Research & Development

Research and development (R&D) is one of Global Road Technology’s core strategic pillars. Our goal is to dominate through technical excellence. Towards this, all business units and processes feed back into the R&D development team allowing GRT to have directed and mission critical R&D objectives.

  • Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR)
  • Nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR)
  • Thermogravimetric analysis (TGA)
  • Differential scanning calorimetry (DSC)
  • Scanning electron microscopy (SEM)
  • Transmission electron microscopy (TEM)
  • Atomic force microscopy (AFM)
  • Elemental Analysis (GC-MASS)
  • X-Ray Diffraction (XRD)
  • Gel permeation chromatography (GPC)
  • Rheometry
  • PH
  • Accelerated Aging

Scientific data is carefully documented in GRT’s proprietary R&D module of the RMS information technology system. This allows GRT researchers to quickly cross-reference experimental results to identify key drivers for required outcomes.

Exploiting these key drivers allows GRT to create exciting new formulations directed at specific real life problem areas. All new formulations are tested in the GRT geotechnical laboratory in terms of unconfined compression strength (UCS), soaked and unsoaked Californian Bearing Ratio (CBR), Capillary rise, etc. to establish baseline suitability of the formulation to treat a particular soil type. Results are once again recorded in the GRT RMS system, providing GRT with an extensive database of polymer formations ideally suited to substantially improve specific soil types for specific environmental conditions.

The final stage of the R&D process is to perform field trials where the field performance is tested and recorded on a monthly basis from 6 months to a year, depending on test variability. Formulations that pass this vigorous process are either guarded as trade secrets or patented.