Analysis of Runway Pavement Distress Using Embedded Instrumentation

Airport pavements are constantly impacted by the heavy braking, and turning of aircraft that are major contributors to pavement failures such as surface shoving and slippage cracking; pavements are also greatly affected by high ambient and in-pavement temperatures during summer months. To detect airport pavement failures, the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) implemented and installed strain gages in pavements at a few select major airports. This research focuses on results analyzed from strain gages installed by FAA that show pavement failures at the intersection of runway 4R-22L and High-Speed Taxiway N (HST-N) at Newark International Airport (EWR). Data from the pavement was collected by a data acquisition cabinet and transferred to a database for data analysis. The strain gage readings are described in technical terms, and the physical separation over time between the asphalt base layer and upper repaved layer is demonstrated. It is seen that non-destructive testing using embedded sensors can give warnings of pavement distresses that ultimately lead to failure. Statistical analysis using the Kolmogorov-Smirnov test and the differences between means test further confirm the pavement failures detected by the strain responses at EWR. The progression of pavement distress is described and evaluated.


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Media Info

  • Media Type: Web
  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: pp 800-808
  • Monograph Title: Construction Research Congress 2016: Old and New Construction Technologies Converge in Historic San Juan

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01605821
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 9780784479827
  • Files: TRIS, ASCE
  • Created Date: May 24 2016 3:03PM