Work has been authorized for 14 new transportation research projects in a joint venture between the Kansas Department of Transportation, Kansas University and Kansas State University.
The projects are part of the third year of the Kansas Transportation and New Developments (K-TRAN) Research Program. Grants totaling $255,000 have been awarded for seven KU projects.
K-TRAN is a comprehensive research program addressing transportation needs in Kansas. Academic and research resources from the state and the two universities are utilized in the program.
Research on all projects will be completed during the next two years, although several projects are one year or less in duration.
This year's KU projects are:
Evaluation of in-place "cold" mix recycling for asphalt. Researchers could develop more effective ways of recycling road surfaces without heating the materials.
An expert system for fabrication error solutions (joint project with KSU). This project would seek solutions to errors in steel bridge materials and construction, including flame cuts, drilling and welding.
Rainfall inputs for simulation of floods for Kansas streams. The research could lead to more reliable and consistent flood estimates.
Analysis of pavement subdrainage by continuous simulation. Research could show the effect of large amounts of water draining on or under pavement. Researchers could design pavement that could better withstand such water drainage.
Development of hydraulic design charts for pipe culverts that have narrowed end sections. The hydraulic characteristics of the culverts are unknown.
Alternative portland cement concrete pavement load transfer devices. Current materials do not prevent joint damage from road expansion and contraction due to temperature changes.
Analysis of incentive-disincentive clauses in construction contracts.
The projects were selected by the Kansas Transportation and New Projects Technical Committee and approved by the Program Council for funding during fiscal year 1993.
The projects were selected from 45 research ideas submitted by KDOT staff.