Synthesis of Information Related to Airport Problems. Topic S10-03. Impact of Airport Pavement Deicing Products on Aircraft and Airfield Infrastructure

<p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-hyphenate: none; tab-stops: -.5in 0in .5in 1.0in 1.5in 2.0in"><span style="FONT-SIZE: 12pt"><font face="Times New Roman">Field reports increasingly suggest that the use of Pavement Deicing Products (PDPs), including alkali acetate and alkali formate products (such as sodium- and potassium- acetate and formate based products), on aprons, runways and taxiways may result in substantial damage to various aircraft and airfield infrastructure. One example is impact to carbon brakes found on modern transport aircraft.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes">  </span>Damage may result in reduced brake life, and introduces the possibility of brake failure during high-speed aborted takeoff, with the concomitant risk of fire from hydraulic fluid released during such an event.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes">  </span>Other examples include reports of cadmium corrosion, aluminum corrosion, corrosion in landing gear joints, electrical wire bundle degradation, corrosion of runway lighting fixtures, and damage to airfield infrastructure associated with the use of PDPs. </font></span><span style="FONT-SIZE: 12pt"><font face="Times New Roman">The Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) includes three deicing research projects underway at this time.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes">  </span>To avoid duplication, this synthesis will report strictly on how airports deice their airfield pavements, chemicals used, amounts applied, and evidence of associated corrosion or degradation of aircraft and airfield infrastructure.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes">  </span>The synthesis will assemble information obtained from other ACRP research projects and update that information to include quantities and types of PDPs used over the years reflected in the survey. The consultant will produce a matrix identifying specific PDPs used and their respective volumes at each respondent airport.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes">  </span>The consultant also will conduct a literature search and assemble readily available documentation of damage reported from the use of PDPs at airports, including reports from the Federal Aviation Administration; aircraft brake manufacturers, airframe manufacturers, airlines, airports, and PDP manufacturers, along with any information on outcomes from reported damage.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes">  </span>Industry groups such as Airports Council International-North America (ACI-NA), American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE), National Association of State Aviation Officials (NASAO) and Air Transport Association (ATA) will assist the consultant in obtaining relevant information.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes">  </span>Where available, cost information will be included. </font></span><span style="FONT-SIZE: 12pt"><font face="Times New Roman">Based on the information collected, the selected consultant will synthesize what was found about damage to aircraft and airfield infrastructure.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes">  </span>The consultant will also identify gaps in the existing knowledge base.<o:p></o:p></font></span></p>


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  • Status: Completed
  • Contract Numbers:

    Synthesis 11-03, Top

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Aviation Administration

    800 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, DC  USA  20591

    Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) Synthesis

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC    20001
  • Project Managers:

    Staba, Gail

  • Start Date: 20070301
  • Actual Completion Date: 20080414
  • Source Data: RiP Project 16408

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01460052
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Synthesis 11-03, Top
  • Files: TRB, RiP, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jan 3 2013 1:17PM