Accession Number : ADA311720

Title :   Follow-On Friction Testing of Retro-Reflective Glass Beads.

Corporate Author : FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION WASHINGTON DC OFFICE OF AVIATION RESEARCH

Personal Author(s) : Bagot, Keith

PDF Url : ADA311720

Report Date : JUL 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 9

Abstract : In 1993 and 1994 the FAA Technical Center conducted an evaluation of retroreflective beads in airport pavement markings. That study proved that the addition of glass beads greatly enhanced the conspicuity of the surface markings. In the study the beaded stripes had a silica (sand) friction enhancement added to the paint. A concern arose as to the friction characteristics of beaded paint without silica. The current study was conducted to test the friction levels of painted surface markings with and without beads and/or silica. Results of this study indicate that the friction levels of surface painted markings can be increased by adding retro-reflective glass beads to the paint. Silica also increased the friction of the surface markings; however, when glass beads were also added, the benefit of silica was reduced due to its smaller size in relation to the size of the beads. p3

Descriptors :   *RETROREFLECTORS, *GLASS, *SURFACES, *MARKERS, *FRICTION, *BEADS, TEST AND EVALUATION, SIZES(DIMENSIONS), SILICON DIOXIDE, PAVEMENTS, SAND, PAINTS, AIRPORTS.

Subject Categories : Civil Engineering
      Terminal Flight Facilities
      Inorganic Chemistry
      Ceramics, Refractories and Glass
      Mechanics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE