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Safety, Visibility and Efficiency Through Military Helipad Dust Suppression

Background. Military helipad dust suppression in operational areas causes unique challenges, especially those which require intense use site stabilization.

Problem. Most notable of these problems is when helicopters operate in dusty environments, their rotary blades and engines must be replaced after only one third to one-half of their normal life due to the erosion of surfaces caused by airborne soil particles. Dust clouds around military installations also provide the enemy with easily recognizable signatures of strategic operations and impair visibility of both airborne and ground personnel. In addition, a lack of military helipad dust suppression increases safety and health hazards and is conducive to low morale resulting from continuous exposure of personnel to extreme dust conditions.

Solution. Soil-Sement® was used at helipads where Blackhawk military helicopters operate to successfully increase military helipad stabilization. Conditions at these sites included temperate or desert climate, wind blasts on the surfaces in excess of 100 mph, and surface temperatures of 120oF. Soil-Sement® surface provided effective military helipad dust suppression for periods ranging from 90 days to 12 months before retreatment was necessary.

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