Pavement Materials for ASTOVL Aircraft Application

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by Larry Muszynski, Applied Research Associates Inc, Tyndall AFB, United States,
Charles E. Bailey, Applied Research Associates Inc, Tyndall AFB, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Aircraft/Pavement Interaction: An Integrated System

Abstract: Jet blast impingement on concrete is a problem today and will worsen when the new vectored-thrust aircraft become operational. Ground erosion has already been observed under the auxiliary power units of the Air Force B-1 and the Navy FA/18. Tests performed in this study show that explosive spalling will occur in conventional concretes under the extreme heating proposed for future vectored-thrust aircraft. This paper discusses the first phase of research by the Air Force Engineering and Services Center which addresses the issue of alternate materials to meet this problem. Twenty-four samples were tested using the British Aerospace 1/5th scale Ground Erosion Rig at British Aerospace.

Subject Headings: Aircraft and spacecraft | Construction materials | Erosion | Explosions | Spalling | Concrete pavements | Thrust | Blasting effects |

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