Rubber Removal

Rubber Removal

Rubber Removal | Re-texturing

The main reason for friction loos on touchdown zones of runways is vulcanized rubber deposits from turbojets landing. Due to recommendations of official organizations like ICAO, all runways with 15 daily landing and more, must have a plan to remove the rubber from the touchdown zone to keep it away from getting slipping.

OPAL’s durable, specialized equipment, skilled staff make us the pioneer contractor in the region. We are offering a satisfying service by:
the highest production rate per hour
High rate for removal
Lowest effect on pavement structure
No debris leaving on runway
Integrated equipment with less staff
Capability to immediate clearance of airfield with no debris
environmentally sound practices

We build our equipment by ourselves. It makes us the most matching service contractor in a specific market region.

Friction maintenance program schedule based on level of turbo-jet aeroplane operations for each runway end

Daily turbo-jet aeroplane landings for runway end [H] Annual aeroplane mass for runway end (million kg) [K] Minimum friction survey frequency [M] Minimum rubber removal frequency [N]
Less than 15 Less than 447 Once per year Once every 2 years
16 to 30 448 to 838 Once every 6 months Once every year
31 to 90 839 to 2404 Once every 3 months Once every 6 months
91 to 150 2405 to 3969 Once every month Once every 4 months
151 to 210 3970 to 5535 Once every 2 weeks Once every 3 months
Greater than 210 Greater than 5535 Once every week Once every 2 months


1. Airports that exceed 31daily turbo-jet aeroplane landings are more critical with respect to friction deterioration caused by rubber accumulation due to increased aeroplane activity.
2. In addition to daily turbo-jet aeroplane landings for runway ends, other factors should be considered by the airport operator when determining rubber removal, such as the type and age of pavement, annual climate conditions, time of year, number of wide-body aeroplanes that operate on the runways, and length of runways.
3. Reference columns [H] and [K]: After calculating [H] and [K], the airport operator should select the column which has the higher value and then select the appropriate values in columns [M] and [N].

Rubber Removal

On touchdown Zones
Rubber Removal

Water blasting uses water needls to remove rubber deposite from touch down areas on runway. All pavement types can use this method to recover their texture and required friction. Water blasting also useful on grooved concrete runways to empty the grooves.

Marking Cleaning

Cleaning | Rejuvenation
Marking Cleaning

Water blasting washes old marking to shine like a new markings. In the case of two component markings, it can shave a thick layer of markings and shine it like a new line. Line cleaning happens during Rubber removal by itself

Surface Cleaning

Oil Removal
Rubber Removal

Water blasting can clean drained oil deposit on aircraft parking areas with no damage on concrete and aerolastics.


Texturing | Friction recovery
Marking Cleaning

Water blasting recover old smooted runways texture to absorbing rain water and make the friction over 0,6 to make a safe landing and breaking.