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Title: Comparison of MO-Mat and prototype replicas for expeditionary roads
Authors: Rushing, Timothy W.
Rowland, James F.
Keywords: Military roads--Design and construction
Glass fibers
Publisher: Geotechnical and Structures Laboratory (U.S.)
Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.)
Series/Report no.: ERDC/GSL TR;12-18
Abstract: Abstract: The MO-Mat roadway matting system used by the U.S. Marine Corps is no longer manufactured. Laboratory and full-scale evaluations were conducted on the MO-Mat system to establish a baseline for its performance characteristics for comparison with the performance of potential replacement systems. Additionally, two MO-Mat replicas manufactured with different resins were produced by GFI, Inc. These replica systems were evaluated in the laboratory and under full-scale conditions on a sand test section for comparison to the original MO-Mat. All mat sections were trafficked with a fully loaded 7-ton military truck. Based on the results of the full-scale test sections, the original MO-Mat and both replicas sustained 2,000 truck passes without significant damage over loose sand; however, the rate of rut formation for traffic over the replica systems was accelerated when compared to the original. Only the original MO-Mat system was evaluated over mud and cold climate test sections. The original MO-Mat sustained 140 passes over a 5 CBR mud section and did not exhibit brittle failure behavior in the cold climate testing when trafficked in sub-freezing temperatures.
Description: Technical Report
Rights: Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited.
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