At the Nottingham Transportation Engineering Centre (NTEC) we evaluate the engineering, environmental and sustainable aspects of elements of road, rail, dock and airfield infrastructure. We perform laboratory assessment of materials that construct pavements, and we are concerned with the sustainability of transportation infrastructure, the management and maintenance of the infrastructure asset.
Our mission statement
Our mission is to be an internationally renowned centre of excellence in transportation engineering, providing a focus for fundamental and applied research and technical service support for the pavement industry.
This mission will be achieved in the following areas:
- Pavement and rail track design and performance
- Management of transport infrastructure assets
- Mechanical and environmental property evaluation of materials used in the transport infrastructure
- Sustainable transport infrastructure and the environment
NTEC structures itself around research themes to achieve this mission, reflecting the needs of the industries it relates to, and interacts with. The research activities can be broadly grouped under three headings; theory, implementation, and validation.
Fundamental research tends to be longer term relying, to a large extent, on Research Council funding. It underpins the more applied near-market research which has always attracted a high level of industrial support. By validating and applying the results with industry research is put into engineering practice. Collaboration with industry provides a direct source of information about current issues and problems as well as a valuable source of project support.
Research undertaken by NTEC provides a means for industry to benefit through technology transfer, by providing improved design methods and cost-effective products and processes. Technology transfer is facilitated through a number of routes, including Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs), short courses, and dialogue through the Nottingham Asphalt Research Consortium.