Synthesis Topics

Runway Rubber Removal

Runways routinely require the removal of rubber to maintain adequate surface friction. According to FAA AC 150/5320-12C, rubber can be removed by High-Pressure Water, Chemical, High-Velocity Impact, and Mechanical removal. Survey experiences with various airports in different climates to assess the cost, time required, benefits, and tradeoffs with various methods of rubber removal.

Background (Describe the current situation or problem in the industry, and how your idea would address it.)

There is limited documented information on the cost, time required, benefits, or drawbacks for airports to evaluate the different methods of rubber removal. The report would summarize these items as well as provide a point of reference for experiences with the different methods.

Objective (What is the desired product or result that will help the airport industry?)

A report summarizing the various type of rubber removal to help airports make more informed decisions on safely maintaining their runways.

Approach (Describe in general terms the steps you think are needed to achieve the objective.)

Research various methods of removal.
Develop a survey of current practices.
Survey airports.
Survey rubber removal contractors.
Compile Report.

Related Research - List related ACRP and other industry research; describe gaps (see link to Research Roadmaps above), and describe how your idea would address these gaps. This is a critical element of a synthesis topic submission.

AC 150/5320-12C and draft 12D

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