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MATC: National Initiatives

The MATC initiatives include introducing new asphalt testing technology into real-world construction, assisting agencies with positive change, and promoting innovation within the asphalt industry. These innovative technologies and practices are implemented by agencies and industry to provide longer-lasting, safer and more sustainable asphalt pavements on our nation's highways. They encourage agencies to take specifications and practices to the next level to further improved pavement durability. The MATC program focuses on deploying new asphalt technologies and addressing national issues related to the implementation of innovative testing equipment.

Recent focus areas of the MATC Program include:

  1. In-place density
  2. Determination of macrotexture of asphalt mixtures during mix design phase and construction
  3. Nondestructive field technologies during asphalt pavement construction: dielectric profiling systems, paver-mounted thermal profiling, and pulse induction technology
  4. Index-based cracking tests
  5. Mixture performance testing - Asphalt Mixture Performance Tester (AMPT)
  6. Binder composition and performace testing
  7. Performance-engineered mixture design (PEMD)
  8. Stone matrix asphalt (SMA)
  9. RAP/RAS
  10. Ground Tire Rubber
Measuring core surface macrotexture in the lab Measuring asphalt thickness in the field

Updated: 04/20/2021
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