AN OPERATIONAL RESEARCH INVESTIGATION OF THE ICE-DETECTION CAPABILITY AND UTILITY OF THE SURFACE CONDITION ANALYZER (SCAN) SYSTEM AND ITS APPLICABILITY TO NAVY-WIDE USE

During 1978, Calspan Corporation conducted an independent research investigation of the basic principles and operational performance of the Surface Condition Analyzer system (SCAN)TM in the detection of icing conditions on runway surfaces and its applicability to Navy-wide use. The results and conclusions derived from this investigation were formulated from data and information garnered from the following sources: site visits and interviews at civil and Naval airfields where SCAN is installed; visits and discussions at the manufacturer's plant; strip-chart records of actual SCAN-output signals, correlated with visual inspection of runway and sensor surfaces, runway traction, and display terminal readouts, obtained during a two-week operational performance study at Keflavik NAS; study of the manufacturer's drawings and schematics; review of the literature on snow and ice removal and control (SIRC) operations and economic analyses of these procedures as impacted by SCAN; and climatological analyses. The principal conclusion was that, while SCAN will not supplant routine personal inspection of runways, SCAN's ability to provide, on occasion, advance warning of hazardous icing conditions coupled with its surface temperature information (used for more effective chemical application) makes it well worth the investment costs. (Author)

  • Corporate Authors:

    Calspan Corporation

    4455 Genesee Street
    Buffalo, NY  USA  14225
  • Authors:
    • Mack, E J
    • ANDERSON, R J
    • Bock, D H
    • Niziol, T A
    • Reif, H G
  • Publication Date: 1979-3

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  • Pagination: 181 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00198333
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: CALSPAN-6283-M-1 Final Rpt.
  • Contract Numbers: N00014-78-C-0284
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 17 1979 12:00AM