Aircraft-Pavement Compatibility Study
Final rept. May 1971-Nov 1973
ARMY ENGINEER WATERWAYS EXPERIMENT STATION VICKSBURG MS
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An economic analysis was performed to relate pavement upgrading cost to penalty cost associated with adding gears and wheels to aircraft in order to provide adequate flotation for present-day pavement design criteria. A basic assumption was made that the widebody jets and a 15-million-lb aircraft Categories I and II aircraft, respectively would use the projected 26 major hub airports by the year 1985. Three gear types were designed for Categories I and II aircraft current-flotation compatible with present pavement criteria median-compromise design considering present pavement criteria and optimal gear for aircraft structure and optimal-gear optimized for aircraft structure with no regard for pavement flotation requirements. Costs were based on each gear type for both categories of aircraft. Pavement data were surveyed for all projected 1985 major hub airports. Rigid and flexible pavement thicknesses were determined for Categories I and II aircraft.
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