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Transportation Laboratory

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 Bituminous Paving Mixture, AASHTO T 209
  3. Method for Preparing and Determining 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 content of fine aggregates
  • Sieve shaker
  • Sand equivalent test
  • HMA maximum specific gravity test
  • Water bath
  • Ring and ball for bitumen
  • Penetration of bitumen
  • UTM
  • Non-destructive testing of pavement using Portable Seismic Pavement Analyzer (PSPA)
  • Core driller for drilling pavement cores
  • Saw to cut HMA specimens


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