Soil Pressures Due to Aircraft Loans

by Glenn T. Baird, (M.ASCE), Sr. Research Engr.; New Mexico Engrg. Research Inst., Univ. of New Mexico, Albuquerque, N.M.,
Phillip Nash, Task Officer; Air Force Engrg. and Service Center, Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla.,

Serial Information: Transportation Engineering Journal of ASCE, 1982, Vol. 108, Issue 6, Pg. 618-631

Document Type: Journal Paper


Soil pressure gages were installed in a crushed limestone backfill of a bomb damaged runway. Measurements were made due to static and dynamic aircraft, C-130 and F-4E, wheel loads. Static pressures are compared to pressure predictions from a nonlinear, finite element computer code and indicate a good correlation. Dynamic pressures correlated with static pressures indicate 25%-50% lower pressures.

Subject Headings: Soil pressure | Dynamic pressure | Aircraft and spacecraft | Vehicle loads | Nonlinear finite element analysis | Limestone | Backfills | Explosions

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