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Title: Evaluation of Supa-Trac matting for expeditionary roads
Authors: United States. Marine Corps Systems Command.
Rushing, Timothy W.
Tingle, Jeb S.
McCaffrey, Timothy J.
Rushing, Todd S.
Keywords: Beach crossing
Expeditionary roads
Mat system
Mat road
Temporary road
Textile fabrics
Cold regions
Publisher: Geotechnical and Structures Laboratory (U.S.)
Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.)
Series/Report no.: ERDC/GSL TR ; 09-24.
Description: Technical Report
Abstract: The Supa-Trac commercial matting system was evaluated for use as an expedient road surfacing for both beach and mudflat crossing scenarios. Full-scale test sections of the mat systems were constructed over sand and mud in both temperate and cold climates. Temperate tests were conducted at the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center, Vicksburg, MS, and cold climate tests were conducted at Fort McCoy, WI. The cold climate test was conducted to determine if the mat exhibited brittle failure behavior when trafficked in sub-freezing temperatures. The mats were trafficked with a fully loaded 7-ton (-6350-kg) military truck. Mat deformation and damage were monitored at traffic intervals up to 3,500 truck passes. The performance data were analyzed, and the mats were evaluated on their ability to sustain traffic. The mat system was further evaluated on the basis of rate of deployment, logistical footprint, and cost. Based on the results of the full-scale test sections, the matting performed satisfactorily in the beach crossing scenario, but failed to achieve the desired results for the mudflat crossing. Additionally, the matting system exhibited brittle failure behavior when trafficked in sub-freezing temperatures.
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