BRACING FOR THE BIGGER JETS: REINFORCED RUNWAY, AND TAXIWAYS AT WILMINGTON, N.C.

To better withstand increasing jet traffic, a stress-resistant new surface has been applied to a 20 year-old runway and adjacent taxiways at New Hanover County Airport. Protection against reflective cracking is provided by nonwoven polypropylene fabric combined with asphalt to form a stress relieving membrane. The resurfacing of the runway was completed in the summer of 1977 and subjected to the particular freeze/thaw cycles of the 1977-78 winter, with satisfactory results to date. Cracks in the 20 year-old runway were routed out and filled. Then, preceded by a coat of asphalt cement, the fabric was applied on either side of the centerline on the whole runway except for 3 control strips. Asphalt was then applied to both runway and taxi strips. The runway is now capable of supporting the heaviest medium range commercial jets.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Lakewood Publications

    731 Hennepin
    Minneapolis, MN  United States  55403
  • Publication Date: 1978-8

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  • Accession Number: 00179879
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Airport Services Management
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 14 1978 12:00AM