Laboratory Characterization of Foundation Geomaterials for a “Smart Runway” Pavement Test Section

Zhongyi Liu, Mingu Kang, Issam Qamhia, Kelin Ding, Han Wang, Haohang Huang, Erol Tutumluer, Jeb S. Tingle

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A “Smart Runway” project was recently undertaken in Utah through the efforts of the Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) of the US Army Corps of Engineers to install advanced sensors into a runway pavement test section and monitor pavement responses and damage accumulation over time due to trafficking with critical aircraft systems. In support of the “Smart Runway” project, laboratory tests were conducted on the subgrade, subbase, and base materials obtained from the Hill Air Force Base (AFB) runway pavement, including grain size distribution, image-based shape analysis, anisotropic resilient modulus tests using an innovative UIUC-FastCell test device, and triaxial shear strength tests. In this paper, the laboratory characterization test results are presented and utilized to verify the field response measurements as obtained from Bender Element (BE) shear-wave transducers and Heavy Weight Deflectometer (HWD) tests. A linkage was established between laboratory and field-testing results through advanced testing, materials characterization, and analysis approaches.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)431-441
Number of pages11
JournalGeotechnical Special Publication
Issue numberGSP 336
StatePublished - 2022
Externally publishedYes
Event2022 GeoCongress: State of the Art and Practice in Geotechnical Engineering - Advances in Monitoring and Sensing; Embankment, Slopes, and Dams; Pavements; and Geo-Education - Charlotte, United States
Duration: Mar 20 2022Mar 23 2022

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Architecture
  • Building and Construction
  • Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology


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