Performance of Unbound Layers of a Flexible Pavement System During Aircraft Loading

The objective is to study the compaction characteristics of various aggregate materials used for construction of a flexible pavement system using a combination of laboratory tests and field data available from the National Airport Pavement Test Facility (NAPTF). The laboratory test will be conducted using the Superpave Gyratory Compactor (SGC), which can simulate trafficking conditions. The efficacy of using the SGC as a better tool to predict the performance of these aggregate materials during trafficking will also be confirmed. In addition, the performance degradation of the material due to crushing will also be studied and correlated with performance measures that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) uses for quality control of aggregate to study at what level of trafficking the aggregate does not meet quality control standards including shape, angularity, and grain size distribution. In addition, a micro-mechanical framework for characterizing the material behavior of the aggregate will be investigated. The study will contribute to a significant improvement in the design methodology used for design of airport pavements and provide a better understanding of the performance of pavement systems especially due to heavy aircraft loads with complex gear configuration.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Program Information: Aviation Grants


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $135116.00
  • Contract Numbers:


  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Aviation Administration

    William J. Hughes Technical Center, Atlantic City International Airport
    Atlantic City, NJ  United States  08405
  • Project Managers:

    Brill, David

  • Performing Organizations:

    Rowan University

    College of Engineering
    201 Mullica Hill Road
    Glassboro, NJ  United States  08028
  • Start Date: 20110714
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20130113
  • Source Data: RiP Project 30189

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01569537
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Department of Transportation
  • Contract Numbers: 2011-G-008
  • Files: RIP, STATEDOT
  • Created Date: Jul 15 2015 1:01AM