Wander patterns for commercial aircraft at denver international airport

Dulce Rufino, Jeff Roesler, Erol Tutumluer, Ernest Barenberg

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This paper presents a study of wander patterns for three different commercial aircraft (B-777, B-727, and DC-10) operated at Denver International Airport. Environmental and dynamic sensors (including two rows of position sensors) are present in runway 34R-16L. This study analyzed data collected by the position sensors in order to determine the aircraft gear path along the instrumented section. Wander pattern histograms were obtained using an automated system developed to calculate the aircraft gear lateral distribution at any longitudinal location between the two rows of position sensors. Wander patterns obtained from this airport for the B-727 and DC-10 were similar to previously published data. The wander pattern of the B-777 was found to be similar to the DC-10 in terms of mean position and standard deviation. Analysis of the wander patterns relative to the slab geometry shows that B-777 and DC-10 track the longitudinal construction joint, whereas the B-727 traverses down the middle of the slab.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAdvancing Airfield Pavements
PublisherAmerican Society of Civil Engineers
Number of pages13
ISBN (Print)0784405794, 9780784405796
StatePublished - 2001
Event27th International Air Transportation Conference - Chicago, IL, United States
Duration: Aug 5 2001Aug 8 2001

Publication series

NameProceedings - International Air Transportation Conference


Other27th International Air Transportation Conference
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityChicago, IL

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Transportation


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  • Advancing Airfield Pavements

    Buttlar, W. G. (ed.) & Naughton III, J. E., 2001, American Society of Civil Engineers.

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