Soviet Precast Prestressed Construction for Airfields

The Soviet Union used precast concrete slabs as routine pavement construction for roads and airfields and standardized the PAG-XVIII slab for airfields. These 2m x 6 m x 18 cm slabs are prestressed longitudinally and provide excellent load carrying capacity. In fact, an airfield in Uzbekistan supported intense US Air Force C-17 aircraft operations for several years without any structural distress. These slabs were even the thinner PAG-XIV slabs rather than the more robust PAG XVIII slabs (14-cm thick rather than 18 cm). Past history in the former Soviet Union found these precast, prestressed slabs to be structurally sound for aircraft operations and they also offered particular advantages for construction in adverse weather, rapid installation, maintenance on unfavorable soils, and construction in remote or environmentally sensitive areas. This paper will use the author's many years of experience with these slabs in Russia to describe the design, materials, construction, and performance of this precast, prestressed Russian concrete pavement technology that is little known in the West.


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  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Figures; Photos; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 12p
  • Monograph Title: 2007 FAA Worldwide Airport Technology Transfer Conference: New Directions in Airport Technology

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  • Accession Number: 01617373
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, ATRI, USDOT
  • Created Date: Nov 4 2016 2:01PM