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Real-Time Airport Pavement Damage Monitor Public

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Every time an aircraft takes off, a small amount of damage is caused to the runway pavement. The amount of damage caused by a takeoff to a specific runway is dependent on the load of the aircraft, the gear configuration of the aircraft, and the elastic modulus of the pavement, which is dependent on the pavement temperature which is a function of the air temperature. Currently, airports have no way of monitoring the amount of damage a runway has experienced from aircraft takeoffs. In this project, an airport pavement monitor was developed for Runway 9/27 at Boston Logan Airport for six of the most popular commercial aircraft used at Logan. The pavement monitor tracks the damage caused by takeoffs in real-time and displays the cumulative damage and percent of remaining damage until failure for fatigue cracking and rutting.

  • This report represents the work of one or more WPI undergraduate students submitted to the faculty as evidence of completion of a degree requirement. WPI routinely publishes these reports on its website without editorial or peer review.
  • E-project-051021-155959
  • 23781
  • 2021
Date created
  • 2021-05-10
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