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Accession Number ADA577845
Title Maximizing Throughput at Soft Airfields.
Publication Date 2013
Media Count 32p
Personal Author C. A. Mouton
Abstract Aircraft operations on soft fields are limited due to field rutting. Each subsequent aircraft pass, defined as one takeoff and one landing, increases field rutting until the field reaches a point where further aircraft operations are no longer permissible. The ability of aircraft to operate on soft fields is often expressed as a function of aircraft landing weight and the California Bearing Ratio (CBR) of the field, which measures the ability the soil to resist compressive loads. Because soft fields can support only a limited number of takeoffs and landings, it is important to understand how to maximize the cargo throughput at these soft fields. This document shows that there exists an optimum landing weight that allows for maximum cargo delivery. This optimum landing weight is found to be constant and independent of field CBR. This document reports the soft-field operation findings of a larger fiscal year (FY) 2010 RAND Project AIR FORCE study Support to the Joint Future Theater Lift Analysis of Alternatives. One of the three objectives of this study was to inform important analytic tradeoffs. Understanding the ability of aircraft to operate from soft fields is one of these important trade-offs. This document details the mathematical calculations used to determine the optimum landing weight that allows for maximum cargo delivery. It should be of interest to analysts studying cargo operations in austere locations.
Keywords Air force
Aircraft landings
Cbr(California bearing ratio)
Field rutting
Landing fields
Soft airfields

Source Agency Non Paid ADAS
NTIS Subject Category 51B - Aeronautics
50B - Civil Engineering
Corporate Author RAND Corp., Santa Monica, CA.
Document Type Technical report
Title Note Research rept.
NTIS Issue Number 1321
Contract Number FA7014-06-C-0001

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