Airport Cooperative Research Program, Federal Aviation Administration
Airport Runways, Airports, Best practices, Concrete pavements, Handbooks, Maintenance management, patching, Repairing
The cost and inconvenience of closing critical airfield pavement for repair can be significant. Airports want to minimize closures for repairs and rehabilitation projects and therefore are increasing the use of rapid airfield concrete pavement slab replacement and patching. This process involves both the use of alternative concrete mixes and streamlined construction techniques to reduce impacts to airport operations. While FAA Advisory Circular 150/5370-16, Rapid Construction of Rigid Airfield Pavements, offers general guidance on this topic, airports need specific guidance that reflects recent advancements in rapid airfield concrete pavement repair materials and procedures and that enables them to adapt these techniques to their unique operational situation. The objective of this research is to develop a guidebook to help airport practitioners implement rapid airfield concrete pavement slab replacement and patching projects.