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Rutgers pavement lab gets AASHTO stamp of approval eight years running
In early February 2013, CAIT’s Pavement Resource Program was reaccredited for the fourth time as an AASHTO Materials Reference Laboratory (AMRL).
To earn this designation, equipment, personnel, and the quality control systems of Rutgers Asphalt Pavement Lab (RAPL) were scrutinized over a four-day period during which AMRL assessors monitored every detail to ensure that technicians follow strict testing standards and that the lab’s equipment is properly calibrated and operated. In order to maintain AMRL accreditation, labs must recertify every two years.
In total, PRP demonstrated their competence in 34 different test methods related to bituminous materials—nine asphalt binder test methods, 14 hot mix asphalt tests, and 11 aggregate tests. This topped the already impressive 30 tests they had previously been certified to do. The four new tests added to the PRP “repertoire” are:
- Multiple Stress Creep Recovery (MSCR)
- AASHTO T164/ASTM D2172, Quantitative Extraction of Asphalt Binder from HMA
- AASHTO T305/ASTM D6390, Draindown Characteristics of HMA
- ASTM D5404, Recovery of Asphalt from Solution by Rotavapor Apparatus
PRP director Dr. Tom Bennert expressed great pride in the team’s accomplishment: “Our staff did a tremendous job over the past several weeks, both in prepping the lab and conducting the assessment.”
Lab supervisors Ed Wass Jr. and Chris Ericson coordinated the HMA/aggregate and asphalt binder testing, respectively.
“[Wass] and [Ericson] carried a big part of the load in organizing and working with their crews to ensure that all the equipment and materials were verified, calibrated, and ready to go,” Bennert said. He also praised lab researchers and technicians Darius Pezeshki, Brett DiFrancecso, and Donatas Zvirblis for their help both before and during the process.
“It was a great team effort,” said Bennert. “We wouldn’t have successfully secured this prestigious certification without everybody pitching in. The guys really deserve recognition for all of their hard work.”
AMRL accreditation signifies that the PRP lab meets materials testing requirements for FHWA, USDOT, FAA, the Army Corps of Engineers, and other federal and state transportation agencies. Rutgers is one of only a handful of university-based labs to hold that distinction.