Trucking / PAVE Program

Truck on the NCAT Test Track

Trucking

The NCAT Test Track is the only accelerated pavement testing facility that combines real-world pavement construction with live, heavy truck trafficking for rapid testing and analysis of pavements. This unique resource provides fast and unambiguous results, eliminating the need to wait 15 to 20 years to see what works. In order to simulate traffic wear on the 1.7-mile test oval, our fleet of Class 8 heavy trucks operates over 750,000 miles per year. This type of research is known as accelerated pavement testing because a design lifetime of truck damage (typically 10 to 15 years) is compressed into two years, creating an excellent opportunity to affordably evaluate new technologies while simultaneously providing fleets with reliable and unbiased performance data.

The opportunity to utilize this national resource for testing transformative innovations goes beyond improving pavements. The NCAT Test Track can also be used to safely assess emerging transportation technologies such as evaluating power capabilities and emissions for dual-fuel truck engines, truck platooning, fuel-cell power technologies for buses, micro-sensors built into the roadway for detecting radiation, infrastructure to vehicle communication systems, and more.

Program for Advanced Vehicle Evaluation (PAVE)

PAVE serves as the operational mechanism and outdoor laboratory for Auburn University's Transportation Research Initiative. Trucking operations at the track provide an excellent opportunity to study issues important to the trucking industry in a highly controlled and cost-effective manner. The PAVE research program provides vendors with the opportunity to affordably evaluate new technologies while simultaneously providing fleets with reliable and unbiased performance data.

We offer customized research including:Type II, Type III, and Type IV SAE/TMC fuel economy studies; component durability testing; cab vibration reduction and driver fatigue research; facility use; comparing synthetic vs. conventional fuels and lubricants; and analyzing pavement damage resulting from conventional dual tires versus wide-base single tires. Download our Trucking Industry Research Services Flyer or contact Jennifer Dukes for more information.

PAVE Reports

Closed Crankcase Retrofit Type II Fuel Economy Test
Counteract Balancing Beads Type II Fuel Economy Test
DSX Oil Additive Type II Fuel Economy Test
Evans NPG + Type II Fuel Economy Test
I-PHI Partial Hydrogen Injection Type II Fuel Economy Test
Strataclear CO2 Reducer Removal Efficiency and Fuel Economy Impact
Type IV Fuel Economy Report for Omega-Tec Information Packet on PAVE fleet to NTRCI