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Washington State
Transportation Center (TRAC)

Sloan Hall, Room 101
PO Box 642910
Pullman, WA 99164-2910
Phone: 509.335.3175
Fax: 509.335.7632

1107 NE 45th St, Suite 535
UW Mailstop: Box 354802
Seattle, WA 98105
Phone: 206.543.8690
Fax: 206.685.0767

WSDOT Research Office
Transportation Building
Washington State Department
of Transportation
310 Maple Park Avenue SE
PO Box 47300
Olympia WA 98504-7300
Phone: 360.705.7000

Revised August 14, 2014
Washington State Transportation Center




A number of laboratories and other facilities are available to  TRAC researchers at WSU.            

Albrook Hydraulics Laboratory, WSU

Within this laboratory, researchers study hydraulic engineering, fluid mechanics, water resources, and fisheries engineering.  The laboratory contains flumes of various sizes, flow capacities and functions; computing facilities for test control and analysis; a 30,000 sq ft modeling floor and 7,000 sq ft of laboratories & offices.

Asphalt Materials Laboratory, WSU

This laboratory is equipped to conduct the following tests: absolute viscosity, kinematic viscosity, flash point, rolling thin film oven, penetration, asphalt extraction, kneading compaction, Hveem stability, specific gravities, and percentage of air voids.  WSU also has facilities for testing portland cement concrete and other materials.   High-Resolution X-Ray Tomography Laboratory (WAX-CT), WSU Computed tomography provides non invasive three-dimensional characterization and visualization of microstructural features within the interior of opaque solid objects and promotes the advanced characterization simulation and design of solids including, metals, ceramics, geological and biomaterials. The establishment of this facility was made possible by a grant from the US National Science Foundation, and a gift from the Murdoch Trust Foundation.

Washington Center for Asphalt Technology, WCAT

WCAT was established through partnership between Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT), the Washington Asphalt Paving Association (WAPA), and Washington State University (WSU). The National Science Foundation (NSF) has also contributed by funding the acquisition of a material testing system (NSIT0085081). The WCAT facilities are housed in Sloan Hall, home of the Civil and Environmental Engineering department on the Pullman Campus.

Wood Materials and Engineering Laboratory, WMEL

This laboratory has a 25,000-sq ft of test area to both statically and dynamically test structural specimens of up to 75 feet in length.  It also has various testing frames with up to 200-kip load capacities and a 500 kip reaction floor with two 7.5 ton overhead cranes.  A high-speed data acquisition system is available for both static and dynamic data collection.