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Dr. Amy Epps Martin
Dr. Amy Epps Martin | Image: Texas A&M Engineering

Researchers compared measured asphalt binder properties and corresponding asphalt mixture cracking performance parameters in a recent study. The results verified the ability of the binder properties to capture significant engineering effects that are especially relevant as recycling efforts continue to increase due to strong economic and environmental motivational forces.

Dr. Amy Epps Martin, professor in the Zachry Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Texas A&M University, is a co-author for the paper, “Relationship Between Rheological Indices and Cracking Performance of Virgin, Recycled and Rejuvenated Asphalt Binders and Mixtures,” that recently won the K.B. Woods Award from the Transportation Research Board (TRB).

Co-authors on the paper include Fawaz Kaseer, a pavement design engineer at the Michigan Department of Transportation, and Edith Arámbula-Mercado, a research engineer at the Texas A&M Transportation Institute. The award will be presented at the 101st annual TRB meeting in Washington, D.C., in January 2022.

“It is a great honor for our research to be given this award as it represents selection from approximately 500 papers submitted for consideration to the Transportation Infrastructure Group that includes 56 technical committees of the Transportation Research Board," Epps Martin said.

The K.B. Woods Award is given annually by the TRB for an outstanding paper published on the design and construction of transportation facilities. It honors the 19th chairman of the Highway Research Board, who was professor emeritus of Civil Engineering at Purdue University and active in the affairs of the Board throughout his career.