Pavement Materials


Advancements in paving materials and technologies can increase airport pavement lifespans, reduce environmental impacts, conserve airport development funds, and reduce runway downtime from construction and maintenance activities. 

ATR’s Pavement Materials research focuses on:

  • Advanced airport pavement materials: identifying materials and additives that increase the lifespan and performance of pavements
  • Low embodied carbon: addressing climate change by utilizing innovative materials designed to improve pavement durability, strength, and reduced embodied carbon
  • Life cycle assessment: quantifying environmental impacts of airport pavement projects
  • Surface treatment: establishing performance studies and guidance identifying best use case for various surface treatments for flexible pavements

The materials research program will result in updated FAA standards, specifications, and guidelines for the use of sustainable, environmentally friendly, recycled, and newer material technologies for airport pavements. The research results will also be used to develop a Paving Material Property Database for use in FAA software programs, including FAA PAVEAIR and FAARFIELD, life cycle cost analyses, and life cycle assessments.


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Current airport materials Advisory Circulars (AC):


Technical Reports