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Use of noncontact sensors for paving operations on airport pavements
Author(s): Carl A. Lenngren
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Paper Abstract

The Swedish National Road Administration has been using a laser range finder system for assessing longitudinal and transversa profiles of pavements for a number of years. The Civil Administration has expressed interest in trying automated methods for surveying airfield runways. Regardless of sampling method, the data re used as input for computer aided design of new pavement surfaces. Typically, the output will consist of tables and maps of where to pave and mill the old pavement surface. Adjusting an old surface to perfectly smooth standards may require continuously changing the new pavement layer thickness. Traditionally, this was often carried out with mechanical devices, usually in direct touch with a wire. Some manufacturers now offer non-contact devices for pavers such as ultra sound sensors as an alternative to the mechanical sensors thus eliminating the need for setting up sires. The method was tested in late 1997 after the output data were converted for a design to be read directly by a paver control unit. A larger test was done in the summer of 1998. The results were promising and the Royal Swedish Fortifications Administration decided to try the method on a taxiway in 1999. The present paper describes some of the experiences obtained with this method and computer controlled equipment in general.

Paper Details

Date Published: 28 January 1999
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 3586, Nondestructive Evaluation of Aging Aircraft, Airports, and Aerospace Hardware III, (28 January 1999); doi: 10.1117/12.339878
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Carl A. Lenngren, Swedish National Road Administration (Sweden)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3586:
Nondestructive Evaluation of Aging Aircraft, Airports, and Aerospace Hardware III
Ajit K. Mal, Editor(s)

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