Investigating the Potential Alternative Materials and Configurations for EMAS Design

An engineered material arresting system (EMAS) is often used at airports where a full runway safety area (RSA) cannot be provided. An EMAS is positioned within the RSA and is made of an energy absorbing material that brings an aircraft rapidly and safely to a stop. ACRP Report 29: Developing Improved Civil Aircraft Arresting Systems (2009) evaluated alternative EMAS materials and potential active arrestor designs for civil aircraft applications. Since the report’s publication, significant development in materials and technologies have occurred, indicating a need to update the research. Additionally, exploring options for systems to arrest aircraft at small airports would be beneficial. The objective of this research is to investigate potential alternative materials, configurations, and technologies for EMAS design. The research should help practitioners identify which application(s) may be most appropriate for their unique need, including those of GA airports.


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  • Status: Proposed
  • Funding: $575000
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 04-28

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Airport Cooperative Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC    20001

    Federal Aviation Administration

    800 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, DC  United States  20591
  • Project Managers:

    Schatz, Theresia

  • Start Date: 20200818
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 0

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01748072
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 04-28
  • Files: TRB, RiP
  • Created Date: Aug 17 2020 3:04PM