ALUMINIUM MATTING RUNWAYS IN VIETNAM

TWENTY-THREE DAYS AFTER LANDING AT CHU LAI ON THE COAST OF VIETNAM IN MAY 1965, THE NAVY SEABEES HAD CONSTRUCTED A RUNWAY FOR THE LANDING OF JET FIGHTERS. THEY DID THIS WITH THE AID OF A NEW DEVELOPMENT IN COMBAT AIRFIELD PAVING, ALUMINUM PLANK MATTING, COMMONLY KNOWN AS AM-2. AM-2 CONSISTS OF EXTRUDED ALUMINUM MATS OR PLANKS THAT MAY BE INTERCONNECTED TO FORM AN AIRFIELD OF ANY SIZE OR SHAPE. A FULL MAT IS 12 FEET LONG, 2 FEET WIDE, AND 1 1/2 INCHES THICK. HALF MATS, 6 BY 2 FEET, ARE ALSO USED. THE MATERIAL WEIGHS 6 POUNDS PER SQUARE FOOT, OR 144 POUNDS PER FULL MAT. IT IS EQUIPPED WITH CONNECTORS ON ALL FOUR SIDES FOR JOINING WITH OTHER MATS. SPECIAL CONNECTORS ALLOW JOINING AT 90 DEGREES, AND SPECIAL MATS ARE AVAILABLE FOR CENTER LINE LIGHTING AND CATAPULT GUIDE RAILS. THE MATTING CAN WITHSTAND AIRCRAFT LANDING IMPACTS AND JET BLASTS. ALTHOUGH FOR LONG- TERM USE THE BASE PREPARATION FOR AM-2 RUNWAYS BECOMES INCREASINGLY IMPORTANT, THE ALUMINUM MATTING OFFERS MANY ADVANTAGES OVER PORTLAND CEMENT AND BITUMINOUS CONCRETE IN VIETNAM. IT ELIMINATES THE NEED FOR CONCRETE AGGREGATE /WHICH OFTEN IS NOT READILY ACCESSIBLE TO COMBAT AIRFIELD SITES/ AS WELL AS THE EQUIPMENT, WORK, AND TIME REQUIRED TO CRUSH THE AGGREGATE, PREPARE THE MIX, EXCAVATE THE FOUNDATIONS, INSTALL FORMS, AND PLACE THE CONCRETE. ALUMINUM MATTING PROVIDES A VALUABLE NEW TOOL FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF AIRFIELDS IN FORWARD OR REMOTE AREAS.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Vol 58, No 384, PP 245-246
  • Authors:
    • Lyons, E T
  • Publication Date: 1966-7

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  • Accession Number: 00214683
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 12 1994 12:00AM