Synthesis of Information Related to Airport Problems. Topic S09-01. Rubber Removal Techniques to Minimize Damage on Grooved Runways

<p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-hyphenate: none; tab-stops: -.5in 0in .5in 1.0in 1.5in 2.0in"><font face="Times New Roman" size="3">Rubber deposits accumulate with each aircraft operation on a runway.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes">  </span>Build ups of these deposits reduce friction. Grooved runways provide an increased level of safety at airports by preventing water from accumulating and therefore reducing the potential for hydroplaning.<span style="COLOR: black"><span style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </span></span>Periodic removal of excess rubber is therefore required.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes">  </span>A number of large commercial airports have recently voiced concerns that the varying methods of rubber removal were damaging the runway pavements and associated grooves, resulting in thousands of dollars in repair costs. </font><span style="COLOR: black"><font size="3"><font face="Times New Roman">There are numerous removal techniques that produce varying results.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes">  </span>In addition, the quality of each technique varies from operator to operator, with effects ranging from highly damaging to no damage whatsoever.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes">  </span>Much of the equipment used in these operations is proprietary, further complicating the efforts to standardize specifications for effective rubber removal.</font></font></span><o:p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font></o:p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3">The FAA AC 150-5320-12C provides guidance on Measurement, Construction, and Maintenance of Skid-resistant Airport Pavement Surfaces.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes">  </span>The circular identifies common rubber removal techniques, and provides limited guidance.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes">  </span>This report will synthesize grooved runway rubber removal practices at North American airports and all techniques used.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes">  </span>Results will provide a set of best practices and highlight effective procedures that minimize damage to runway pavements and associated grooves.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </span>Any patterns of pavement surface damage that could be attributed to rubber removal will also be synthesized. </font><font size="3"><font face="Times New Roman">Experience has shown that rubber removal methods are as much art as science.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes">  </span>Previous research is sparse.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes">  </span>To move from art to science, standard performance measures need to be identified to assess the effectiveness of the rubber removal process.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </span>Successful specifications and standards will be shared industry-wide in this report.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes">  </span>Airports contacted should include those that contract and those that perform rubber removal with in-house resources, including small to large, multi-runway airports.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </span>Thirty to fifty surveys are expected, as a minimum. </font></font><font face="Times New Roman" size="3">The synthesis will include a literature review, survey, and evaluation of survey results and a summary of common practices.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </span></font></p>


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $25000.00
  • Contract Numbers:

    Synthesis11-03, Topi

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Aviation Administration

    800 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, DC  United States  20591

    Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) Synthesis

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

    Staba, Gail

  • Start Date: 20070601
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20081201
  • Source Data: RiP Project 16406

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  • Accession Number: 01462685
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Synthesis11-03, Topi
  • Files: TRB, RiP, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jan 3 2013 2:08PM