Expeditionary Rubber Removal Capability
Final technical rept. 1 Oct 2005-30 Nov 2006
APPLIED RESEARCH ASSOCIATES INC TYNDALL AFB FL
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The Airfield Operating Surfaces team from the Air Force Research Laboratory AFRLMLQD conducted research to examine the feasibility of using a small lightweight airfield rubber removal equipment package that could be used in expeditionary environments. The equipment package was built around detergent rubber removal techniques. An equipment package consisting of a single Toolcat with broom and sprayer attachments augmented with a 1,000 gal water trailer and 1,500 gal water truck achieved a production rate of 91,000 sf in 5.75 hrs on asphalt and 75,000 sf in 6.5 hrs on concrete while removing 90 to 95 of the rubber deposits. These rates are equivalent to 95 and 70 of the production rates of commercial companies with large equipment packages. A detailed parts list of all the equipment used to reach these rates is included in appendix A. The cost of one fully equipped Toolcat is approximately 45,000. The cost of one water tender trailer with wash down nozzles is approximately 20,000. A set of bristles for the broom costs approximately 1500 plus shipping. The Avion 50 costs between 530 and 630 plus shipping for a 55 gallon drum. Avion 50 can be obtained in air shippable 5 gallon pales for approximately 90 per pale plus shipping. A C-130 transportable package is proposed. This package contains two Toolcats with brooms and spray booms, bladders, pumps, hoses, and enough Avion 50 to clean 360,000 sf. The bladder, pumps and hoses will be placed on four host vehiclestrailers to create sufficient water support.
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