Research in Airport Pavements.
NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES WASHINGTON D C TRANSPORTATION RESEARCH BOARD
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At the request of the Federal Aviation Administration, the Transportation Research Board conducted a conference on research in airport pavements to present the findings from recent research activities by FAA, to invite comments on the conclusions from these findings, and to address areas of future research needs. Based on presentations and discussions at the conference, research results that can now be implemented are in the following areas a The pavement-aircraft compatibility study provides a basis for trade-offs between aircraft and pavement design b aircraft distribution on airport pavements can be resonably defined for design and rehabilitation purposes c mix design and construction procedures for fibrous concrete are adequate to permit its use where appropriate d mix design and construction procedures are adequate for porous friction courses and performance data demonstrate their suitability for in-service use e suitable equipment and procedures are available for measuring pavement unevenness and f statistical quality control and quality assurance procedures are well defined for use in pavement construction and rehabilitation. Areas needing further study are a documentation of pavement performance, especially the establishment of a framework and methodology for the systematic and continuous monitoring of pavement systems b establishment of procedures for nondestructive testing and pavement evaluation and c development of improved pavement design and rehabilitation procedures together with data for these procedures including criteria for pavement unevenness for new surface construction, effects of frost on pavement performance, soil strength evaluation procedures.
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