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Airport best practices to minimize catalytic oxidation of carbon brakes

To support the air transport industry's holistic effort to reduce maintenance costs and safety risks, research is needed to identify airport best practices that could reduce the influence of airfield pavement deicing on accelerated structural deterioration of aircraft carbon brakes and provide guidance to airports on selection and application of these best practices.

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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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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 »

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Optimizing Airfield Snow Removal

"The objective of this project is to research best practices focused on managing the resources at airports to optimize the number of runways and taxiways that can be kept open during winter storms. The guidelines should include using process optimization to reduce variation caused by unpredictable weather events and computer simulation analyses to optimize the number of equipment needed, resources required, and optimize... more »

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Selection and Application of Building Materials for Passenger Terminals

To create a comprehensive resource for architects, interior designers, engineers and airport operators to help them in selection of these materials for new construction or renovation of existing facilities. The guidebook should also provide guidance to airport operators and designers on how to evaluate life cycle cost implications of selecting different building materials.

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Guidebook for Airports to Enhance/Support FAA Trajectory Based Operations (TBO)

The FAA's "Vision for Trajectory Based Operations", Version 2.0 dated September 2017, states that TBO will leverage NextGen improvements to make flight operations more efficient and predictable:
"TBO in 2025 depends upon use of improved data sets and greater collaboration between the FAA and its customers to enable better traffic planning and scheduling decisions. Improved data sets reflect access to new data elements,... more »

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Intersecting Runways - Best Practices for Grade Design

FAA design guidance regarding grade issues for intersecting runways leaves a fair amount of discretion to the design engineer. This topic will seek to provide additional guidance regarding gradient requirements and best practices.

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Selection and Application of Building Materials for Passenger Terminals

To create a comprehensive resource for architects, interior designers, engineers and airport operators to help them in selection of these materials for new construction or renovation of existing facilities. The guidebook should also provide guidance to airport operators and designers on how to evaluate life cycle cost implications of selecting different building materials.

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Incorporating the unique needs of airports into off-airport highway planning, design, and construction

Synthesize aspects of airport characteristics that can influence the planning, design, and construction of roads and highways and provide instructive considerations for each.

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Improving the Durability of Concrete Pavement Surfaces through Improved Specifications and Testing

The objective of this research is to provide recommended improvements to the current P-501 specification along with recommendations for improved paving practices to enhance or insure the durability of the concrete surface. This project will identify major airports that are experiencing durability issues, measure the scale of the issue through field inspections, and conduct a petrographic examination of the concrete materials.... more »

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