Research Projects

Research Projects

This Collection is for research ideas whose objectives are to develop guidance, tools, or best practices.
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Rapid Setting and Durable Concrete Overlays for Airfield Pavements

Concrete overlays are a growing trend in pavement maintenance and rehabilitation. Rapid-setting concrete overlays offer the potential or reopening aprons, taxiways and runways quickly. The viability and durability of rapid setting concrete overlays over asphalt or concrete airfield pavement should be evaluated and tested in order to provide airports and consultants with suitable practice guidelines.

Owner: Eric Bescher

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Managing Risk in the Mega-Project Era

It is imperative that entities preparing to undertake a major airport terminal or expansion project understand what risks are involved and how those risks can be mitigated. If the proposed research is conducted and an intuitive database of risk-management contract provisions is created, entities interested in participating in such a "mega project" would be able to identify how best to manage the associated risk: this... more »

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Weather Forecast Assessment Techniques to Improve Airport Safety, Efficiency, and Decision Making

Timely and effective decisions involving current and forecast weather are critical for successful airport operations. The multitude of available weather information and data sources can complicate processes and reduce effectiveness of decision making during high impact weather scenarios.

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A Primer: Using Customer Experience Measurement Tools and Data Analytics to Monitor and Improve the Passenger Experience

With increasing passenger demands for personalization, accelerated movement towards a truly seamless journey, and airlines providing amenities throughout the passenger journey, airports are challenged to consistently and regularly measure the quality of the experience in their airports. While many other hospitality industries (hotels, airlines, sports) regularly measure their customer satisfaction, airports often lag... more »

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Framework and Requirements for Using Artificial Intelligence to Improve Airport Runway SafetyArtificial Intelligence is

Artificial Intelligence is a powerful system that can automatically predict runway safety issues and produce optimal decisions to solve the problem in real time. The purpose of this project is to develop a framework for an AI system and provide guidelines for integrating an AI system to airports in order to improve runway safety.

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Guidance for Enhancing the Customer Experience for Senior Passengers

Wheel chairs and wheel chair pushers abound in airports as the population ages. Aside from the logistics and facilities issues such as large font signage and cell phone apps, the more serious issues of passengers becoming disoriented, dealing with dementia that has not been diagnosed, losing carry-on bags or falling victim to scams while traveling are becoming more problematic. Airports require more guidance to detect... more »

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Implementation of Performance based Approach based on Emerging Test Methods to Formulate ASR Resistant Concrete Mixes

Based on extensive research supported by TxDOT and Bureau of Reclamation, two ASR test methods (i.e., a rapid aggregate chemical test called VCMD and an accelerated concrete cylinder test - ACCT) and a combined innovative approach with four recommended steps were developed for formulating performance-based alkali-silica reaction (ASR)–resistant concrete mixes. This performance based approach has a great potential to formulate... more »

Owner: anol@tamu.edu

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Best management considerations in evaluating proposed vertical development on or near airports with airspace impacts.

Establish for the end user a process that would assist airport sponsors and the FAA to evaluate whether a development project is a true hazard based on evaluating imaginary and TERPS surfaces, recognizing current conditions at the specific airport. A goal for this project would be to define a process by which the FAA would accept a sponsor lead approval of a design, that may or may not conform to strict interpretations... more »

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Assessing the Use of High Density Polyethylene Pipes for Airport Use

Research is needed to determine if HDPE systems provide the longevity and environmental improvements for airport fueling systems. . HDPE piping is found in nearly 90% of municipal European piping systems versus less than 10% of municipal piping systems in the United States. Research is needed to determine if HDPE systems provide the longevity and environmental improvements for airport fueling systems and reduce the... more »

Owner: Lynn Hampton

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Created by (@constantin.kostenko)

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Public & consortium blockchain mechanisms are needed to integrate, secure and monetize the data produced by IoT devices

Blockchain technology (e.g., open source Enterprise Ethereum) can be used as a vendor neutral integration layer to secure IoT devices to prevent malicious attacks, enable myriad IoT devices installed at the airports to work together in concert to unlock new value creation between different parties, and reward IoT operators for the value produced by data.

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Created by (@sdurham)

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Antimicrobial Formulations to Reduce Mold Intrusion on Airfield Markings and Pavements

The reoccurring growth of mold and continued maintenance required to prevent discoloration of airfield paint markings poses a continued problem that draws money that would otherwise be used for pavement improvements. This research will employ recent innovations in antimicrobial research to develop a quaternary ammonium compound that can be applied as a top-coat to markings and pavement surfaces whereby the modified surface... more »

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Demographic and Geographic Differences and Trends in U.S. Air Travel Propensity

Extend the findings of previous ACRP research on the variation in air travel propensity to account for a wider range of household characteristics and different subsets of the populations. Develop models and other tools to allow the airport industry to use these findings to better anticipate future changes in air travel demand and air passenger characteristics.

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A Primer and Guidebook on Airport Digital Transformation and Assessment of Your Organization's Readiness

The development of a Primer and Guidebook to assist Airport's with assessing their readiness for digital transformation. The results of this research would support Airport's to understand exactly where they are on the transformation continuum and provide guidance and direction on the next steps of the journey.

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Standardizing Aircraft Noise Reduction Measurements for Airport Sound Insulation Programs

Current research by FAA regarding outdoor-to-indoor sound insulation measurement best practices for airport noise mitigation programs is anticipated to conclude during 2020, but will not address supplemental measurement methods or standardization of data analysis and documentation processes. The need for further investigation in these areas was highlighted by earlier ACRP-sponsored research and is necessary to attain... more »

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