Full-Scale Evaluation of DuraDeck (registered trademark) and MegaDeck (trademark) Matting Systems
ENGINEER RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT CENTER VICKSBURG MS GEOTECHNICAL AND STRUCTURES LAB
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The purpose of this report is to present results from full-scale evaluations of DuraDeckR and MegaDeckTM matting systems. Both systems were evaluated under simulated aircraft traffic and 25-kip forklift traffic to determine their ability to carry aircraft and heavy vehicle loads over typical soil conditions encountered during contingency operations. The objective of the evaluation was to determine if either the DuraDeckR or MegaDeckTM matting system is a suitable alternative to AM2 matting for use as hangar and shelter flooring for the US Air Force Basic Expeditionary Airfield Resources BEAR kits. The test results showed that the DuraDeckR matting system was unable to sustain a significant number of aircraft or 25-kip forklift passes over typical natural subgrade conditions, and the MegaDeckTM matting system was unable to sustain a significant number of aircraft passes. For either system to become a suitable alternative to AM2, additional strengthening of existing soil at the hangar or shelter would be required before mat system installation.
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