Airport runway rubber removal Airport runway rubber removal

Airport runway rubber removal

Airport runway rubber removal also known as airfield runway rubber removal, most of airports use high pressure water jetting to remove the rubber from tires that builds up on airport runway . There is friction level for safe loading and friction coefficients for the evaluation of appropriate friction level.

Runway rubber removal machine adopts hydro blasting to remove the rubber that is left by aircraft tires. As the rubber builds up it can make the runway slick. When the surface of the runway is wet, will cause aircraft to have dangerous landing.

Overview

Airport runway rubber removal also known as airfield runway rubber removal, most of airports use high pressure water jetting to remove the rubber from tires that builds up on airport runway . There is friction level for safe loading and friction coefficients for the evaluation of appropriate friction level.

When an airplane touches down, the landing wheels start to rotate. The friction forces some rubber off the tire and this process continues until the wheel rotation speed matches aircraft speed. So, the touchdown zone is prone to rubber deposit accumulation.

After many times takeoffs and landings, airplane tire rubber accumulates on asphalt runways. Accumulation of rubber on runways reduce the friction that need to deal with urgently otherwise it will cause dangerous landing conditions.

So, it needs special care for your runway of the airports. Our experienced and knowledgeable team can assist you with your cleaning and rubber removal.

Runway rubber removal machine adopts hydro blasting to remove the rubber that is left by aircraft tires. As the rubber builds up it can make the runway slick. When the surface of the runway is wet, will cause aircraft to have dangerous landing.

Removing the rubber can improve the friction then planes can land safely. Airport runway rubber removal equipment is essential to airfield maintenance and Watex is proud to provide excellent machine to meet airport requirement.

High pressure water cleaning or ultra high pressure water jetting for airport runway rubber removal

High pressure water jetting or ultra high pressure water jetting work on the same principle of applying a set of nozzle assembled on the rotate structure to remove the hardened rubber free from the runway surface. The main difference between the two cleaning methods is the pressure and flow.

High pressure water jetting for airport runway rubber removal uses water at 8,000–14,500 psi at up to 30 gallons. Ultra high pressure removal rubber uses pressure up to 40,000 psi with flow rate between 8 and 16 US gallons.

High pressure and ultra high pressure water operations rely on the washing capacity of water without any chemical material or toxic contaminants .

When a plane lands, each tire leaves up around 0.45kg of rubber on the runway. When you consider an Airbus A380 has 22 tires, the volume of the accumulated rubber issues become clear.

Day by day accumulation of rubber on a runway makes the surface smooth, which is a big problem. When a plane lands, the friction of the tire helps the plan slow down. In that case , we can know the smoother the runway, the lower the friction.

After rubber is removed from a runway, it means restoring the friction. Our equipment  doesn’t leave FOD on the pavement or use harmful chemical material to remove the rubber. There should be zero negative impact with reasonable water blasting.

Common way for airfield runway rubber removal machine

There are many methods to deal with the rubber on the runway. But there is one of the more common ways to remove runway rubber that is ultra high pressure water jetting. This approach uses spinning nozzles at a pressure of 2500-2800bar

Watex is one of the most productive rubber and paint airport marking removal system in the industry today. Water jetting equipment is ideally system suited for airport runway rubber removal. Curing compound marking removal on new concrete, pavement marking rejuvenation. Surface preparation is necessary before new marking is applied.

No other removing unit offers the same level of versatile performance on a truck chassis. Airfield runway rubber removal machine is a quicker. Easily adapted to the pavement maintenance and runway rubber removal for today’s major airport’s routine work.

The most popular attribute of Watex water blasting truck Chassis is its ability to remove airport marking. And runway rubber from asphalt or concrete without bring any significant damage to the surface.

Rubber deposits, epoxy paint, and thermoplastic marking cannot withstand the effective force of the water jetting. Watex strip truck can average removal rates of 3800 m2/hour ) with two cleaning panels .

Our Vehicle jetting system consists of water jetting pump, working with the maximum pressure of 40000 psi. Supplemented with vacuum recovery system, mounted on ISUZU chassis.

There are 2 stainless steel tanks located in the back, one tank for clean water with the capacity of 8.000 liters and one tank for vacuumed water and debris.

Why more and more client consider water jetting system for airport runway rubber removal ?

One of the main reasons why more and more customers prefer water jet removal are the speed and green cleaning without any airborne pollution. The goal of every operator is to minimize the damage to the surface, which is prior to work speed.

When removing rubber at the airport landing ground, we are able to achieve maximum removal speed of 4000 square meters per hour . When removing curing materials, performance depends on thickness, type of materials and surface.

Sometimes, the rubber also can become tacky and even oily, but that depending on the temperature . So, the rubber is need to remove urgently to make sure the surface is not slippery and safe for aircraft to use.”

The key feature of the vehicle is equipped with high pressure rotary atomizing jet degumming system. Effectively improve the cleaning rate, reduce road damage; integrating ultra-high pressure washing and negative pressure recovery technology as one, no need for secondary recovery operation.

At the same time. It is equipped with a one-button intelligent control system to simplify the operation steps and improve the operation efficiency, the operation process is more efficient, more environmentally friendly. It can be widely used in airport runway function repair, road marking removal, apron cleaning and other fields.

Professional airport runway rubber cleaning machine supplier

If you consider high pressure water blasting as your option for runway rubber removal then just one vehicle operated by one person can be enough .

Watex is specialized in water blasting system. Runway rubber removal with our water blasting system will be the perfect combining for airport runway maintenance.

We use our innovative design and many years working experience on the airport to optimized our new vehicle and operate a safe, reliable, reasonable layout of each system on the chassis .

Watex’s unique jetting panel provides high velocity air movement for instant recovery of waste and water and no need an external vacuum system. No vacuum system means less maintenance and lower fuel consumption resulting in a faster return on investment.

Our sustainable tech means that 95% of the water is recovered and waste water is not run off . Solid waste is recovered and separated out after proper treatment. Watex tech is also a famous supplier in paint rejuvenation for deep cleaning .

With over 20 years of UHP jetting cleaning experience in the airport . We have cooperated and work with some large international airports as well as individual contractors and they  are always satisfied.

We are dedicated to bringing you the best technology with the lowest impact on the runway surface bring them a environmental cleaning method.

Main features of Watex airfield runway rubber removing

Watex uses high pressure water pump from Uraca KD725 which delivers water at up to 2,800 bar to the rotary cleaning panel. And delivers a stream of water to the runway surface through high spinning nozzle. Mostly we use pump working pressure at 2500 bar with water flow of 45L/min.

The whole pump system mounted on a Semi-truck unit . The max water tank can load 18 tons water and 22 tons debris tank. The total unit will be 20 meters longer and total weight is around 45 tons

  • Automatic controlled for maximum rubber removal
  • Minimal human input required, single operator can operate
  • High performance with up to ±1mm accuracy
  • Operates in most conditions (-6°C to +50°C)
  • Environmentally friendly without chemicals or sand
  • Reduced driver fatigue – low vibration
  • Quick operation with minimal downtime
  • Minimal overlap and missed areas
  • Key components built with stainless steel

Highly efficient airport runway rubber removal is achieved via computer controlled servo system. And combining with hydraulic parts which automatically remove various rubber depends on the forward speed of the equipment.

Watex is the first airport runway rubber removal vehicle in Asia for the airport maintenance industry. Because of its innovative design, efficiency, and versatility. This is illustrated by the fact that there are more jetting vehicles sold worldwide .

To decrease the impact on airport operations, removing work is scheduled for overnight. The vehicle moves slowly and usually runs around 7 hours per night.

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