Developing a Performance-Based Specification for Stone Mastic Asphalt as an Ungrooved Runway Surface

Flexible airport pavements in Australia have traditionally been surfaced with Marshall-designed dense graded asphalt (DGA). Grooving is undertaken to avoid aircraft skidding incidents during wet weather conditions, as well as satisfying regulatory surface texture requirements. Groove closure is a common distress experienced at airports surfaced with DGA in Australia and has led to the investigation of stone mastic asphalt (SMA) as an alternate runway surfacing. Due to the gap-graded nature of SMA, and therefore coarse surface texture, grooving can be avoided. To facilitate the use of SMA on Australian runways, a performance-based specification was developed in line with the latest advances of airport technology. This paper describes the development of a performance-based specification for Australian airport SMA, focusing on constituent materials and mixture design.


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Media Info

  • Media Type: Web
  • Pagination: pp 227-39
  • Monograph Title: Airfield and Highway Pavements 2019: Innovation and Sustainability in Highway and Airfield Pavement Technology

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01728619
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 9780784482476
  • Files: TRIS, ASCE
  • Created Date: Jul 18 2019 3:03PM