AK Specification for Palliative Applications on Unpaved Roads and Runways

Abstract and project information last updated: 12 March 2013. Project updates are dated below.

A four-wheeler is at center, parked on a dirt drive with a few trees in the background on the left. A device attached to the back of the machine that looks like a long pole points toward the viewer.

Credit: David Barnes

An ATV is equipped with a device called DUSTM instrument, to apply different dust-control palliatives to rural area roadways. The work is part of a project to collect data and compare the effectiveness of such palliatives.

AUTC
Project
Number
309015
Principal
Investigator
David L. Barnes (UAF)
dlbarnes@alaska.edu
Funding
Agency

Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities

UAF College of Engineering & Mines

Project
Budget
75080
Start
Date
1 August 2009
Estimated
End Date
31 May 2013

Abstract

For the past seven years, ADOT&PF Northern Region has been applying different dust-control palliatives to rural runways. The only guidance in applying these palliatives has come from the manufacturers, and these are too vague to be of much practical use. As the specifications are written, ADOT&PF has found it impossible to determine whether these products are meeting their own standards or not. This project, using UAF’s new DUSTM instrumentation, is collecting data and comparing the effectiveness of newly laid palliative and palliative that has been applied one to three years earlier. From these results, researchers will develop a reasonable performance-based set of specifications that cover the application of dust-control palliatives to unpaved transportation surfaces. These specifications will make it possible for ADOT&PF to choose the best palliative for a community’s needs, and hold vendors accountable for the quality of their products.

Final Report

Thesis: Rural Dust/ DUSTM Performance/Palliative Applications
27 Mar 2013

Evaluating Dust Palliative Performance and Longevity Using the UAF-DUSTM
Travis Eckhoff
EckhoffT-Thesis-Final-Submission.pdf