The study evaluated two profiling systems - a laser system and an inertial system, developed for the Air Force Weapons Laboratory for use in runway roughness studies. The laser system produces an absolute profile that is accurate to 0.085 inches in 1000 feet. Using this system, three technicians can survey a 10,000-foot runway in 1-1/2 to 2 hours. The inertial system provides data usable only between the nominal wavelengths of 3 and 400 feet and is accurate to .014 inches in 400 feet. Two technicians using this system can survey a 10,000-foot runway in about 10 minutes. Profile data from both systems are suitable for use with a computer program for predicting the dynamic response of aircraft to runway roughness.

  • Corporate Authors:

    University of New Mexico, Albuquerque

    Eric H Wang Civil Engineering Research Facility
    Albuquerque, NM  United States  87131

    Federal Aviation Administration

    Systems R&D Service, 800 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, DC  United States 

    Air Force Weapons Laboratory

    Air Force Systems Command
    Kirtland AFB, NM  United States  87117
  • Authors:
    • Baum, N P
    • Stough, T A
  • Publication Date: 1975-4

Media Info

  • Pagination: 52 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00092078
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: AFWL-TR-74 Final Rpt., FAA-RD-74-188
  • Contract Numbers: DOT-FA73WAI-361
  • Files: NTIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Oct 18 1976 12:00AM