Design and Evaluation of Aircraft Pavements—1971

by Frederick R. Martin, Dir.; Directorate of Social and Res. Services, Property Services Agency, Dept. of the Envir., Croydon, U.K.,
Raymond F. A. Judge, Head of Aircraft Pavements Br.; Directorate of Civ. Engrg. Development, Property Services Agency, Dept. of the Envir., Croydon, U.K.,
Maurice B. Chammings, Sr. Civ. Engr.; Directorate of Civ. Engrg. Development, Property Services Agency, Dept. of the Envir., Croydon, U.K.,


Serial Information: Transportation Engineering Journal of ASCE, 1973, Vol. 99, Issue 4, Pg. 785-799


Document Type: Journal Paper

Abstract: A system has been evolved by which any aircraft may be assigned a numerical value, dependent on the aircraft weight, tire pressure, and number and spacing of its wheels. Procedures for the design of supporting structures are given that theoretically relate construction thickness, subgrade strength, and pavement stress with the same scale used to evaluate aircraft. Analogs represent from experience the construction which best meets the different functional requirements of the various areas of pavement which make up an aerodrome. Pavement evaluation is carried out in reverse of the design procedure. Guidance material is given for the application of the system by aerodrome authorities and aircraft operators for unlimited, occasional, and emergency categories of usage. The system described not only imparts this knowledge but does so without recourse to a confusion of technical parameters. Furthermore, it overcomes the limitations of the current recommended procedures of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).

Subject Headings: Pavement design | Aircraft and spacecraft | Vehicle-pavement interaction | Construction management | Numerical methods | Spacing | Structural design | Thickness

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