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MATC: Testing Capabilities

Dating back to 1988, the MATC has a longstanding history of providing technical assistance to agencies and industry partners with the implementation of new technologies and innovative design procedures, materials evaluation, and testing methods. The MATC facilitates innovation by interacting with all members of the asphalt pavement community.

The MATC includes a mobile Superpave laboratory equipped with state-of-the-art materials, mixtures, and field testing equipment.

Technologies aboard the MATC include:
Mixture Tests Materials Tests Field Tests
AMPT suite of tests (|E*|, cyclic fatigue, stress sweep rutting) X-Ray Fluorescence (XRF) Spectrometer for chemical elements of materials Paver-mounted thermal profiling for real-time mat temperatures
Overlay Test for reflective cracking ABT (true grade of binder) Pulse induction MIT-Scan-T3 for in-place pavement thickness
View how it works: MIT T3 Instructional Video - YouTube
Flexibility index test (I-FIT) for fracture resistance ∗ FTIR looks at molecules in binder (lime, polymers,...) Circular Track Meter for measuring mean profile depth
ITC (IDEAL-CT) for crack resistance ∗ Binder performance testing Dielectric profiling system (DPS) for in-place density
IDEAL-RT for rutting resistance   Non-contact laser-based texture scanner for macrotexture
* Hamburg Wheel Tracking Test

* Done at Turner Fairbank Highway Research Center's Asphalt Binder Mixture Laboratory- Implementation and Delivery (ABML-ID)

Equipment Loan Program

Upon request and depending on availability, the MATC can loan its materials and field testing equipment to State DOTs and their paving industry and/or academic partners. With increasingly tighter budgets, it can be challenging for State DOTs to purchase new equipment that may benefit them, but without being certain that it will meet their needs. The MATC equipment loan program allows them to first evaluate the equipment before purchasing and incorporating the new technologies into their specifications. This program can also assist agencies and their industry partners in making cost-effective decisions in advancing asphalt technologies to maximize benefits.

The equipment loan form can be downloaded here: and includes information on how to request a loan from FHWA.

Onsite activities offered by the MATC can include:

  • Evaluating equipment and equipment training in the field on real-time projects;
  • Demonstrating test methods and equipment through on-site support;
  • Developing case examples from on-site innovation trials;
  • Providing independent review of QA, materials, and construction specifications;
  • Offering an equipment loan program to agencies and industry;
  • Providing a rotational assignment experience for FHWA Division Office and Federal Lands Highways engineers;
  • Material characterization; and,
  • Introducing and implementing new standards, equipment, and materials through hands-on demonstration and training.

Technologies available at the Asphalt Binder and Mixture Laboratory - Implementation and Delivery (ABML-ID) include:

Photo source: FHWA unless otherwise noted
Updated: 10/05/2021
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