OTREC’s broad research program addresses complex transportation problems by drawing on multiple disciplines, including engineering, planning, economics and design, at our four member universities and beyond. The combined expertise allows OTREC to explore ways to move people and goods sustainably. Research projects also address broader transportation initiatives designed to investigate and build research capacity. Check out the featured projects below or use the search box at right to browse research or search for a specific project.
Durability of Recycled Concrete Aggregates in New Concrete
Public demand for recycled concrete aggregate continues to rise, but there are many barriers to its increased use, including the lack of technical data on long-term durability and the potential for alkali-silica reaction (ASR). In this project, Oregon State University’s Jason H. Ideker researches methods that can detect the potential for ASR in recycled concrete pavement and generates data needed for the material to gain wider acceptance and use.
Read more: Durability Assessment of Recycled Concrete Aggregates for use in New Concrete
Rethinking Transportation in Suburbia
Suburban multifamily housing is the fastest-growing housing market in the country, with townhouses, condominiums and apartments adding density, often close to commercial areas. That provides a high potential for walking and cycling and mixed-use development, yet this potential rarely becomes a reality. University of Oregon professor Nico Larco explores why disconnected developments predominate in suburbia and considers ways to create more-livable, less-congested communities.
Read more: Overlooked Density: Re-Thinking Transportation Options in Suburbia