Research activities in the area of pavement materials and engineering include work on:
- Vehicle-Pavement Interaction
- Pavement instrumentation
- Accelerated Pavement Testing
- Nanomaterials for civil engineering
- Numerical modelling of pavement (flexible and rigid) structural responses
- System optimization (static and dynamic back-calculation analyses) with the focus on pavement engineering applications
- Software development for pavement design, evaluation and analysis
- Quality Assurance/Quality Control in road design and construction projects
Recent and ongoing projects undertaken at the CTD include:
Funder: California Department of Transportation (Caltrans)
Collaborators: UP, Caltrans, CSIR
Description: Evaluating the effect of road condition on freight damage and logistics for truck transportation in California.
Post harvest initiative tomato freight damage
Funder: ZZ2, Post Harvest Research Initiative, Tomato Producers Organization
Collaborators: CTD, UKZN, ZZ2
Description: Evaluating the effects of road condition on the damage to agricultural produce (especially tomatoes) during transportation from farm to market.
Road condition monitoring using telematics
Funder: Tracker, THRIP
Collaborators: CTD, Tracker
Description: Developing a system for the onboard evaluation of road condition using cloud computing and vehicle populations.