Measurement of Surface Macrotexture on Runways of Airports: Texturometers Laser Versus Traditional Methods of Measurement

Because of the impact that is produced on the safety of aircraft operations, surface macrotexture is a vital parameter in airport runways. In the present document are described different measurement methods to determine this parameter. It is made a comparative analysis between traditional volumetric methods and, besides, between them and those texturometers which are using laser technology, including the three-dimensional one. For this purpose, there are presented the results of tests of two different pavement surface layers performed on airports runways. Besides, the authors review other comparative studies and other optical methods for measuring pavements textures. In the end of the article comes a section of conclusions advising the use of 3D texturometer laser, as a method of measuring the surface macrotexture and MPD (Mean Profile Depth). Besides there are used digital devices to obtain texture values which could be easily adapted to the Sand and Grease Patch tests.


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Media Info

  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Figures; Photos; References;
  • Pagination: 16p
  • Monograph Title: 2014 FAA Worldwide Airport Technology Transfer Conference Proceedings: Innovations in Airport Safety and Pavement Technology

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01538296
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: S10030
  • Files: TRIS, ATRI, USDOT
  • Created Date: Sep 9 2014 6:39AM