This report presents the results of a survey of grooves cut into the bituminous runway surfaces at 19 airports throughout the eastern half of the United States. The survey was conducted during the period 20 March 1978 to 25 May 1978. The objectives of the survey were to determine the extent and frequency of problems, such as chipping, cracking, rounding, wearing, distorting, and contaminating of the grooves. A total of ten different problem areas were identified during the survey with wear, "running together" (closing), and rubber deposits being the most serious of the ten. In general, the grooves were in satisfactory condition and have not resulted in abnormal deterioration of runway surfaces. Three of the 19 runways surveyed appeared in need of resurfacing and/or regrooving. Groove depths averaged less than the required 1/4 inch, while groove width and pitch measured close to specified dimensions. (Author)

  • Corporate Authors:

    Naval Air Engineering Center

    Lakehurst Naval Air Station
    Lakehurst, NJ  United States  08733

    Federal Aviation Administration

    Systems R&D Service, 800 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, DC  United States 
  • Authors:
    • Melone, R
  • Publication Date: 1979-3

Media Info

  • Pagination: 61 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00198736
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: FAA-RD-79-28 Final Rpt., NAEC-TD-MISC-R8
  • Contract Numbers: DOT-FA74WAI-423
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Oct 17 1980 12:00AM