yak42
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Runway Thick With Smoking Rubber!

Sat Nov 13, 2004 9:22 am

The rubber on this BEY runway looks really thick, at least a few millimeters. I thought there was only ever skid marks. Could this really be or is it an illusion?

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RE: Runway Thick With Smoking Rubber!

Sat Nov 13, 2004 10:11 am

Eventually the rubber does build up, degrading the traction of the pavement, it is usually removed once it builds up enough.
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LH423
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RE: Runway Thick With Smoking Rubber!

Sat Nov 13, 2004 10:13 am

And also I'd think in a place as warm as BEY or LAS where the sun really heats up the pavement that there would be more of a build up since rubber tends to stick more to hot surfaces.

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RE: Runway Thick With Smoking Rubber!

Sat Nov 13, 2004 12:34 pm

it is usually removed once it builds up enough.

How is it removed?

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RE: Runway Thick With Smoking Rubber!

Sat Nov 13, 2004 12:41 pm

The operator of the airport, Middle East Airport Services (MEAS), one of MEA's three subsidaries de-rubberizes the runways.



Check out their website for more information:
http://www.measairports.com

Here is a photo of them de-rubberizing the runway in Beirut Int'l:


Here is a paragraph from their website:

Our cleaning program continues to cover aprons and runways. This cleaning process starts with daily cleaning activities such as manual cleaning & vacuuming of aprons and service roads. This is followed by periodic cleaning which includes mechanical sweeping of taxi Ways with Water Jet & Single Disk, degreasing of Aprons using Sweeper, Degreasing & Cleaning of traffic lines on Aprons & Runways. Another type of periodic cleaning is the Periodic Derubberizing of Runways, especially on the Aviation Marking Lines with Sweeper Derruberizer.

Hope this helps.

LH423,

It's actually quite gloomy and cool in Beirut now. That's how it is in the winter.

Regards

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sfo212
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RE: Runway Thick With Smoking Rubber!

Sat Nov 13, 2004 1:08 pm

At SFO, a rubber removal company comes out about 4 times a year to remove the buildup. The majority of time they work on the touchdown areas of 28L and 28R. The same company rotates around the different airports up and down the west coast.
 
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RE: Runway Thick With Smoking Rubber!

Sat Nov 13, 2004 2:55 pm

What kind of buildup thickness are we talking about here, 1cm? What is the world's widest improved surface runway? The runway @ X68 is 300ft. across...any larger than that?
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