Behind the Scenes in an Asphalt Lab: Binder Lab Compliance

This article presents an interview with Wes Cooper, the Asphalt Binder Laboratory Manager at the Asphalt Institute, focusing on binder lab compliance. Topics covered include how the Asphalt Institute lab stays in compliance with industry standards; strategies to maintain accreditation; the state-of-the-art equipment in the laboratory and how it is serviced and kept modernized; the equipment used the most in the laboratory, notably the Dynamic Shear Rheometer (DSR); training for the technicians in the laboratory; the use and purpose of round robin tests with other laboratories; and the benefits of compliance. One section summarizes the keys to laboratory compliance to current testing specifications, including AASHTO, ASTM, etc. Mr. Cooper emphasizes the important role of the attitude and confidence of the technicians who work in the laboratory.


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Photos;
  • Pagination: pp 27-31
  • Serial:
    • Asphalt
    • Volume: 31
    • Issue Number: 1
    • Publisher: Asphalt Institute
    • ISSN: 0004-4954

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01599837
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 21 2016 1:22PM