Airfield Pavement Smoothness Requirements
ARMY ENGINEER WATERWAYS EXPERIMENT STATION VICKSBURG MS
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This investigation was undertaken to determine the influence of airfield pavement surface roughness upon aircraft operations and to develop more realistic airfield pavement surface smoothness criteria for the construction of new airfield pavements based upon aircraft and aircraft crew operational requirements. Based upon a literature review of previous efforts in the area of pavement roughness, the human response criteria to whole body vibration were selected as the criteria for assessing the severity of aircraft response resulting from ground operations. Field tests were conducted using instrumented aircraft to measure the acceleration response of the aircraft at three locations within the fuselage during a series of ground operations. The profiles of the test site runways were also measured. The results of these tests provided a direct measure of the influence of a known runway surface on the response of the aircraft system and information for the verification of the computer code used during the subsequent analytical phase of the investigation. Aircraft response data were measured for both the B-52 and the boeing 727 aircraft.
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