Validation of FRP Matting Requirements
Geotechnical and Structures Laboratory, U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center Vicksburg
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The U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center executed a field demonstration for the Air Force Civil Engineer Center to validate requirements for using Fiber Reinforced Polymer FRP matting as a foreign object debris cover when repairing damaged airfield pavements using crushed stone. A side-by-side comparison between FRP and folded fiberglass matting FFM was performed on simulated small, medium, and large craters in Portland cement concrete and asphalt concrete pavements. The demonstration took place at the Silver Flag Exercise Site at Tyndall AFB, Florida. Experienced non-commissioned officers from multiple units performed the crater repairs and matting installations. Tools, processes, and team requirements were evaluated during the demonstration. Results from the demonstration indicate that FRP matting can be installed faster than FFM, and simulated traffic tests proved that FRP can meet the minimum traffic requirements.