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Appl. Sci. 2017, 7(11), 1192; doi:10.3390/app7111192

Laboratory and On-Site Tests for Rapid Runway Repair

Department of Civil, Constructional and Environmental Engineering, Sapienza University of Rome, Via Eudossiana 18, 00184 Rome, Italy
Laboratorio Principale Prove e Sperimentazioni (ITAF Infrastructure Department), Viale di Marino snc, 00043 Ciampino, Italy
2 Reparto Genio A.M. (ITAF Infrastructure Department), Viale di Marino snc, 00043 Ciampino, Italy
Servizio Infrastrutture A.M. (Chief of ITAF Infrastructure Department), Viale dell’Università 4, 00185 Rome, Italy
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Received: 15 October 2017 / Revised: 8 November 2017 / Accepted: 16 November 2017 / Published: 19 November 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Advanced Asphalt Materials and Paving Technologies)
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The attention to rapid pavement repair has grown fast in recent decades: this topic is strategic for the airport management process for civil purposes and peacekeeping missions. This work presents the results of laboratory and on-site tests for rapid runway repair, in order to analyse and compare technical and mechanical performances of 12 different materials currently used in airport. The study focuses on site repairs, a technique adopted most frequently than repairs with modular elements. After describing mechanical and physical properties of the examined materials (2 bituminous emulsions, 5 cement mortars, 4 cold bituminous mixtures and 1 expanding resin), the study presents the results of carried out mechanical tests. The results demonstrate that the best performing material is a one-component fast setting and hardening cement mortar with graded aggregates. This material allows the runway reopening 6 h after the work. A cold bituminous mixture (bicomponent premixed cold asphalt with water as catalyst) and the ordinary cement concrete allow the reopening to traffic after 18 h, but both ensure a lower service life (1000 coverages) than the cement mortar (10,000 coverages). The obtained results include important information both laboratory level and field, and they could be used by airport management bodies and road agencies when scheduling and evaluating pavement repairs. View Full-Text
Keywords: rapid runway repair; cement mortar; cold bituminous mixture; expanding resin; aircraft classification number (ACN); pavement classification number (PCN) rapid runway repair; cement mortar; cold bituminous mixture; expanding resin; aircraft classification number (ACN); pavement classification number (PCN)

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Leonelli, F.; Di Mascio, P.; Germinario, A.; Picarella, F.; Moretti, L.; Cassata, M.; De Rubeis, A. Laboratory and On-Site Tests for Rapid Runway Repair. Appl. Sci. 2017, 7, 1192.

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