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Title: Summary of investigations of effects of jet blast, fuel spillage, and traffic on experimental tar-rubber-concrete pavements
Authors: United States. Army. Office of the Chief of Engineers
U.S. Army Engineer Waterways Experiment Station
Keywords: Pavements, Asphalt concrete
Blast effect
Jet planes fuel
Publisher: U.S. Army Engineer Waterways Experiment Station.
Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.)
Description: Technical memorandum
Introduction: This summary presents the results of investigations conducted by the Corps of Engineers to date (July 1955) relative to the performance of tar-rubber paving surfaces under simulated and actual jet aircraft operations. Since the advent of jet-propelled aircraft, the U. S. Ai Force has been concerned with requirements necessary for construction of aircraft landing facilities to withstand the effects of jet blast, fuel spillage, and high-pressure-tire traffic on the surfaces of runways, taxiways, and aprons. As a result, the Corps of Engineers, in conjunction with the U. S. Air Force, initiated a comprehensive investigational program in 1952 to determine the ability of tar-rubber-concrete pavement to withstand the distress that jet-type aircraft sometimes cause to certain types of bituminous surfaces. A laboratory investigation of tar-rubber materials and mixes was undertaken at the Waterways Experiment Station in 1952. Field test sections have been constructed and tested at the following locations to compare the merits of asphaltic concrete and tar-rubber concrete: Hunter Air Force Base, Georgia, in 1952; Presque Isle Air Force Base, Maine, in 1952; and Waterways Experiment Station in 1953. Tar-rubber-concrete pavements were built in October 1953 at McChord Air Force Base, Washington, and Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona, and observations have been made of the effect of jet-aircraft operations on these pavements. In addition, blast tests with a new type jet fighter plane were made on the tar-rubber pavements at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base. Reports on construction of the test pavements at Hunter, Presque Isle, McChord, and Williams, Arizona, Air Force Bases have been issued by the Corps of Engineers Divisions or Districts concerned. The conclusions in this summary should be considered as those currently apparent from tests and observations made up to July 1955 and not as final or all-conclusions. Reports containing substantiating data are being prepared from which more definite conclusions will be derived.
Rights: Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited.
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