ASTM E3208 - 20

    Standard Specification for Minimum Equipment Requirements for Mobile Surface Contaminant Classification and Measurement Equipment

    Active Standard ASTM E3208 | Developed by Subcommittee: E17.25

    Book of Standards Volume: 04.03


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    1. Scope

    1.1 This standard describes the minimum performance and operating requirements of mobile non-contact surface contaminant monitoring equipment for paved surfaces providing real-time information. The standard deals with measurement equipment detecting and measuring water-based, weather-produced contaminants such as snow, slush, ice, and standing water on paved surfaces.

    1.2 This specification is intended as a minimum performance standard that will be referenced by regulatory organizations and industry participants when determining required compliance to minimum performance requirements when the intended function of the equipment is to supply measurements to be used in determination of safety-critical surface condition assessments. These assessments could include information such as that provided for airport runway condition assessments in the FAA TALPA-ARC framework or in the ICAO Global Reporting Format regulations.

    1.3 Mobile non-contact surface contaminant measuring devices are vehicle-mounted measurement equipment that measure and classify the type of weather-produced, water-based contaminant on paved surfaces such as water, frost, slush, snow, and ice. The devices can also detect if the paved surface is free of any of these contaminants. The devices are also able to measure the water-equivalent depth of these contaminants on the surface, which is not the physical depth specified in the ICAO and other regulations used in the aviation industry.

    1.4 Units—The values stated in SI units are to be regarded as standard. The values given in parentheses are mathematical conversions to inch-pound units that are provided for information only and are not considered standard.

    1.5 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety, health, and environmental practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.

    1.6 This international standard was developed in accordance with internationally recognized principles on standardization established in the Decision on Principles for the Development of International Standards, Guides and Recommendations issued by the World Trade Organization Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) Committee.


    2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.

    Other Referenced Documents

    FAA AC 150/5200-30D Airport Field Condition Assessments and Winter Operations Safety Available from Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), 800 Independence Ave., SW, Washington, DC 20591, http://www.faa.gov/documentLibrary/media/Advisory_Circular/150-5200-30D.pdf.

    ICAO Circular 355, AN/211 Assessment, Measurement and Reporting of Runway Surface Conditions Available from International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), https://store.icao.int/355.html.

    SAE ARP 5623 Mobile Digital Infrared Pavement Surface, Ambient Air and Dew Point Temperature Sensor System Available from SAE International (SAE), 400 Commonwealth Dr., Warrendale, PA 15096, http://www.sae.org/standards/content/arp5623.

    ASTM Standards

    E177 Practice for Use of the Terms Precision and Bias in ASTM Test Methods


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    DOI: 10.1520/E3208-20

    Citation Format

    ASTM E3208-20, Standard Specification for Minimum Equipment Requirements for Mobile Surface Contaminant Classification and Measurement Equipment, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2020, www.astm.org

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