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Runway Rubber Buildup


The rubber tires of an aircraft are not turning while in flight and a plane can land at between 60 mph and 150 mph.  The rubber is severely impacted when the plane's tires create friction against the runway pavement.  This friction, forcing the tires into a spinning mode, removes heat-stressed rubber from the tires. To complicate the issue, a corduroy of grooves is engineered into the runway concrete to help a pilot control the aircraft as it is landing. The landing tires force rubber into the grooves of the runway pavement, creating a slippery surface. The FAA (Federal Aviation Administration), which governs Air traffic in the United States, requires that certain friction levels be maintained to ensure stopping power and control of landing aircraft.


Runway Landing Residue Cleanup


These deposits in the past have been removed by brushes and chemicals creating high costs and environmental hazards, and the wire brushes' detergent brooms can leave stiff sharp bristles as FOD (foreign object debris) hazards on the runway.  Using UHP (Ultra High Pressure) waterblasting, runway rubber is quickly removed with no damage to the pavement. Rubber stain is generally desired to remain as it serves to protect the pavement binders and pastes from waterblasting erosion, allowing for repeat cleaning year after year without damage to the pavement. Performance Hydroblasting, Inc. works closely and carefully with airfield engineers in crafting the most uniform cleaning energies while preserving the pavement integrity and restoring ample friction coefficients.


Military, Commercial, and Private Airfield Pavement


Performance Hydroblasting, Inc. uses a variety of waterjet tooling designed for the unique challenges of various airports, traffic counts, schedule windows, pavement types, and optimal friction results. Since the waterblasting equipment used by Performance Hydroblasting, Inc. is highly mobile, the runway can be cleared of all equipment within a minute or two of the signal to vacate. While our most cost-effective method drastically reduces shut down times, it is helpful to have a runway closed during our operations. In some situations, it is possible to keep the runway available to aircraft even on days or nights of rubber removal operations.


Mobile Runway Cleaning Services


The strategic offering of Performance Hydroblasting, Inc. on runways is our ability to react with precision and immediacy to the complexity of any runway. Rubber removal is often performed in tandem with other runway services so that a high degree of integration is imperative in sharing the work area and still performing efficiently. Performance Hydroblasting, Inc. supports each project with such equipment and personnel to accommodate unique challenges and, thereby, deliver a win for all interests.


The Precision of Performance Hydroblasting


While many companies offer runway and airport rubber removal services, few compare to the precision of a Performance Hydroblasting Team and its equipment. Some runway cleaners have experimented with superwide cleaning areas for a “one pass” operation. Performance Hydroblasting, Inc. avoids this technique to afford precision cleaning. It is important for preserving the pavement structure that a waterblasting technician observes changes in the surface, such as rubber thickness and pavement density. When the technician reacts to these subtle changes, precision cleaning can be optimized. By limiting blast width, Performance Hydroblasting, Inc. is better able to react to site conditions minute by minute, and inch by inch, resulting in a cleaner surface and with even less impact to the pavement.  The extra time of a few more “passes” is well worth it, since our units are fast enough to meet any time restriction typically needed. On extreme schedule demands, additional units can be dispatched to shorten the cleaning time.  Runway rubber removal can be achieved at rates up to 25,000 square feet per hour. Two of Performance Hydroblasting Inc.’s  waterblasters can clean 100,000 square feet of rubber deposits in as little as two hours. Project planners should discuss goals prior to scheduling to allocate appropriate resources to the project’s unique conditions.


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