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Publication Number:  N/A    Date:  January 2013
Publication Date: January 2013


Federal Highway Administration Exploratory Advanced Research

Presentation for The AHD30, Structures Maintenance Committee, January 16, 2013

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Presentation Objectives

What is EAR?

A graphics using oval shaped circles to demonstrate how Exploratory Advanced Research (EAR) is used as a bridge for basic research and applied research.  The left large oval circle is light blue in color and represents basic research with smaller horizontal circles in various colors showing the National Science Foundation (yellow), National and International Laboratories (green), Universities/Centers of Excellence (medium blue), and National and International Transportation Institutes (orange).  Arrows point from the smaller circles to a vertical oval representing EAR, which is on top of a bigger light blue circle representing FHWA mission oriented advanced research. There is a square box with “FHWA Advanced Research Plan” pointing to the middle of the large circle, a round purple circle with “Advanced Transportation Research at DOT, DOE, DOD, EPA, etc” points towards the center of the large blue circle, and a light blue oval circle at the right has “FHWA, NCHRP, State DOT, UTE, Industry” written on it, representing applied research.

Focus Areas

New Materials

A photo of a scanning electron microscope (SEM) image with a green circle around the center thread of a nano-scale fiber within cement paste to illustrate potential advances in new materials for increased corrosion resistance and reduced cracking protection.

Assessing Performance

EAR Program Methods

Breadth with Depth

Experts and Partners

Project Handoff

EAR Program Payoff

Longer-Term Impact

Photo shows casting of structural element in a laboratory from Purdue University.  Two men with different tools in their hands are shown testing and preparing a structure that appears to be encased in a wooden frame that is on wood studs placed on the floor in a laboratory. Other equipment and supplies are visible in the background.

Longer-Term Impact

Thank You

EAR Program website

David Kuehn
Program Manager
(202) 493-3414


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