Criteria Development to Evaluate Runway Roughness

by Benjamin Frank McCullough, (M.ASCE), Assoc. Prof. of Civ. Engrg.; Univ. of Texas at Austin, Austin, Tex.,
David Charles Steitle, Engr.; Wilbur Smith Assocs., Houston, Tex.,

Serial Information: Transportation Engineering Journal of ASCE, 1975, Vol. 101, Issue 2, Pg. 345-363

Document Type: Journal Paper


Progression of a study to develop criteria for the evaluation of runway roughness (or unevenness) is traced. An experiment is explained in which two runways are evaluated for roughness using the subjective ratings of airplane pilots and the analysis of the runway surface profiles as measured by the Surface Dynamics Profilometer. A characteristics response frequency of aircraft that use the runways is calculated, combined with information on amplitudes of waves in sections of the runways used, and compared with the pilots' ratings.

Subject Headings: Airport and airfield pavements | Ratings | Aircraft and spacecraft | Surface waves | Hydraulic roughness | Dynamic analysis | Frequency response | Comparative studies

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