With an increase in air traffic and relatively limited new airport pavement construction, a major effort is being devoted to strengthening, rehabilitating, and maintaining existing pavements with emphasis on improved safety and increased capacity. This study was undertaken to provide airport pavement engineers with techniques for assessing the present condition of an airport pavement, for making comparisons of design predictions to actual performance, and for making predictions as to the remaining life of a pavement. A review of existing techniques for surface condition evaluation was made, and the best features of each procedure were extracted for the development of the proposed FAA procedure. The basis of this procedure is taken from work done by the U. S. Army Construction Engineering Research Laboratory (CERL), and the condition rating procedure developed by CERL for the Air Force was rated as the most comprehensive method reviewed and was selected as the method with the most potential for use on civil airports. Appendix A presents the condition survey procedure, and Appendix B presents an airport pavement distress identification manual. (Author)

  • Corporate Authors:

    U.S. Army Waterways Experiment Station

    3909 Halls Ferry Road
    Vicksburg, MS  United States  39180-6199

    Federal Aviation Administration

    800 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, DC  United States  20591
  • Authors:
    • Hall Jr, J W
    • Elsea, D R
  • Publication Date: 1980-5

Media Info

  • Features: Appendices; Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 185 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00324541
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: FAA-RD-80-55 Final Rpt.
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jun 12 1981 12:00AM