Cassie Castorena

Associate Professor

  • 919-515-6411
  • Mann Hall 431A

Dr. Cassie Castorena is an Associate Professor in the Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering at North Carolina State University. She is interested in multi-scale characterization of asphalt materials, asphalt binder modification, asphalt pavement design, and asphalt pavement distress mechanisms.

Education

Ph.D.

Civil and Environmental Engineering

University of Wisconsin-Madison

M.S.

Civil and Environmental Engineering

University of Wisconsin-Madison

B.S.

Civil and Environmental Engineering

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Research Description

Dr. Castorena's research is focused on characterization of asphalt materials. Specifically, her work utilizes multi-scale characterization to develop a fundamental understanding of asphalt binders and their interaction with mineral aggregates. This work aims to improve our methods for asphalt pavement material selection and design. Additionally, she investigates the use of innovative alternative cement binders and asphalt modification technology for improved pavement sustainability.

Publications

Addressing raveling resistance in chip seal specifications
Adams, J., Castorena, C., Im, J. H., Ilias, M., & Kim, Y. R. (2017), Transportation Research Record, (2612), 39–46.
Application of time-temperature superposition principle on fatigue failure analysis of asphalt binder
Wang, C., Castrorena, C., Zhang, J. X., & Kim, Y. R. (2017), Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering, 29(1).
Evaluation of small specimen geometries for asphalt mixture performance testing and pavement performance prediction
Lee, K., Pape, S., Castorena, C., & Kim, Y. R. (2017), Transportation Research Record, (2631), 74–82.
Investigation of proper long-term laboratory aging temperature for performance testing of asphalt concrete
Rad, F. Y., Elwardany, M. D., Castorena, C., & Kim, Y. R. (2017), Construction & Building Materials, 147, 616–629.
Material nonlinearity in asphalt binder fatigue testing and analysis
Safaei, F., & Castorena, C. (2017), Materials & Design, 133, 376–389.
A framework to characterize the healing potential of asphalt binder using the linear amplitude sweep test
Xie, W., Castorena, C., Wang, C., & Kim, Y. R. (2017), Construction and Building Materials, 154, 771–779.
Blending measurements in mixtures with reclaimed asphalt use of scanning electron microscopy with X-ray analysis
Castorena, C., Pape, S., & Mooney, C. (2016), Transportation Research Record, (2574), 57–63.
Identifying fatigue failure in asphalt binder time sweep tests
Wang, C., Zhang, H., Castorena, C., Zhang, J. X., & Kim, Y. R. (2016), Construction & Building Materials, 121, 535–546.
Linking asphalt binder fatigue to asphalt mixture fatigue performance using viscoelastic continuum damage modeling
Safaei, F., Castorena, C., & Kim, Y. R. (2016), Mechanics of Time-Dependent Materials, 20(3), 299–323.
Nanoindentation and atomic force microscopy investigations of asphalt binder and mastic
Veytskin, Y., Bobko, C., & Castorena, C. (2016), Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering, 28(6).

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Grants

Calibration of Structural Layer Coefficients for North Carolina Asphalt Pavements
NC Department of Transportation(8/01/18 - 7/31/20)
Improving the Design of RAP and RAS Mixtures
NC Department of Transportation(8/01/18 - 7/31/20)
Ruggedness and Interlaboratory Studies for Asphalt Mixture Performance Tester (AMPT) Cylcic Fatigue test
Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)(9/28/17 - 3/27/20)
Use of Rejuvenator Prior to Chip Seal on Aged Flexible Pavement
NC Department of Transportation(8/01/17 - 7/31/19)
Implementation of the Tack Lifter
NC Department of Transportation(3/01/17 - 6/30/18)
Quantifying the Impact of Crack Sealant on Pavement Surface Friction
NC Department of Transportation(8/01/16 - 12/31/18)
Re-Appraisal of the Specification for Aggregate Base Course (ABC)
NC Department of Transportation(8/01/15 - 12/31/17)
Renewable Paving Binders from Top-lit Updraft Kilning of Biomass
National Science Foundation (NSF)(6/15/15 - 5/31/19)
Development of Small Specimen Geometry for Asphalt Mixture Performance Testing
National Academy of Sciences(1/01/15 - 6/30/17)
Comparing Performance of Full Depth Asphalt Pavements and Aggregate Base Pavements in NC
NC Department of Transportation(8/16/14 - 7/31/17)