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Title: Expedient road construction over sands using lightweight mats
Authors: Webster, Steve L.
Tingle, Jeb S.
Keywords: Construction platforms
Expedient surfacings
Logistics-Over-The-Shore (LOTS)
Contingency pavements
Force projection
Road construction
Expedient roads
Lightweight mats
Issue Date: Jun-1998
Publisher: Geotechnical Laboratory (U.S.)
Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.)
Series/Report no.: Technical report (U.S. Army Engineer Waterways Experiment Station) ; GL-98-10.
Description: Technical Report
Abstract: This report describes field experiments conducted using lightweight mats for expedient road construction over sands. Field sections were constructed and trafficked over a poorly graded sand (SP) subgrade. Experiment items were trafficked with 5,000 passes of a 41,600-lb, 5-ton military truck. Experiment results showed that an aluminum hexagonal mat, a plastic hexagonal mat, and a fiberglass-reinforced mat are capable of providing structural support to military traffic over sand subgrades. An unreinforced and a reinforced plastic mesh mat were not capable of withstanding the applied traffic and are unsuitable for supporting substantial amounts of military traffic.
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