Australian Airports Association chief executive Caroline Wilkie and University of Sunshine Coast researcher Greg White. (University of Sunshine Coast)
Five-year research on airport pavements and the runway is being launched on Tuesday by USC Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation) Professor Roland De Marco and Australian Airports Association chief executive Caroline Wilkie, to investigate the latest technologies to make a runway that would last longer at a cost of $2.85million.
University of Sunshine Coast (USC) will do the research under the direction of Doctor Greg White. The research program is a partnership between USC and the Australian Airports Association (AAA), the Department of Defence, Perth Airport and Sunshine Coast Council (as the owner of Sunshine Coast Airport).
USC said the research program would include Master’s and PhD students, as well as postdoctoral researchers, and feature on-the-ground trials at Perth and Sunshine Coast airports.
The university said the study would look at performance-based specification of runway surfaces, advanced test methods for bitumen and asphalt materials, non-destructive testing for runway strength rating, surface preservation material evaluation, and methods for comparing the costs and benefits of concrete and asphalt runways.