be conducted simultaneously. Researchers can perform a variety of tests on mixtures including semi-adiabatic calorimetry and rapid chloride penetration as well as analyze hardened concrete by using compression and tension load frames, creep framers and a freeze/thaw chamber.

Driving Simulation

Transportation human factors research focuses on the design and enhancement of systems that can respond to the evolving needs of the user. This is accomplished through experimental assessment of the operator’s behavior and performance, and computational models which account for other factors that relate to performance outcomes. Driving simulators are used to assess the effect of vehicle and roadway design on driving performance; service systems, where both service providers and recipients are modeled to maximize value creation in the system; and occupational health and safety, where system design is evaluated to address ergonomic issues in the work place.

Material Characterization

The Materials Characterization Laboratory specializes in characterization of construction materials (e.g. aggregate, cement, fly ash, concrete and asphalt) but also is equipped to characterize metals, polymers or virtually any other solid material. The facility includes all necessary sample preparation equipment, analytical instrumentation and expertise required to perform comprehensive material characterization and failure analyses.

Structural Behavior

The MTTI aggregate and geotechnical research area conducts research and testing in soils, aggregates and rock. The MTTI test facilities have traditional research and testing capabilities in soil testing such as permeability, consolidation and triaxial strength testing as well as more advanced equipment for resilient modulus research, ballast testing and high pressure triaxial testing of rock.