James Michael Bourne, Jr.
Department: Civil Engineering
Mentor: Dr. Nicholas Brake
Title: A Low Cost Next-Generation Pavement Damage Detection Technique"
Nearly $40 billion dollars are appropriated every year by the U.S. Federal government for road maintenance. To curtail some of these costs, novel pavement preservation strategies have recently been employed like using early damage detection techniques, high strength materials, and optimized rehabilitation timing strategies. This research project will explore the possibility of using a low-cost infrared camera to detect the onset of early damage in five different paving materials under varying environmental conditions. If successful, this technique may be used on a large scale pavement system and potentially allow workers to fix problem spots before repair becomes very costly.