Investigation of foamcrete mechanical and physical properties

Document Type : Original Article


1 Faculty of Engineering, l'Université Française d'Égypte, Cairo, Egypt.

2 Faculty of Engineering (Mataria), Helwan University, Cairo, Egypt.

3 Faculty of Engineering (Mataria), Helwan University, Cairo, Egypt.+

4 Faculty of Engineering & Technology, Badr University in Cairo, Egypt.



Engineered Material Arresting Systems (EMAS) serve as a substitutional alternative/solution to airport runways when the Runway Safety Area (RSA) does not meet international Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) standards. The length of the runway can be shortened if an EMAS is installed on both ends of the runway. This paper provides experimental test results on foamcrete material used for such an important safety application. The objective of the paper is to present the required and measured properties of foamed concrete (density, compressive strength and water absorption) and results of an evaluation of a first phase of testing. In this study, a total of fourty eight mixes were conducted; yielding a range of densities, compressive strength(s) and water absorption characteristics that are: 554 to 1528 kg/m3, 1.1 to 21 MPa and 7.4 to 28.3 %, respectively. It is demonstrated herein – though the Analysis of Means statistical method – that foam volume is predominantly the main factor affecting the observed output characteristics. This is followed by Sand/Filler and Filler/Cement that yield marginal effect compare to the former foam volume ingredient.

Volume 19, Issue 19
The 19th International Conference on Aerospace Sciences & Aviation Technology (ASAT-19 2021) 6th-8th April 2021
April 2021
Pages 1-11