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Facilities

Advanced Transportation Research and Engineering Laboratory

The 60,000-square-foot Advanced Transportation Research and Engineering Laboratory features continuing education classrooms, office space, a technical library and a computer facility. ATREL is a unique and comprehensive transportation research, educational and testing laboratory within the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

ATREL provides high-quality transportation education and research and advances the state of knowledge by developing innovative, economical and reliable technologies for airport, highway and rail systems.

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A researcher measures hot-mix-asphalt specimens in preparation for testing with servo-hydraulic equipment.

Materials Processing Facility

The Materials Paving Facility stores and processes materials used in highway research. This facility houses the equipment necessary for sieving aggregates as well as sawing and coring asphalt and concrete to test specific geometries. In addition to the sample-preparation equipment, MPF also contains several servo-hydraulic load frames and large-scale triaxial testing machines.

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The tile saw prepares hot-mix asphalt field core specimens for the Illinois Flexibility Index Test, which predicts an asphalt concrete mixture’s cracking resistance.