Smooth Take-Off

by Harry Schmerl, P.E., (F.ASCE), Chief Civil Engr.; Port Authority of New York and New Jersey,
Raymond Zee, P.E., (M.ASCE), Pavement Management System Staff Services Engineer; Port Authority of New York and New Jersey,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1997, Vol. 67, Issue 2, Pg. 64-66

Document Type: Feature article


Rough runway pavement can make for a bumpy flight and nervous passengers. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey uses an advanced software package to detect and mitigate rough spots in a timely and cost-efficient manner. Recent airline tragedies have focused attention on aircraft safety. One major concern is aircraft fatigue, especially for older planes. As pavement engineers, we try to minimize aircraft fatigue by constructing and maintaining smooth pavements and reducing the unnecessary stress inflicted by pavements that are rough.

Subject Headings: Pavement surface roughness | Aircraft and spacecraft | Fatigue (material) | Airport and airfield pavements | Flight | Passengers | Ports and harbors | Computer software | United States | New York | New Jersey

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