Evaluation of Nontraditional Airfield Pavement Surfaces for Contingency Operations
ENGINEER RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT CENTER VICKSBURG MS GEOTECHNICAL AND STRUCTURES LAB
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During the period November 2012 through September 2013, research was conducted at the US Army Engineer Research and Development Center ERDC in Vicksburg, Mississippi, to develop pavement evaluation guidance to improve the field performance prediction for nontraditional airfield pavements used during contingency operations. Nontraditional airfield pavements investigated included wearing surfaces comprised of sand asphalt, macadam, bituminous surface treatments, or stabilized soilsaggregates. These pavement types may be encountered during contingency operations or in remote regions where traditional airfield construction materials such as asphalt or portland cement concrete are not readily available or are too cost-, labor-, or equipment-intensive to use. This report presents a review of the literature pertaining to the mechanical properties of these nontraditional materials and the development of an interim evaluation procedure for predicting the performance of these pavement types for the C-17 and C-130 aircraft. Recommendations for improving the interim evaluation procedure through field verification tests are also presented.
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