TRAC provides a link among the government,
university researchers, and the private sector. Much of our research is funded by
the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT), and TRAC acts as a liaison,
connecting those who need applied research at WSDOT with those best suited to conduct it
at the universities.
From our offices at Washington State
University in Pullman and the University of Washington in Seattle, we coordinate
resources, serve as a focal point for student involvement in transportation research, and
provide services such as report editing, production and graphics.
During the last biennium (July 1, 2003 to June 30,
2005), WSU and
UW researchers conducted over 100 TRAC research projects, for which the budgets totaled
over $13.2 million, not including TRAC administrative budgets.
Research at TRAC has been conducted by 50 faculty and
researchers in 13 WSU and UW departments for 18 sponsors and with over 30
public and private partners.
Many of these projects were elements of major programs relating to the
freeway and arterial management
intelligent transportation systems
vehicle design and operation
A number of laboratories and other
facilities are available to
TRAC researchers at WSU.
Albrook Hydraulics Laboratory, WSU
Within this laboratory, researchers study
hydraulic engineering, fluid mechanics, water resources, and fisheries engineering.
The laboratory contains flumes of various sizes, flow capacities and functions; computing
facilities for test control and analysis; a 30,000 sq ft modeling floor and
7,000 sq ft of laboratories & offices.
Asphalt Materials Laboratory,
This laboratory is equipped to conduct the
following tests: absolute viscosity, kinematic viscosity, flash point, rolling thin film
oven, penetration, asphalt extraction, kneading compaction, Hveem stability, specific
gravities, and percentage of air voids. WSU also has facilities for testing
portland cement concrete and other materials.
X-Ray Tomography Laboratory (WAX-CT), WSU
tomography provides non invasive three-dimensional characterization and
visualization of microstructural features within the interior of opaque solid
objects and promotes the advanced characterization simulation and design of
solids including, metals, ceramics, geological and biomaterials. The
establishment of this facility was made possible by a grant from the US
National Science Foundation, and a gift from the Murdoch Trust Foundation.
Center for Asphalt Technology,
WCAT was established
through partnership between Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT),
the Washington Asphalt Paving Association (WAPA),
and Washington State University (WSU).
The National Science Foundation (NSF)
has also contributed by funding the acquisition of a material testing system
WCAT facilities are housed in Sloan Hall, home of the Civil and Environmental
Engineering department on the Pullman Campus.
Wood Materials and Engineering Laboratory,
This laboratory has a 25,000-sq ft of
test area to both statically and dynamically test structural specimens of up to 75 feet
in length. It also has various testing frames with up to 200-kip load
capacities and a 500 kip reaction floor with two 7.5 ton overhead cranes. A
high-speed data acquisition system is available for both static and dynamic data