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WRI Contributes to Research Direction at 2012 TRB Annual Meeting

Nine members of WRI’s Transportation Technology Business Unit joined more than 11,000 policy makers, administrators, researchers, and government and industry representatives at the 91st Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board  (TRB) in Washington, D.C. January 22 through 26. 

Lead Scientist Mike Harnsberger participated as a member of TRB Committees AFK-10, General Issues in Asphalt, and AFK-20, Characteristics of Bituminous Materials, and WRI Lead Engineer Shin-Che Huang contributed as a member of Committee AFK30, Characteristics of Nonbituminous Components of Bituminous Paving Mixtures.

Huang chaired the workshop “Alternative binders for Sustainable Pavements” sponsored by AFK 10, 20 and 30 committees.  In a separate session, he presented a paper titled, “Impact of Water on Asphalt Aging–Chemical Aging Kinetic Study.” 

The Transportation Research Board is a division of the National Research Council, which serves as an independent advisor to the federal government on scientific and technical questions of national importance.  The TRB Annual Meeting addresses all aspects and modes of transportation and is the country’s largest transportation convention.  

On January 26, representatives from WRI’s Transportation Technology Business Unit conducted a half-day review of its Federal Highway Administration-sponsored research into the fundamental properties of asphalts and modified asphalts. 

For WRI, the annual review is an opportunity to share new technology developments with the broader transportation community. This year, the event attracted more than 60 people from the asphalt industry in the US and Europe. In attendance were asphalt and additives producers, road contractors, and university researchers.



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