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Airport area – a zone of risks

Context and importance of air transportation Air transportation plays a crucial role in the global economy, facilitating trade and travel on an unprecedented scale. The efficiency and safety of this mode of transport largely depend on the quality and reliability of the equipment used, especially at airports. 

Presentation of the study's object This study, originally presented by Victor Huart at Metropack 2015, focuses on the vibrational aspects and mechanical stresses of air transportation equipment, particularly on the tarmac. The objective is to analyze how these factors affect the performance and durability of equipment.

Airside transportation equipment

Description of equipment Airside transportation equipment encompasses a wide range of vehicles and devices, each with a specific role in the overall functioning of an airport. These pieces of equipment are designed to withstand extreme conditions, including temperature variations, heavy loads, and constant vibrations. 

Role and operation These pieces of equipment handle tasks such as baggage transport, aircraft refueling, aircraft towing, and other crucial functions. Their optimal operation is essential to maintaining the smooth flow of airport operations.

Comparison of Airport equipment with trucks

Similarities and differences Although some airside equipment may appear similar to common trucks in terms of functionality, they differ significantly in terms of design and capabilities. These differences are mainly due to the unique requirements of the airport environment. 

Impact on performance These differences directly affect the performance and efficiency of equipment on the tarmac, making them more or less suitable for specific tasks compared to traditional trucks.

The vibrational phase of the tarmac in air transportation

Analysis of vibrations and their significance Vibrations on the tarmac can have a significant impact on equipment and airport operations. This section focuses on analyzing the vibrations generated during tarmac transport and their impact on equipment. 

Consequences for air transportation The impact of these vibrations extends beyond equipment; it can also affect the safety, durability, and efficiency of airport operations.

Study of the 'Shake' phenomenon

Definition and characterization The "shake" phenomenon is a major concern in air transportation. This part explores the nature of this phenomenon, its frequency, and the conditions under which it occurs. 

Impact on equipment and operations The study highlights the detrimental effects of "shake" on airport equipment and proposes measures to mitigate its impacts.


Summary of findings In conclusion, the study underscores the importance of a thorough understanding of vibrational and mechanical stresses on air transportation equipment. It demonstrates that adjustments in the design and maintenance of this equipment can greatly enhance their performance and durability. 

Future perspectives The study paves the way for future research and innovations in the field of air transportation, particularly in the design of equipment that is more resilient and efficient in addressing the unique challenges of the tarmac.

ISTA 2015: 5th European symposium ISTA (Valence, Espagne)

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Presentation : Airport area – a zone of risks


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