THE USER REQUIREMENTS FOR AN AIRFIELD PAVEMENT SYSTEM

UNTIL RECENTLY, AIRFIELD PAVEMENT FAILURE HAS BEEN TAKEN TO MEAN STRUCTURAL FAILURE. IT WAS GENERALLY ASSUMED THAT ONCE THE PAVEMENT HAD FAILED STRUCTURALLY, IT WAS NO LONGER SERVICEABLE. THE TREND TODAY IS AWAY FROM A STRUCTURAL FAILURE DEFINITION AND TOWARD THE MUCH NEEDED CRITERIA WHICH COMBINE PAVEMENT STRUCTURAL RESPONSES AND FUNCTIONAL REQUIREMENTS. THUS, INSTEAD OF USING A PURELY STRUCTURAL CRITERION SUCH AS THE NUMBER OF CRACKS AS THE ONLY FAILURE CRITERION, FUNCTIONAL INDICES BASED ON USER REQUIREMENTS ARE EMPLOYED TO INDICATE HOW WELL THE PAVEMENT IS FULFULLING THE INTENDED FUNCTIONAL REQUIREMENTS. THIS ASSUMES THAT THE USER AND FUNCTIONAL REQUIREMENTS CAN BE DEFINED AND QUANTIFIED TO PROVIDE INDICES WHICH WILL PRESCRIBE THE FUNCTIONAL QUALITY OF THE PAVEMENTS WITH RESPECT TO THE PRIMARY ELEMENTS - THE USERS. THE EVOLUTION OF A SYSTEMS APPROACH TO THE DESIGN AND EVALUATION OF AIRFIELD PAVEMENTS NECESSITATED THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A SET (OR SETS) OF QUANTIFIED USER REQUIREMENTS, WHICH COULD BE USED TO DEFINE THE CRITICAL PARAMETERS OF THE PAVEMENT-AIRCRAFT SYSTEM. THIS STUDY DETERMINED NOT ONLY THE USERS AND THE REQUIREMENTS FOR AIRCRAFT- AIRFIELD PAVEMENTS SYSTEMS, BUT ALSO GENERATED A HIERACHY OF USERS, AND DELINEATED THE RESPECTIVE NEEDS OF THE PRIMARY USERS. /AUTHOR/

  • Corporate Authors:

    Construction Engineering Research Laboratory

    Army Corps of Engineers, P.O. Box 4005
    Champaign, IL  USA  61820
  • Authors:
    • Pfeister, J L
  • Publication Date: 1973-1

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 21 p.
  • Serial:
    • Issue Number: p-7

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00207511
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Tech Rept
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 15 1973 12:00AM