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Welcome to the Transportation Laboratory at the Department of Civil Engineering. The following instruments are currently being used by the undergraduate  and graduate students. The laboratory is fully equipped with facilities for designing Superpave mixes. This page is under construction.


Faculty: Dr. Sudip Bhattacharjee. Ph: 256-372-4148. Fax: 256-372-5909. Email:


Courses: This laboratory is currently being used for the following courses:

CE 310: Transportation Engineering and Materials (Spring)

CE 410/510: Transportation Engineering and Design (Fall)

CE 412: Pavement Systems (Elective, Fall)

CE 415/515: Transportation Material Characterization and Design (Elective, Fall or Spring)


Aggregate Characterization Tests

  1. Sieve Analysis of Fine and Coarse Aggregates, AASHTO T 27

  2. Materials Finer Than #200 Sieve in Mineral Aggregates by Washing, AASHTO T 11

  3. Specific Gravity and Absorption of Fine Aggregate, AASHTO T 84

  4. Specific Gravity and Absorption of Coarse Aggregate, AASHTO T 85

  5. Uncompacted Void Content of Fine Aggregate, AASHTO T 304

  6. Uncompacted Void Content of Coarse Aggregate

  7. Percentage of Fractured Particles in Coarse Aggregate, ASTM D 5821

  8. Plastic Fines in Graded Aggregates and Soils by Use of the Sand Equivalent Test,    AASHTO T 176

  9. Flat or Elongated Particles in Coarse Aggregates, ASTM D 4791

Binder Characterization Tests

  1. Penetration of Bituminous Materials, AASHTO T 49

  2. Softening Point of Bitumen (Ring and Ball Apparatus), AASHTO T 53

Hot Mix Asphalt Tests

  1. Bulk Specific Gravity of Compacted Bituminous Mixture Using

    Saturated Surface Dry (SSD) Specimens, AASHTO T 166

  2. Maximum Specific Gravity of Bituminus Paving Mixture, AASHTO T 209

  3. Method for Preparing and Determing the Density of Hot Mix

    Asphalt (HMA) Specimens by Means of SHRP Gyratory Compactor, AASHTO TP 4


SHRP gyratory compactor with computer control
Specific gravity of fine aggregate
Specific gravity of coarse aggregate
Void contant of fine aggregates
Sieve shaker
Sand equivalent test
HMA maximum specific gravity test
Water bath
Ring and ball for bitumen
Penetration of bitumen
Non-destructive testing of pavement using Portable Siesmic Pavement Analyzer (PSPA)
Core driller for drilling pavement cores
Saw to cut HMA specimens


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Useful Links

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